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Recycling Awards

Award Categories

Sustainability Partnership Game Changer Award

This award recognizes partnerships that include municipal and county governments, regulatory agencies, community organizations and private industry that have successfully partnered to implement game-changing initiatives, policies or programs that advance sustainability in their community. Examples include, but are not limited to, increased recycling participation, targeted recycling or reuse campaigns, innovative organics collection and management efforts, carbon emissions reductions, repurposing closed landfills, or the preservation of biodiversity. Applicants must demonstrate how partnership and collaboration with another entity, or the general public, resulted in a meaningful and quantifiable sustainability outcome or breakthrough.

Best Recycling Public Education Program

This award is open to public, private and non-governmental organizations that exemplify excellence in recycling or sustainability public education programs. Applicants are required to submit program materials and methodologies, as well as data that quantify the impact and success of the program.

Innovator of the Year - Recycling Equipment

This award is open to recycling equipment designers and manufacturers that successfully challenge and advance recycling sector operations. This honor celebrates innovation in design and manufacturing that increases the effectiveness or efficiency of recycling equipment and operations. Applicants are required to provide data that validates improved outcomes as a result of their innovation.

Recycling Facility of the Year Award

This award is open to all recycling facilities, new or existing. This honor recognizes the facility that leads all other facilities in one or more key measurements, such as innovation, quantity of materials collected and/or processed, types of materials recovered, site improvements, or sustainability measures adopted. Applicants are required to provide metrics to affirm that their facility is the preeminent recycling facility in the country.

Construction & Demolition Debris Recycler of the Year Award 

This award is open to companies, organizations or individuals that have made a significant impact in construction and demolition debris recycling operations. It will reward companies in the sector that have embraced waste prevention and careful use and reuse of resources. This could be through a number of means including expanding alternative management of construction and demolition debris, increasing diversion, development of new facilities or equipment that will lead to safer or more efficient operations. The embedding of waste prevention into a company's culture will be strongly considered. It is intended to celebrate achievements and commitment, as well as provide inspiration for others. Applicants are asked to describe facilities, methodologies or programs, and provide data to quantify the impact and success of their work. 

Organics Recycler of the Year Award

This award is open to companies, organizations or individuals that have made a significant impact in minimizing food waste in their community through prevention, reduction, reuse and/or recycling. It is intended to celebrate achievements and commitment, as well as provide inspiration for others. Applicants are asked to describe methodologies or programs, and provide data to quantify the impact and success of their work. 

Nominations

 

How to Submit Nominations

  1. Click on the award you would like to apply to.
  2. If you are new to this application process, please Sign Up by entering your email address and password. You will then be taken to the application form. If you have already created an application, please Log In to review/edit your application or fill in other requested information.
  3. Complete all questions on the nomination form. Please complete each section in full. Please print clearly or type your responses. Add sheets where necessary. 
  4. Submit nomination form(s) with payment and required documents by July 28, 2017 at 11:59 PM EST.

For further questions about the awards program, please contact Spencer Brignac at 202-364-3709 or sbrignac@wasterecycling.org.

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Contact Info

National Waste & Recycling Association
4301 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Suite 300
Washington, DC 20008
T: 800-424-2869 T: 202-244-4700
F: 202-966-4824