Lily Schwartz, Manager of Public Policy & Government Affairs

With experience that spans researching and analyzing public policy to working on-the-ground with Orange County, North Carolina’s community recycling program, Lily brings a unique background and perspective to The Recycling Partnership’s Public Policy & Government Affairs Team. She previously served as The Recycling Partnership’s Community Program Support Specialist where she refined her knowledge of recycling policy, operations, and measurement. An extroverted environmentalist, Lily believes that conversation and collaboration are the keys to a sustainable and equitable future.

Why I Care About Recycling

“My passion for recycling and a circular economy was sparked on my first backpacking trip, during which I was responsible for carrying out all of the waste that I generated. Having this weight on my shoulders while in the beautiful outdoors forced me to really consider the impact of our waste on both people and the planet – leading me to embark on a career where I can really make a difference in this space.”

Personal Passions and Interests

When she’s not building support for recycling in Washington, D.C., you can find Lily spending time outdoors, cheering for the Tar Heels, and dancing around her home in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.



Want to learn more about how we can use policy to accelerate a circular economy? Contact Lily at lschwartz @