Bob has worked in the solid waste industry for over 30 years. At Curb My Clutter Bob is responsible for development and execution of a national growth plan for this exciting new company designed to mine clothing and electronics from homes, at the “curb”.
Entering the waste industry in 1987 Bob join Browning-Ferris Industries (BFI) selling commercial waste services. Over the next 9 years Bob gained increasing responsibilities and experience in sales management, medical waste services, operating a segment of a 90,000-household residential system and municipal development. In 1995 Bob joined the mergers/acquisition/business development group purchasing over 42 companies, divesting $54 million in collection companies and 5 Real Estate holdings in 10 years for BFI and Allied Waste after their successful acquisition of BFI in 1999.
In 2005 Bob was recruited to FCR and was Director of Business Development and Marketing and responsible for the growth of 24 recycling facilities through the US until 2011 at the formation of ReCommunity Recycling. After the formation of ReCommunity Recycling Bob was responsible for the Mid-Atlantic Region which included New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, New York and Connecticut. During his 12-year stewardship of the Mid-Atlantic Region it grew from processing 150,000 tons per year to over 530,000 tons per year and included the successful negotiation of a 20-year processing contract with the State of Delaware which included the investment and construction of a $15-million dollar, 35 tph MRF to support the contract. Bob managed some of the largest municipal contracts in the company including the City of Philadelphia, PA and Camden County, NJ. The transition from dual stream to single stream provided an excellent environment to foster growth.
Bob serves on the Board of Directors for the Pennsylvania Recycling Markets Center, in an executive capacity as Secretary, Association of New Jersey Recyclers (ANJR). He was appointed by the Mayor of Philadelphia to serve on the Solid Waste and Recycling Advisory Committee and is past Board Member of Professional Recyclers of Pennsylvania.
Bob received his Bachelor of Science from Florida State University.
Jessica Schreiber is the Founder of FABSCRAP, which provides convenient pickup and recycling of fabric scraps from businesses in New York City and create opportunities for reuse. Prior to launching FABSCRAP, she was responsible for New York City’s textile recycling and e-waste recycling contracts and programs as a Senior Manager in the Bureau of Recycling and Sustainability at the Department of Sanitation. She has a Master’s degree in Climate and Society from the Earth Institute at Columbia University and was recently featured in Apparel Magazine’s Top Elite Under 30.
Ron is the Co-Founder and Managing Director of Closed Loop Partners, an investment platform that invests in sustainable consumer goods, recycling and the development of the circular economy. Investors include many of the world’s largest consumer goods companies and family offices interested in investments that provide strong financials returns and tangible social impact.
Prior to the Closed Loop Fund, Ron was the Deputy Commissioner of Sanitation, Recycling and Sustainability for New York City. He joined the Bloomberg administration with the task of rebuilding NYC’s recycling program, managing NYC’s paper, metal, glass, plastic, textile waste, electronic waste organics as well as public policy and legislation.
In 2013, NRDC and Earth Day New York named Ron as the Public Official of the Year in New York City.
Ron has been an Adjunct Professor at Columbia Business School since 2010. In 2012, he was the recipient of the Social Enterprise Teaching Award for Excellence in Teaching.
From 2004-2010, Ron was the Co-Founder and CEO of RecycleBank. During his tenure as CEO, the company grew from an idea into a company that serviced over 50 cities and over 1 million households. RecycleBank was recognized with a number of business and environmental awards including the Philadelphia Sustainability Award, The Conference of Mayors – Public/Private Partnership of the Year Award and a Technology Pioneer award from the World Economic Forum.
Ron has been a recipient of a number of environmental and business awards including being recognized as a ‘Champion of the Earth’ by the United Nations Environment Program which is the highest distinction for environmental protection given by the United Nations and recognizes outstanding visionaries and leaders in the fields of policy, science and entrepreneurship and the Medal of Excellence from Columbia University which recognizes alumnus under the age of 45 for excellence in scholarship, public service and professional life.
Ron was a Henry Catto Fellow at the Aspen Institute, a past term member of the Council on Foreign Relations and is currently on the Board of Directors at Net Impact and serves as an advisor to Sidewalk Labs (a Google venture focused on developing technologies for cities). Since 2010, he has personally invested in a number of early stage companies focused on merging strong financials returns and tangible social impact.
He holds patents in the recycling industry and rewards/loyalty industry.
Ron received an MBA from Columbia Business School.
Bob has over 40 years’ experience in the Waste Industry. Entering the waste industry in 1970. The first 14 years he owned and operated his private waste company. In 1984, Bob merged his waste company with BFI Waste Systems. Bob held executive positions with BFI and Allied waste for 21 years. in the PA / NJ markets. During this time he developed and grew waste hauling, recycling and compost programs in Eastern PA, while operating one of the largest residential/commercial waste hauling divisions in the company. He started medical waste hauling and disposal on the East Coast for BFI Medical Waste Systems in the mid 1980’s.
From 2005 thru 2013 Bob was the GM/VP of Operations for Recyclebank’s New England and Mid-Atlantic Regions. Bob Milligan had responsibility for ensuring the success of Recyclebank’s hauler /municipal partner programs