Joe Bontempo, Chief of Staff

Joe brings 15 years of experience leading operational processes for Fortune 500 companies to The Recycling Partnership. As Chief of Staff, he is driven by the desire to apply his operations and finance experience and passion for economics to a mission that creates more vibrant communities and a healthier environment. Whether streamlining systems or analyzing economic models, Joe is a strategic thinker helping The Partnership deliver on its bold vision to protect the planet by improving recycling and activating a circular economy in the U.S.

Why I Care About Recycling and a Circular Economy

“While I spent the early stages of my career in businesses where profit and growth were paramount, I’ve come to realize that environmental health and social equality are going to require fundamental shifts in our country’s economic model. I’m energized by The Partnership’s role in catalyzing a circular economy in the U.S. and I’m confident we can demonstrate how environmental health, equality, and economic prosperity can work in harmony.”

Personal Passions and Interests

Outside of The Partnership, you can find Joe enjoying the sunshine with his wife and two sons at their home in Davidson, North Carolina, mountain biking, or visiting family in Cleveland.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Finance and Master of Business Administration with honors from John Carroll University
  • Six Sigma Green Belt Certification from Case Western Reserve University
  • Advanced Certificates in Financial and Economic Modeling
  • Contributing Author: The Recycling Partnership’s 2020 State of Curbside Report


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