Meet The CR&R Environmental Team


CR&R Incorporated is one of Southern California’s most innovative and successful waste and recycling collection companies, serving more than 3 million people and over 25,000 businesses throughout Orange, Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Imperial and Riverside counties. In addition, we also have operations in Southern Arizona and Colorado. Thanks to groundbreaking technologies and pioneering reclamation programs, we are able to recycle over 500,000 tons of materials each year, creating cleaner communities, reducing air and water pollution, conserving landfill space and extending our natural resources. We’re striving to make your neighborhood a better place to live, work and play.


Clifford R.

David Ronnenberg


David Fahrion

Paul Relis

Dean Ruffridge

Alex Braicovich

George Lazaruk

Bob Williams

Maria Lazaruk

Clifford R.Ronnenberg

Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and Founder

In 1963, Clifford purchased his first disposal company. As he expanded his operations over the years to 50 long-term and exclusive franchise collection territories and 12 long-term material processing contracts, he never lost sight of his vision to become a true steward for the community as well as the environment. Today, CR&R recycling and waste operations reflect that stewardship, serving more than two million customers with some of today’s most innovative, environmentally friendly services and technologies.


In 1963, Clifford Ronnenberg bought a small waste management company with big ideas for the future.

He quickly realized that the collection and disposal of garbage was not only a necessary job, but an important responsibility he had in his community. This responsibility spurred Mr. Ronnenberg to try his hand at making a difference in his town through new and exciting environmental initiatives. Over the years, CR&R has researched, developed and introduced some of the most cutting edge technologies and services in the industry Ideas that are designed to make life easier, cleaner and safer for our communities while dramatically improving our ability to recycle and recover materials that were originally destined for the landfill.

Our leading-edge initiatives over the years include: opening what was to become the largest public recycling buy-back facility in Orange County; extending that concept to retail buyback outlets at grocery stores; introducing an innovative three-can curbside recycling program that revolutionized the ability to easily recycle at home — and then improving on that idea with material recovery technology that automatically separates recyclables from trash; developing and installing California’s first bio-filter to minimize odors from our solid waste recycling plant; converting our trash collecting fleet to clean-burning natural gas; opening a state-of-the-art materials recovery center that saves 1,000 tons of used construction materials from the landfill each day; and constructing what will soon be one of the largest and most technologically advanced Anaerobic Digester that will convert our Organic Waste Materials into the cleanest burning fuel in California,.

We’re proud of our more than 50 years of innovation, impeccable service to our communities, and commitment to our environment. Even after five decades, we’re just getting started.