Debbie Raphael, second from left, and Assemblymember Richard Bloom, far right, accept their respective awards from Californians Against Waste staff on September 11th.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – At an evening reception in Sacramento on August 11th, San Francisco Department of Environment Director Debbie Raphael received the “Recycling Champion of the Year” award from Californians Against Waste, a statewide non-profit environmental research and advocacy organization. Each year, Californians Against Waste recognizes members of the Legislature and other distinguished leaders for their efforts to advance waste reduction and recycling in California. This year, the group honored Assemblymember Richard Bloom of Santa Monica and Department of Environment Director Debbie Raphael.  

“Under Debbie’s leadership, San Francisco has not only set ambitious waste reduction and climate targets, but has implemented concrete policies to achieve these goals,” said Mark Murray, Executive Director of Californians Against Waste. “Debbie has set a tremendous example for other communities by blazing a path forward locally on important issues like producer responsibility, ending the blight of plastic pollution, and recovering food waste to feed people and sequester carbon.”  

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