Gary Liss recently received the 2018 Lifetime Achievement in Recycling from the National Recycling Coalition at the 2018 Resource Recycling Conference in St. Louis.
The national awards program honors and recognizes outstanding individuals, programs and organizations for their achievements and to serve as a model and a resource for learning for coalition members. .
Liss, a Loomis resident and former Loomis mayor, is “tireless, dogged, determined and committed,” according to the National Recycling Coalition awards committee.
Liss has 40-plus years of experience in the solid waste and recycling field. A founder and past president of the National Recycling Coalition, Liss was San Jose’s solid waste manager and developed the city’s recycling programs into national models.
He is a leading advocate of Zero Waste and a special Zero Waste advisor to the GrassRoots Recycling Network.
Liss’ achievements in 1970 include helping Start students Organized Against Pollution (SOAP) at Tufts and writing part of New Jersey’s energy master plan setting a statewide goal of 25-percent recycling.
In the 1980s, Liss moved to California, worked on waste issues in San Jose and continued on the National Recycling Coalition board.
In the 1990s, and specifically in 1995, Liss helped develop the Grass Roots Recycling network to champion Zero Waste and started Gary Liss & Associates.
Today, the National Recycling Coalition awards committee points out, Liss continues to help communities nationally and internationally on Zero Waste. His current titles include Gary Liss & Associates president, Zero Waste USA vice-president, Zero Waste International Alliance board member and US Zero Waste Business Council past president.