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Diverse Recycling Solutions, LLC was founded in 2013 to address the growing need for personalized services in the waste and recycling industry.

Kenneth U. Richards
Managing Partner

With more than 20 years in the waste management and sustainability fields, Ken Richards has seen it all. He has a B.A. in Geography from Hunter College, and is a master composter. Ken is accustomed to finding diverse solutions to the complex issues that the ever changing waste and recycling fields present. 

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Jessica B. Downes
TRUE Advisor &
Sustainability Consultant

Jessica Downes is an avid environmentalist with a passion for recycling. She joined Diverse after serving two terms with NYC Service. Previously, she has worked with DSNY as an outreach and education associate for the residential compost program, and as a volunteer manager for the NYC Parks department.  Jessica is a TRUE Advisor. Learn more about TRUE certification at

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Gabriel A. Montano
Managing Partner

With more than 15 years in the in the environmental services industry, Gabriel has proven himself skilled in budgeting, waste, corporate social responsibility, and developing/implementing comprehensive recycling programs. He has an entrepreneurial mind and has a B.S. in Business Management from Mercy College as well as an A.S. in Accounting from the Wood Tobe-Coburn School.

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Jordan Bethea
LEED Green Associate Recycling Coordinator

Jordan Bethea is passionate about environmental science in all of its forms. She currently holds a bachelors in environmental studies with a concentration in sustainability. She has also headed a thesis focusing on the effects of human interaction on the breeding grounds of eastern brook trout. Jordan is a LEED Green Associate. Learn more about LEED certification at

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Jessica Caron
LEED Green Associate
Sustainability Consultant

Jessica Caron is passionate about finding sustainable ways for the world to operate. She came to Diverse from Addison Design Company, a creative agency that produces sustainability report for many well-known companies. She has also worked in ESG investing and for the NYC Parks Department's Sustainability and Emerging Technologies division. Jessica is a LEED Green Associate. Learn more about LEED certification at

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