Global Recycling Standards Organization appoints new interim executive director
The Global Recycling Standards Organization (GRSO) has appointed Rike Sandlin as interim executive director.
The GRSO is a global standards organization that administers a variety of standards and best practices for the resource conservation sector, including the widely utilized Recycling Industry Operating Standard (RIOS) standard and certification.
"We are excited for Rike to lend his years of experience and leadership as we build on the strong foundation set by the GRSO board of directors, setting the stage for the organization's next phase," said GRSO Chair George Hinkle. "Our priority is to continue our mission in helping recyclers of all types optimize the quality of processes, improve environmental footprints and impacts, while providing a safe and healthy work environment for their employees."
A key focus of GRSO, RIOS standards and certification are specifically designed for the recycling industry. The program integrates operational elements of a robust management system by bringing quality, environmental, and health and safety together into one streamlined system. RIOS is a program that is designed to assist recyclers across all commodities with the goal of improving their environmental and health and safety performance.
"I am honoured to serve as interim executive director," said Sandlin. "Serving as chair of RIOS for seven years allowed me to see firsthand the positive work and impact that GRSO is able to deliver for recyclers across all commodities. I look forward to working with the Board to develop a vision and plan for our continued growth."
Sandlin, who served as Chair of RIOS from 2009 to 2016, is the founder and CEO of Rivervista Partners. Rivervista Partners advises sustainability-focused organizations, primarily serving the electronics reuse and recycling industry. His leadership has been recognized throughout the industry with appointments as chair of the RIOS Board of Directors, chair of ISRI's Certification & Standards and Education & Training Committees, and co-chair of the R2 Technical Advisory Committee.