Rick Anthony


Rick Anthony

Richard V. Anthony began his career in Public Administration in 1971 as a manager of the California State University Long Beach Recycling Center. He received a MS in Public Administration in 1974. Mr. Anthony has worked his entire career in environmental program management positions. He is an internationally recognized and published expert in the area of Resource Management using the Zero Waste Systems approach. He has participated in developing zero waste plans since 1998. In November 2009, he led an International Dialog on Zero Waste in Puerto Princesa Philippines and in February 2009 in Naples Italy. Richard Anthony is a founder and member of the Board of Directors of the California Resource Recovery Association, the Grassroots Recycling Network, and the Zero Waste International Alliance. In 2009 he participated in the development of Zero Waste Plans for Los Angeles, Austin, Dubuque, and the Island of Hawaii. He is an Instructor in the Californian Resource Recovery Association Certificate Program and Board Member of the California Resource Management Training Institute.

Zero Waste Experience

  • Organized and Spoke at Zero Waste Workshops and Panels for CRRA, GRRN, NRC, ERF, GAIA, Sierra Club in the United States; and internationally in Canada, China, Japan, Philippines, Mexico, UK, Sweden, Holland, France, Switzerland and Italy.
  • Zero Waste Plan Del Norte (feasibility study, cluster analysis, voids analysis, initial planning documents.) Gary Liss et al 1996-8.
  • Zero Waste Curriculum, San Diego Urban Corps CEO 1999
  • Zero Waste Program Implementation for San Luis Obispo County Integrated Waste Authority 1998 – present.
  • Zero Waste Plan for Hong Kong Green Peace “ ILSR, Kelly Lease and Richard Anthony 2001
  • Organized Zero Waste Workshops for Swiss Academy of Science R Series congresses in Geneva 2002, Beijing 2005, Davos 2007, and Nagoya 2009.
  • International Dialog in San Francisco 2003 and Zero Waste Action Workshop in Oakland 2004, Naples Italy 2009, and Puerto Princesa Philippines 2009.
  • Founding Board Member Zero Waste International Alliance 2003
  • Authored Chapter in Swiss Engineering Textbook Ludwig “Municipal Solid Waste Management” Reduce Reuse Recycle, the Zero Waste Approach, 2003.
  • Manager for the Zero Waste Communities, San Bernardino County 2002 -2005
  • Zero Waste Centre Feasibility Study” for the Waveney District of Suffolk County, and Great Yarmouth of Norfolk County, England. 2005 to current.
  • Participation in the Zero Waste Plans and Resource Analysis 2006 – current
    • Palo Alto Zero Waste Plan
    • Oakland Zero Waste Plan
    • Los Angeles Zero Waste Plan
    • Austin, Texas Zero Waste Plan
    • Central Vermont (GLA/RAA) Zero Waste implementation planning
    • Carroll County Maryland (RAA/GLA/Jeff Morris) Zero Waste Analysis
    • State of Delaware Natural Resources and Environmental Control “resource analysis”
    • San Jose Zero Waste Plan
    • Island of Hawaii
    • Dubuque, Iowa


Resource Management Experience

Richard Anthony is a active participant in his profession. He is a member of the Board of Directors for the Zero Waste International Alliance www.ZWIA.org, Grassroots Recycling Network www.grrn.org, California Resource Recovery Association www.crra.com, Keep California Beautiful, and Chair of the Citizen Advisory Committee on Integrated Waste Management for the County of San Diego.

Mr. Anthony has taken a special interest in Marine Debris. He has presented Captain Moore at several International dialogs and CRRA conferences. He is a member of the Committee against the Plague of Plastic. He was a member of the CA Costal Commission committee on Marine Debris. He has been a lecturer on what to do with plastic in the marine environment at the American Academy of Science meeting In Southern California in 2006 and on the same subject for the Department of Marine Science for the University of Hawaii at Hilo. He presented on this subject at R09 in Nagoya Japan in September 2009 and in Puerto Princesa Philippines in November 2009.

Mr. Anthony helped San Bernardino County with Waste Reduction and Recycling from July 2001-04, provided Imperial County assistance in preparing their recycling plans. (1999-2000). He was CAO of the San Diego Urban Corps a youth conservation group in 2000. He assisted Del Norte County develop one of the first US Zero Waste Plans in 1998 and the Del Mar Fairgrounds reduce their sewage bill by composting food discards.

Mr. Anthony has nearly 20 years of experience working inside County Public Works Agencies as Principal Program Manager for the Fresno (79-87) and San Diego County Public Works Department (87-98). He has implemented waste reduction and recycling programs prescribed by the United States and the California Environmental Protection Agencies, the California Integrated Waste Management Board and the Department of Conservation for private and public clients recognized by State and National peer groups as best of the class.


Government Experience:


County of Fresno, Public Works; Solid Waste Program Coordinator 1979-1987); State of California, Senate Task Force for Solid Waste Management; Recycling Committee Chairman (1987-1989); County of San Diego, Public Works; Manager Wastewater, Principal Solid Waste Program Manager (1987-1998).


Zero Waste Advisor to Cities of Los Angeles, Austin, San Jose, Santa Maria, Dubuque, Counties of Island of Hawaii, San Luis Obispo, San Benito, San Bernardino, Del Norte, San Diego, Central Vermont, citizens in Naples Italy and Councilman Uno Lim of Manila, Philippines (2008- 2009).

County of San Luis Obispo’s Waste Reduction and Recycling Specialist (1998-present

County of Imperial, Waste Reduction and Recycling Consultant (1998-2000);

Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Compliance, Delaware (2007),

Carroll County Maryland (2007), County of San Bernardino Waste Reduction and Recycling Consultant (2001-2004)

Private Sector Experience:

Richard Anthony Associates, 1979-present, Principal; Urban Corps of San Diego 2000, Chief Executive Officer; SCS Engineers; Project Scientist (1974-1979)


Recycler of the Year; California Resource Recovery Association 2003; Best Regional Recycling Program; National Recycling Coalition 1993; Best Recycling Program; California Department of Conservation 1990; National Environmental Leader CRRA, National Recycling Coalition 1987; Recycler of the Year; California Resource Recovery Association 1984.