The National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) has a number of different annual award programs for individuals and companies, acknowledging the diversity of our industry. The majority of the awards, with the exception of the Recycling Awards, are presented at the NWRA Awards Breakfast at WasteExpo. Learn about our awards programs below.

 

Hall of Fame

NWRA’s Hall of Fame Award is the preeminent industry recognition. The award is presented annually to select industry visionaries and icons who have created an enduring legacy through their inspirational leadership, core values and significant contributions.

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Operator of the Year

Nominate your best! This competition is a great way to recognize your best and safest operators of heavy equipment, including bulldozers, front end loaders, compactors, etc. The winner in each category is honored in person at WasteExpo and receives a commemorative gift and $1,000 prize.

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Driver of the Year

This program honors member drivers who operate their trucks in a safe and responsible manner, have outstanding performance records and whose contributions have enhanced the overall safety and image of the solid waste industry. This competition is a great way to recognize your best and safest drivers.

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Member of the Year

These awards honor members who have demonstrated extraordinary service to the mission and goals of the Association and the industry over a 12-month period.

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Recycling Awards

The NWRA Recycling Awards recognize companies, organizations or individuals who have made a significant impact in the waste and recycling industry. They are intended to celebrate achievements and commitment, as well as provide inspiration for others.

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Chapter Leadership Awards

These awards recognize members who have made contributions to a chapter over over a period of time that were particularly meritorious. (formerly known as the Special Governor’s Award)

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Distinguished Service Awards

These awards recognize longstanding members of the Association who have rendered service in pursuit of NWRA’s mission and goals over a period of time, generally spanning a number of years.

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