Mike Rogge

Smithline appointed CalRecycle Director

By Mike Rogge

Capitol Update, July 28, 2015 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

On Thursday, July 16th, Governor Jerry Brown announced that he had appointed Scott Smithline, 45, of Davis as director of the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (popularly known as CalRecycle), replacing Caroll Mortensen who resigned in June.  Scott has been serving as assistant director for policy development since 2011.  This position requires Senate confirmation.

Smithline was a consultant at the Smithline Group from 2008 to 2011, director of legal and regulatory affairs at Californians Against Waste from 2003 to 2008 and an attorney at Lawyers for Clean Water in 2001. He earned a Juris Doctor degree from the Golden Gate University School of Law and was a fellow at the Golden Gate University School of Law’s Environmental Law and Justice Clinic in 2000 to 2001.  Scott  has also presented at the CMTA/IEA Environmental conference in the recent past. 

CalRecycle is charged with both regulating the state’s waste management industry and supporting efforts to increase recycling. The agency administers the Beverage Container Recycling and Litter Reduction Act (Bottle Bill program), as well as programs for recycling electronic waste, tires, mattresses, and carpet, among other products that have proven to be hard to manage at the end of life. CalRecycle has over 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.

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