Michael Timpane is a principal and vice president of process optimization and material recovery for RRS. With over 40 years in executive field operations and development roles with the largest public recycling companies in the U.S., Michael has gained a reputation for thought leadership, management, and technical execution in recycling processing, landfill diversion planning and technology, recycling systems pricing, facility development, material streams, recycling/organics system economics , recoverable commodities, and process improvement.

Recent Team Projects

  • Glass Recycling Coalition: RRS led the formation and is the current managing consultancy providing research, planning, day-to-day management and communications for the self-funded supply chain collaborative that promotes best practices for strengthening glass recycling.
  • U.S. Haulers & MRFs: RRS provides on-going consultation with major U.S. MRF and solid waste providers including matching material partners and MRF processors.


  • Paper Stock Industries Chapter of ISRI
  • National Waste and Recycling Association Recycling Committee
  • ISRI MRF Council

Topical Expertise

  • Recycling Infrastructure Development and Evaluation
  • Single-/Dual-Stream/Mixed Waste Processing
  • RFPs, Negotiations, Contracts
  • Material Collection and Processing Costs
  • Derived Commodity Value
  • Operations and LEAN Manufacturing

Recent Speaking Engagements/Publications

  • WasteExpo (May 2017): The Ins and Outs of Inbound Specifications for Material Recovery Facilities
  • Southeast Recycling Development Council (SERDC) Recycling Summit (Nov 2016): The Road to Success: Collaborative Efforts to Keep Glass in Recycling Systems (moderator)
  • Paper & Plastics Recycling Conference (Oct 2016): Maximizing Safety and Productivity (moderator)
  • Waste360 Recycling Summit (Sep 2016): Plastic Market Updates and Packaging Evolution
  • Recycling Today (Aug 2016): The Need for Innovation
  • Resource Recycling Inc. (Jul 2016): Paying the Fare to Ride the Single-Stream
  • WasteExpo (Jun 2016): Managing the Risk of Recycling Markets
  • ISRI Annual Convention (Apr 2016): Materials Recovery for the Future – Flexible Packaging and MRF Recovery
  • Flexible Packaging Association Summit (Jan 2016): Materials Recovery for the Future – Flexible Packaging Research Program
  • Resource Recycling Inc. (Nov 2015): Negotiating the Single Stream
  • National Waste & Recycling Association Meeting (Oct 2015): Costs of Recycling and Diversion
  • Resource Recycling Inc. (Oct 2015): Ship Shape
  • Resource Recycling Conference (Sep 2015): Where MRFs and Markets Meet
  • Resource Recycling Inc. (May 2015): Master and Commander of the MRF
  • Northeast Recycling Council (NERC) Conference (Apr 2015): Economics of Mixed Waste Processing and Division


  • Bachelor of Arts, Geography/Ecosystems, University of California Los Angeles (UCLA)


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