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About Us

Arthur Boone was born in Yonkers, New York in 1938. After high school, he attended Princeton University where he graduated cum laude in English in 1960. A year of graduate work at Brown University, a year teaching at a black college in Virginia, and three years at Union Theological Seminary in New York prepared him for the ministry of the Episcopal Church, and he served churches in Rhode Island and Vermont until 1972 when he became the staff director of the State of Rhode Island's Commission for Human Rights.

In 1975 he moved to Berkeley, California where, after seven years as an equal employment consultant and trainer, he has worked since 1983 in recycling, first running a small, neighborhood program in Oakland for six years and then, for fifteen years, as a journeyman working mostly for others. He turned 65 in 2003 and since then has been primarily involved with various recycling projects and trying to make himself useful to the larger recycling community while pulling together his writings from the last 25 years to which this website is primarily dedicated.

Boone is best known today for his fifteen years producing a one-day seminar each spring for the Northern California Recycling Association [NCRA] called RECYCLING UPDATE which is in fact an innovations conference bringing together 25 speakers, mostly from the Bay Area, who are identified as doing things that are "new and different" in the recycling field. About 200 people each year from throughout northern California attend this program in Oakland; some of its work is on the NCRA website. He has also been teaching introductory recycling classes for twenty years in various venues.

The Center for Recycling Research [CRR] is an outgrowth of Boone's interests in the details of the recycling industry: its policies, programs, legislation, materials, history, etc. At various points in his recycling career Boone has been involved with the Oakland Recycling Association, the Phoenix Lo-Tech Organization, the Total Recycling Association, and Total Recycling Associates; none, except for the last, are now active.

If there were professors of recycling, Boone might well be one, but there aren't, so Boone labors on as a practicing (though untenured) scholar.