Center for the Development of Recycling

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The Center for the Development of Recycling (CDR) is a university-based, non-profit, environmental research and service organization. Established in 1989, CDR is committed to maintaining and distributing reuse and recycling information through its call center, website, chat line, and social media sites while developing its staff of service-learning students into environmental professionals.

CDR operates as the official recycling website for the counties of Santa Clara and San Mateo and is the Recycling and Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) call center for Santa Clara County. 

Located in the Department of Environmental Studies at San Jose State University (SJSU), faculty-managed service-learning students enroll in EnvS 193 to earn academic credit for their work on CDR projects for government agencies, consultants, and non-profit organizations.

CDR’s projects and students are managed by an Environmental Studies faculty member who is the CDR Director and CDR-experienced staff in the roles of CDR Administrative, HHW, Social Media, San Mateo County, and Project Managers.

For more information on CDR, recycling questions, or a free CDR publication list, visit the CDR website, or call (408) 924-5453 or (800) 533-8414.

Contact Information

Aaron Klemm

  • Office: WSQ 115D
  • Phone: (408)-924-5350
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