Tim Flanagan


General Manager, Monterey Regional Waste Management District

Tim Flanagan is the General Manager of the Monterey Regional Waste Management District, where he manages a team of more than 150 professional, technical, and operations personnel. MRWMD facilities serve a population of 250,000 at facilities including HHW and e-waste recycling, an award-winning re-use store (the Last Chance Mercantile), a 5MW LFG facility and a 450-acre landfill. In his 15 years with the District, Mr. Flanagan has led the development of several capital projects including a $25 million state-of-the art Materials Recovery Facility, $14 million franchise collection hauler truck maintenance and administration facility, a CNG/RNG fuel facility; and the first California anaerobic digester for food waste and other organics.

Prior to joining the District, Mr. Flanagan worked for Waste Management Inc. (WM) for almost 20 years, managing several operations engaged in collections, transfer, and recycling processing. At WM, Tim also worked in the areas of local and regional business development, local and state recycling advocacy and regulatory compliance. He holds a B.A., in Public Policy & Economics (Urban Planning Emphasis) from the University of California at Santa Barbara.

Mr. Flanagan joined SWANA as a member of the Gold Rush Chapter in 2005; he is a SWANA certified Manager of Landfill Operations; and served as Director of SWANA’s Sustainable Materials Management Technical Division, which he also represented on the International Board. In 2016, he was elected to SWANA’s Executive Board. Mr. Flanagan is also a member of the California Resource Recovery Association and the National Recycling Coalition. He is a past member of the National Legislative Committee for the National “Buy Recycled” Alliance and served on the Development Committee for the US Conference of Mayors Technical Advisory Committee for Solid Waste Management and Resource Recovery.