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Westmont resident named administrator of Illinois Recycling Association

Published: Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013 2:09 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, July 25, 2014 4:51 a.m. CDT
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Erica Benson-ebenson@shawmedia.com Kim Lombardozzi waters some of her plants using rainwater from a rain barrel at her Westmont home on Saturday. Lombardozzi is the new administrator with the Illinois Recycling Association.

WESTMONT – A Westmont resident with a passion for aiding the environment has been named the head administrator for the Illinois Recycling Association.

Kimberly Lombardozzi’s new position will have her organizing the IRA’s June conference and coordinating key note speakers and relevant exhibitors.

“I have a passion for the environment and always wanted to do something for the planet,” she said. “And I always had a soft spot for IRA because they do things for Illinois.”

Based in Oak Park, the IRA is a collective voice for recycling on critical waste management issues facing this state, according to its website, illinoisrecycles.org.

As administrator, Lombardozzi will direct the IRA’s efforts in recycling outreach and education, and enhance membership opportunities, among other duties.

What brought you to the IRA?In 2002 and 2003 I was a board member and ran their annual conference... Having a good recycling program and reduce program is really important. ... It helps reduce and minimize the amount of resources we use. I really have a passion for it and am behind what they’re promoting: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.

What does this position mean to you? It means I’ll have the tools to reach out to more potential members through illinoisrecycles.org... There are a lot of great tools on there... We’re going to be redoing the website, as well as doing more outreach on Twitter and Facebook.

What are your goals as the new administrator? The two goals are to increase membership and fundraising, and to plan the conference... The conference [in June] will be the tool that will leverage the sponsorship... That brings exposure to the conference and anywhere from $1,000 to $10,000 in sponsorships.

What challenges are you anticipating?The economy. It has hit a lot of nonprofit organizations really hard so trying to over come that hump... It’s the same challenges every nonprofit is having.

What are you hoping to bring to the table at IRA? The vast network of colleagues throughout the industry, to help and support IRA. Plus, it’s important to the Illinois cities and suburbs... People want to do the right thing, we just need to give them the tools.

Why is the IRA is important? They’ve been around since 1980 and they’ve done quite a bit of educating... Educating the children brings that to the for fronts... A lot of those children are now having their own families... It’s just ingraining the behaviors in generations.

Editor’s Note: Answers were edited for length.

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