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T his company upholds a clear and relevant mission of environmental responsibility. Its parent company is the fifth largest recycling and resource recovery company in America with a workforce of 4,000. And, it’s employee- owned. That’s admirable. Recology’s Roots Recology South Valley traces its roots back to the 1950s when John Luchetti and Randy Acker bought Gilroy Garbage, which provided hauling services for local area farms and ranches. In the 1960s they brought John’s son Dick and another partner into the business and changed the name to South Valley Disposal. Two decades of growth and mergers and acquisitions followed. In 1985, company owners considered either selling the company, conducting a management buyout, or establishing an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP). The later option was chosen in 1986. The concept of employees owning shares of their companies dates back to the pre- Social Security era of the 1800s when many people aging out of the workforce faced life without a source of income. Company owners decided to set aside stock for their employees as an incentive to work hard and dedicate themselves to their jobs over the long term. That turned out to be a smart move. In 2009, the company was renamed Recology South Valley. The founder’s two grandsons work for the company today and a significant number of employees have been with the company for decades. The Quest for Zero Waste What defines Recology today? WASTE ZERO. But what does that mean? According to Recology General Manager Phil Couchee, “It’s our ral- lying cry. It means we’re making the best and highest use of all resources manufactured, consumed, recovered and remanufactured.” “Our goal is to help the community use resources wisely while reducing waste, recycling all that it can, and finding ways to use waste products in ways that benefit the environment,” Couchee said. He joined Recology in 2004 with a track record of 14 years in the business. Recology South Valley serve [ܙ[[ [X\[[K\\[X[]]\K[[[][K]œ\[\[H\\\ H\][˜\[Y\\[[ܙH[ \Y[X[[ LK [Y\X[\Y\[[YܛXKܙYۋ[\[ۋH[ T[\][ۂ[\[x&]H]YYH\YBZK]8&\X\HZHXx&\\X\™܈ܘ[Y Z\]\\YHZ[B]\ZHܚX][^YH]܈^][\ٙX\ [[H^[[H][ˈ^HZB\X\\K\X\Y\\KXXX\]\Y\؜]B\]\Yݙ\Z[ \Y []Y[[\Y[܈[ [HB] XHZ\]ٙ\[˂^H[[\HZ\[[[و[YK[\H[[ۙ^HYX][\X]\[[[H\XKX Y\[ \X\\[XX[˂[YH[\[\ۈH8'\B\'HX[H\Z\Yܝۈ[[˜\[\\[ܙX\HXX[[]\[ۂXX\[HXܙX\[X]\X[[[[ ']\HYX]H\Y\X]XX[\[܈0ܙX]B\H[H\XKH[HYX]YX^[\[][]Y\8'H[\ZY H\H\X[Hٙ\ۜ]H\]\\Y[&H\Z[X[]H[[ۜZ[ۙX\HX[H]Y][\Z^H\XH[ۜ[\]Z\ BY[Y[YY˂Xܙ[XYKH\[B\XZ[Z[]X[]Y\\\[SH8(SԑSS8(SPTSTS PVH NX[\X[H]]\Y][›[[]HY[]ܞH\]Z\[Y[˂H[X\X\'ۈ]\YK[ܙ[[[[B\Y[XXH N\[وH\BX[K8'HHYY 8'x&\H[˜][\ݚ[[ۈH[Y\X[YK'BXx&\X[ۈ]\\B[[]Y\YۈHۜ[Y\XB[^ JHX\YHH\X]HقX܈]\X܈H^H\XK\B]\\HY\Y[X[H\Yۂ\[وHX\YK'XXX\H [\Y[]X]H L ^YX\Y\[8'HXYB^Z[Y XH][^H\˜H[\\^YXZ[[[H]XX[K]Z[YYX[X[X[]XY][X[\\Y\Y\HY][[[H[Y[K\X\HZ[\XY]]ۙ\\YH\\Y]\[\˂]\X\XX[X[\Y\X\[]H[]\ܛX[BH\[\YHوHZXH[›\]HHX[\HX\\YB[XX[۝Z[\[[YZ\۝[[HX\H]8&\˜\XY ^x&\HH\\[Y[ HY[\]\\]\]  [BXۈYX[Yۙ][ۜ˜[[Y[\Y\\XH\]Y\Y]H^KH\Yو]\\\] N [K^Z[™\YۈZ\]\\[[܂\]\HH\]\[][œY[HY\HY]˂\[[X[ۈ\]YˈۙH\HH^\و\\]H[™܈\\\X[[\˂'X[  H[\H[ݙY8&[HX[x&HXX[X]\HBܝ[\X[]Y\وX]\X[Xݙ\BX[]Y\ THY]Y 8'HXYBZY 8'X]\X[]\HX[[Y˜H[X[YX\Y\H\\]YBZ^KB