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MRN BOD Member Chaz Miller Honored

On July 19, Maryland Recycling Network (MRN) Board of Directors member Chaz Miller was recognized by Governor Larry Hogan at the Annual Crabfest of the Maryland Chapter of NWRA for his many years of service in the recycling industry (read story here). Chaz announced his retirement in May as director of policy/advocacy with the National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA). 

Chaz’s career in “garbage” began in 1976 at the EPA where he worked on its source separation program. At the time, the ultimate goal was to make curbside recycling pickup as routine as garbage pickup throughout the country. Since then, he has seen tremendous changes in the policies and procedures surrounding recycling and is most proud of having been a part of this "institutionalization of recycling.” In his announcement, Chaz also writes that he has been fortunate to have worked on many other garbage-related issues, learning much along the way. "All of these issues have been fascinating," he writes. "I have enjoyed working for an industry that provides essential environmental services. After all, we help keep America clean. Who could ask for anything more?"

Driven by his passion for recycling issues, Chaz has also been an active volunteer with MRN serving in many capacities, including treasurer, chairperson of the Finance Committee, chairperson of the State Recycling Organization Council, association president, past-president, and director. In 2011, Chaz talked with Mariner Management about his unique position of being on the both sides of the association world: the business side for a large national association and the volunteer side for his state association. "When you are on both sides of the fence, as an association volunteer and as an association professional, you see the complexity of it even more. When you work for an association you approach things one way; yet when you're a volunteer, you see it from a different perspective. I appreciate the richness of that experience."

Read “A Volunteer Story – Chaz Miller

While Chaz is retiring, he won’t be going far. He’ll still be involved in advocacy on recycling issues that he is most passionate about and will continue to write his column for Waste360.

We wish Chaz good luck on his new venture.