Meet the team!


Kirk Kunihiro

Founder & Owner, Principal Consultant

Hello there! I’ve been working in the waste and recycling profession since 2011. I instantly developed a passion for this line of work and eventually cultivated that passion into the creation of Planet People Waste Insights.

My professional experience ranges from managing zero waste program logistics for music festivals and events, to educating students and spreading resource awareness, planning and implementing a 1000-household recycling improvement pilot project, and hand sorting through literally tons of waste. In the past I’ve been employed by a mix of public, private and non-profit organizations including StopWaste, Pennsylvania Resources Council, and the San Francisco Conservation Corps.

I am both educator and life long student. I’ve learned an incredible amount from the variety of roles I’ve held in the industry, and felt ready to distill my body of knowledge into a business of my own.

I’ve been fortunate enough to have worked with a community of incredibly inspiring individuals and organizations that continually push me to do more. I seek to spark a shift in how society perceives the waste industry and those who work in it, and create positive change through environmentally sustainable business ventures.

I am a recipient of the CRRA 2019 Membership Scholarship, which makes me a new member of the California Resource Recovery Association! In the past I have been a member of the Northern California Recycling Association (NCRA) and still maintain strong ties to the Bay Area community of waste professionals.

My “extracurricular” activities include creating waste themed and upcycled art installations, and providing creative waste solutions for events and festivals in California and beyond.