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APWA Names Tim Flanagan 2022 Public Works Person of the Year

February 25, 2022

(L to R) Guy Petraborg, Mike Niccum, Tim Flanagan, Tim Brownell. We’ll have what they’re having; a great time!

 

The Monterey Bay Chapter of the American Public Works Association (APWA) showed their appreciation of Tim Flanagan’s work at its General Meeting this week. The APWA’s Awards Committee and Board of Directors recognized Tim for his involvement with an extensive range of public works projects that greatly influence the community and continue positively impacting the environment.

Philip Edwards, Award Director, wrote in a letter to Tim, “Your support over the years of the Monterey Bay Chapter of APWA has been especially commendable and appreciated. We are pleased to recognize your outstanding work.”

Flanagan recognized the value of sustainable waste management long before others in the industry and played a key role in developing a pilot anaerobic digestion facility, which processes food waste and other organics into energy. This facility was the first in California to process organics from the municipal solid waste stream.

As the General Manager of the Monterey Regional Waste Management District (MRWMD), he acted as a leader in sustainable solid waste management and resource recovery. The Solid Waste Association of North America recognizes his work and the MRWMD as one of the “Best Solid Waste Systems in North America.”

In 2021, Flanagan initiated the partnership with the Veteran’s Transition Center of Monterey County with The Last Chance Mercantile. This public/non-profit partnership that Flanagan helped create has the benefit of providing stable jobs for our Veterans in transition and the reuse of recovered items instead of landfilling them.

Tim Flanagan continues making significant contributions in North America and globally. He does so as an SCS employee-owner. The award-winning environmental consulting and engineering firm has a history of innovation – a perfect fit for Tim to continue advancing programs in the region and across the U.S.

SCS Engineers Senior Vice President Michelle Leonard said, “This is the expert you want advising you on how to collect, transport, valorize, recover, and reuse various types of waste in a manner that does not jeopardize the environment, human health, or future generations.”

 

We send our congratulations to Tim with thanks to MRWMD and APWA!

 

Posted by Diane Samuels at 6:00 am

SWANA’s Timothy Flanagan Joins SCS Engineers

February 14, 2022

Timothy S. Flanagan, Project Director, SCS Engineers.

 

The former General Manager of the Monterey Regional Waste Management District and current Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) Vice President, Tim Flanagan, is now a Project Director with SCS Engineers in Pleasanton, California. Flanagan is putting his three decades of recycling and solid waste expertise to work for the firm’s clients.

Flanagan is well known in the waste industry and continues making significant contributions in North America and globally. He’s accomplished many successful waste diversion and recycling programs and sustainable facilities. He played a key role in developing a pilot anaerobic digestion facility, which processes food waste and other organics into energy. This facility was the first in California to process organics from the municipal solid waste stream.

He is the Past Director of SWANA’s Recycling and Special Waste Technical Division and presently the Vice President of the SWANA International Board. In that capacity, he plays an integral role in developing the Association’s new strategic plan and participating in identifying, selecting, and prioritizing the plan goals and strategies. Flanagan is also a past Gold Rush Chapter president, where he spearheaded efforts to team with the California Resource Recovery Association for the very successful Zero Waste Certification training program.

Flanagan’s public sector experience started in the City of Palo Alto and with the County of Santa Clara before he moved into the private sector. He was Waste Management’s Western Region Director of Recycling overseeing a thirteen-state network of MRFs and material sales and District Manager of collection, recycling, and transfer station operations covering northern and southern California for seventeen years.

In 2015, the Monterey Regional Waste Management District (MRWMD) appointed him as General Manager following his ten years as the Assistant General Manager. During his tenure, Flanagan oversaw $50 million of facilities expansion and development in materials recovery facility recycling and composting operations, equipment maintenance, household hazardous waste, engineering, and landfill site operations. MRWMD, a leader in effective solid waste management and resource recovery, has been recognized by SWANA as one of the “Best Solid Waste Systems in North America.” In 2016, SWANA’s Sustainable Material Management division recognized Flanagan with its “Distinguished Individual Achievement” Award.

In 2021, Flanagan initiated the partnership with the Veteran’s Transition Center of Monterey County with The Last Chance Mercantile. This public/non-profit partnership that Flanagan helped create has the benefit of providing stable jobs for veterans in transition and the reuse of recovered items instead of landfilling. The store offers an extensive inventory of unique items ranging from books to boats, scrap lumber to furniture, and clothing to household treasures. It’s been selected by the Monterey County Weekly Readers Poll as the “Best Eco-Friendly Business in Monterey County” for many years.

 

The Last Chance Mercantile

 

Michelle Leonard, SCS’s senior vice president leading its sustainable materials management practice, has this to say, “Tim is a collaborator, a mentor, a motivator. He embodies the spirit of resource recovery in all he has accomplished and his industry contributions. It is our pleasure and honor to welcome him to SCS Engineers.”

 

 

 

Posted by Diane Samuels at 6:00 am