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Pete Adrian
Recycling Coordinator
Solid Waste Agency of Lake County

Pete Adrian has been talking trash since 1994 when he was managing a student run recycling program at Northern Illinois University. He has been with SWALCO since 2001, assisting various municipalities and organizations within Lake County to decrease the toxicity and volume of waste disposed in our landfills through the implementation of aggressive recycling and waste diversion initiatives. He is responsible for managing the Agency’s Electronics Collection Program, monitoring residential and commercial waste and recycling service contracts and implementing various recycling education and awareness programs. He also assists with other Agency programs such as their household chemical waste collection program and their food waste diversion and composting programs. Pete holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Northern Illinois University and is a Certified Sustainable Resource Management Professional through the Illinois Recycling Association and Kankakee Community College. He is a board member of the Illinois Counties Solid Waste Management Association. He is also actively involved in the Illinois Food Scrap Coalition and the Illinois Product Stewardship Council and the Illinois Recycling Contamination Task Force. He has three children is an active Boy Scout adult leader and enjoys camping and hiking.