Randy Hartmann, Senior Director, Keep Georgia Beautiful Affiliate Operations He most recently served as the Chief Operating Officer for the Association County Commissioners of Georgia (ACCG). Prior to working for Georgia’s County Association, Randy amassed 20 plus years of local and state solid waste management experience and was recognized by USEPA for establishing solid waste metrics and measurements with a 2010 Notable Achievement Award and named Innovator of the Year in 2008 by the Georgia Recycling Coalition while serving as a solid waste management professional.
As a solid waste management professional, Randy started his career working for several solid waste management districts in Ohio and Iowa. Implementing public-private solid waste management solutions in Ohio, he relied upon the private sector for collection, processing, and disposal while implementing public policy, environmental education, grant programs, and legislative initiatives to implement waste reduction, recycling, and composting solutions in the communities he served. In Iowa, Randy directed the activities of a three-county interstate solid waste authority where he was responsible for managing the activities of a fully integrated solid waste management system including implementing the local solid waste management plan, solid waste collection and transfer, and Material Recover Facility (MRF), composting, and landfill operations in the state’s first subtitle D landfill.
Having relocated to Georgia, Randy directed the Office of Environmental Management for the Georgia Department of Community Affairs. Working with a dedicated team and a highly engaged, energetic Keep America Beautiful Affiliate network under the Keep Georgia Beautiful state affiliate, Randy implemented an award-winning solid waste management program and transitioned the role of his office to include environmental sustainability assistance to local officials. During this decade of his career he issued RFPs to solicit and retain research consults to assess littering and identify the public perception of littering and recycling behaviors. He worked with consults to design the research methodologies and survey instruments and leveraged the research findings to identify program partners, stakeholders, and funders to formulate and implement data driven-result based programs targeting specific audiences and constructing needed infrastructure. A few of the measurable results included implementing: a recycling infrastructure grant program that leveraged $4 of matching private funds for every $1 invested bringing curbside recycling programs to underserved areas of the state, an innovative turn-key Away-From-Home recycling program, a social marketing campaign targeting 18-24 year-olds to increase recycling participation, a targeted demographic and littering-source campaign, and re-defined the way recycling goals were measured -- establishing commodity based goals instead of relying solely upon a weight disposal reduction goal. Expanding the environmental sustainability role of his office, he worked with Georgia Keep America Beautiful Affiliates and other stakeholders to identify education and program needs to address water stewardship issues.
Currently at Keep America Beautiful, Randy is using his management and business acumen skills to lead a dedicated team of professionals to provide technical assistance and resources to KAB’s 600 plus local affiliate network to help motivate individuals to build and foster sustainable communities.