Resource Synergy is a consulting organization that helps Inland Northwest businesses reduce costs and increase brand value by wasting less and recycling more. Founded in 2015, the company leverages the expertise of recycling consultant and thought leader, Erik Makinson. Resource Synergy helps businesses, non-profits and government agencies overcome adoption barriers, ensuring the success of waste prevention and diversion programs.
Erik Makinson has built a career on helping organizations realize financial and environmental value through sustainability programs. While working for The Coca-Cola Company, he led the development of the food service industry’s first compostable cold cup, helped proliferate recycling cooperatives from Brazil to Mexico and Argentina, and promoted merchandise made from recycled soda bottles within Walmart stores in the US, Canada and UK. Subsequently, he spent 6 years building a waste consulting business for Ecova, which today supports 100 clients representing 60,000 business sites. Erik has spoken at conferences, or has written articles for numerous organizations including the National Restaurant Association, US Chamber of Commerce Foundation, GreenBiz, Environmental Leader, and the California Resource Recovery Association. He holds a BA in Business Administration/ Marketing from Seattle University, a Certificate of Sustainable Business from Pinchot University, and Resource Recovery Manager Certification from the California Resource Recovery Association.