Imagine our schools as leaders in environmental sustainability, giving students the tools to be innovators, and giving them a healthy environment in which to learn and play. Recycling at school empowers kids to make a difference, and teaches them environmental values that will stay with them for life. The real question is, "Why not?"

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The Ratto Group - A family of companies has trained and enthusiastic recycling educators available at no charge to work with your school to implement or enhance your recycling program, and to present recycling information to students in the classroom or school wide assemblies. To contact a Recycling Coordinator, contact customer service and ask to be transferred to Recycling Outreach, or email


  • Site Visit: Outreach staff is available to visit your school to start or enhance your current recycling program. We can provide recommendations for sizes, update signage on indoor cans or outdoor bins so they're clearly marked and work with staff to determine the most effective way to reach your students and make recycling as easy to do as possible.
  • Presentations: To teach your students about what happens to garbage and recycling once it leaves school, our staff can provide grade-appropriate presentations or school wide assemblies where we can provide information, activities and answer students questions.

Meet the Team

Bessie Martinez - Recycling Outreach Coordinator

Working with the company for the last 16 years, Bessie is an invaluable asset to the Recycle Outreach team. She is knowledgeable and experienced on the ins and outs of the business and specializes in public interaction and customer service. Bessie covers Novato, West Marin, and Petaluma as well as schedules all donation requests (To get started with a donation request please contact Lisa at To contact Bessie call (707) 585-5273 or email her at

Ambrosia Thomson - Recycle Outreach Coordinator

Ambrosia has a background in the banking, non-profit, and education fields. She brings 15+ years experience to her position. In her previous work, she started an onsite recycling program for her company with excellent success. She is committed to connecting and educating the community about recycling and protecting our beautiful Sonoma County. Her territory will cover Sebastopol, Rural West County, Pacific Coast Rohnert Park, Cotati, and Santa Rosa. To contact Ambrosia call (707) 588-3684 or email her at

Lisa Moore - Recycle Outreach Coordinator

Lisa comes to the Ratto Group as a graduate of Sonoma State University and SRJC. Having grown up in Sonoma County and living in Cotati for the last 30 plus years she truly brings her local roots. Lisa's dedication to the community and surrounding areas is evidenced by her involvement in many roles and organizations from non-profit boards to city commissions and elected office. Working with so many others from business to education has given her the tools she needs in her new role reaching out in a positive, friendly, manner to help with our recycling goals. Her territory will include Cloverdale, Healdsburg, Windsor, Santa Rosa, and East Sonoma County as well as handles communications for donation requests. To contact Lisa Call (707)586-7709 or email

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