Bob Gedert is the local program manager for Beyond 34, a program supported by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation. He is a Cincinnati-based consultant with 40+ years of field experience in guiding communities toward sustainable materials management through a systems approach, bridging recycling best practices and sustainability toward local circular economies. He has expertise in bridging local economic development practices with zero waste goals through private-public partnerships that build local markets for recyclables through innovative entrepreneurships and collaborative business networks.
Bob served as department director of Austin Resource Recovery, leading the city toward zero waste goals through the city provided services of recycling collection, trash collection, household hazardous waste collection, yard and food waste collection, storm debris collection, street sweeping, and litter abatement. In addition to his tenure at Austin, he has served in the leadership of resource recovery in many communities including the City of Fresno, CA as chief of recycling operations; the Counties of Auglaize and Highland in Ohio; the City of Cincinnati in Ohio and communities across Indiana as Chief of Source Reduction and Recycling with the Indiana Department of Environmental Management.
Bob is the immediate past president of the National Recycling Coalition, and previously served on the board of directors for the National Stewardship Action Council and the Association of Ohio Recyclers. He was also the executive director of the California Resource Recovery Association, and a founding member of the California Product Stewardship Council. In 2019, Bob was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Recycling Coalition. Bob operates an office out of his home in Cincinnati, Ohio.