|Retirement Celebration for George Sidles!
Former WSRA Executive Director Retires After 27 Years in the Industry
You are cordially invited to celebrate George Sidles’ 27 years of public service at the Seattle Municipal Tower (700 5th Ave, downtown Seattle, across from the Columbia Tower) in Room 4901 on June 10, from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm. Roasts, food, and acknowledgments will all be enjoyed.
George was the first fulltime WSRA Executive Director, from 1987-1989. During his tenure he coordinated the recycling industries’ lobbying effort for the H.B. 1671, the “Waste Not Washington” Act and the first public sector representative (Jay Shepard) joined WSRA’s Board. When George started as Director Executive at WSRA, there were 68 members with an annual budget of $18,000. By the time he left the position, there were 180 members and a budget of $160,000+.
After leaving WSRA, George provided marketing and public relations for Tacoma Recycling until they were acquired by Murrey’s Disposal (now Waste Connections). His responsibilities shifted to operations as he helped with curbside and commercial recycling start-ups for their Pierce County franchise territory and cities. This offered George exposure to the challenges of meeting the operational challenges of solid waste and recycling service delivery.
Following this auspicious start, George served as a Waste Reduction Specialist for Clark County for over six years, coordinating the start-up of the County/Cities joint residential curbside program as well as leading wr/r planning, renegotiating transfer station and recycling contracts and other notable efforts. An active member of his community, George served on several local non-profit boards including the Red Cross and a local professional theatre group. Also an active Rotarian, George trained and served as a community mediator.
In 1998 George took on the role of Northwest Regional Manager for the WA State Dept. of Ecology, following Cullen Stephenson and prior to Peter Christiansen. For six years he supervised regional grant officers, technical staff and permit specialists supporting local solid waste and public health organizations.
From 2004- 2014, Seattle Public Utilities was George’s home base. He first served as the Business Area Manager for solid waste and recycling collection, processing and disposal. In this role he had a key function in the re-procurement of Seattle’s solid waste collection services. His responsibilities included planning, specification, vendor selection, and negotiations support which continued through the transition of sweeping new service contracts that took effect in 2009.
When the state met the 50% recycling goal established by the legislature in 1989, George decided to try something different. He defected in 2013 to the world of Drainage and Waste Water, where he worked on storm response planning, post storm evaluation and a variety of planning and policy initiatives.
After retirement, George intends to spend more time with his wife and son and explore what’s next. He’s not done yet!