Recology, San Francisco, announced on January 4 that Sal Coniglio was named CEO. Prior to this appointment, Coniglio served as executive vice president and chief operating officer of Recology. He took over on January 1 as part of a transition plan put in place before the December 31, 2020 retirement of Recology CEO Mike Sangiacomo.
Sangiacomo had been in the business for 37 years.
“I’ve dedicated more than three decades of my professional life to reecology, and I’m deeply proud of the work we’ve done together to reduce waste and promote recycling with a focus on sustainability,” Sangiacomo says. “I had the privilege of mentoring Sal during his five years at Recology, and I wish him and Recology much success in the future.”
Coniglio has worked in the waste management industry since 2000, starting as a weigher for Garaventa Enterprises (now Mt. Diablo Resource Recovery) in Pittsburg, California. He rose through the ranks within the company, first as a route auditor and then transitioning into management roles, overseeing various business aspects including collection operations, transfer stations, recovery facilities materials, landfills, composting, customer service, computer systems and finance.
Coniglio joined Recology in 2015 as General Manager of Recology Butte Colusa Counties and was promoted in 2018 to Group Manager of the Inland Group, overseeing many of the company’s Central Valley gathering and processing facilities in California. He was promoted to Executive Vice President and COO in July 2020.
“We are delighted that Sal is now stepping into this role. He’s a proven leader who knows our business inside out,” said Christa Steele, Chair of Recology’s Board of Directors. “He understands the critical importance of waste reduction, and is committed to advancing Recology’s sustainability efforts and building strong relationships with the communities we are privileged to serve. We look forward to working closely with him in the years to come. »
Recology is an integrated, employee-owned resource recovery company that provides materials collection, processing, commodity sales, and outreach and education to customers in California, Oregon and Washington. Recology has more than 3,700 employees, serving more than 150 communities.
“I am honored by this appointment,” says Coniglio. “Over the past five years, I’ve gotten to know our extraordinary base of dedicated employee owners, and I’m confident that together we can deliver exceptional customer service, advance Recology’s environmental stewardship, and support our communities. across California, Oregon and Washington.. As CEO, I am committed to continuing to embrace our strong employee-owner culture and striving for a workforce diverse and experienced work at all levels of the organization.I am also grateful to Mike for his leadership and trust in me to guide the next chapter of Recology.
During Sangiacomo’s tenure, Recology implemented numerous recycling and diversion programs. Sangiacomo also led an effort to add a third cart for organics collection. The move marked the nation’s first large-scale organic waste collection program and laid the foundation for further success using a three-cart system in San Francisco and beyond. Under Sangiacomo, Recology expanded its composting programs to other jurisdictions in California, Oregon and Washington and adopted the technology for advanced materials processing.
In April 2009, in an effort to redefine and expand Norcal Waste Systems as a geographically diverse company, Sangiacomo officially renamed the company to Recology. During his 37 years with the company, his size has more than quadrupled.
Sangiacomo was recognized for his leadership at Recology. Among other accolades, Sangiacomo recently received a Lifetime Civic Achievement Award from the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce and a Distinguished Citizen Award from the Commonwealth Club of California. He was also recently inducted into the National Waste and Recycling Association (NWRA) Hall of Fame.
“There’s no question that Mike has moved the industry forward and established recycling and waste management practices that will serve our communities and our planet for years to come,” Steele said. “We thank him for his contribution to Recology.”