CalRecycle director appointed

By CMTA Staff

Capitol Update, Oct. 28, 2011 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

On Friday, October 21, Governor Brown announced the appointment of Caroll Mortensen to serve as the new Director of the State’s Department of Resource Recovery and Recycling (CalRecycle).  CalRecycle is the state agency responsible for recycling, waste reduction, and product reuse, and oversees many recycling programs, including the Beverage Container Recycling and Litter Reduction Act, the E-waste Recycling Law, Used Oil, and Tires. The agency plays an important role in the stewardship of California's vast resources and promotes innovation in technology to encourage economic and environmental sustainability. CalRecycle has nearly 700 employees and an overall budget of $1.3 billion, the vast majority of which is paid out to consumers, recyclers and recycled product makers as recycling incentives.

For the last decade, Ms. Mortensen has served as one of the California Legislature’s Senior Environmental Policy Consultants, most recently as consultant to the Senate Environmental Quality Committee and advisor to the Committee’s Chair, Senator Joe  Simitian. She previously was consultant to the Assembly Environmental Safety and Toxic Material Committee. As consultant for the environmental committees, Mortensen’s principal responsibilities involved analyzing and providing recommendations on dozens of legislative proposals related to solid and hazardous waste, air and water quality being heard before the committees.

Prior to her work for the legislature, Ms. Mortensen worked for more than 13 years at the California Integrated Waste Management Board (the predecessor to CalRecycle), including four years as Legislative Director.

CMTA looks forward to working with Ms. Mortensen.

Read more Environmental Impacts articles

Capitol updates archive 989898989