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.

Submit your application for the 2021 Recycling Awards.

View the 2020 Recycling Award recipients.

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 demonstrates 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 supports 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 demonstrates leadership in 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 or individuals in the sector who 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 and developing 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 who 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.

Nomination Fees

The nomination fee for our flagship award—Sustainability Partnership Game Changer—is $300/application. For all other awards, the nomination fee is $150/application.

Have questions?

Please contact Jonathan Taylor at jtaylor@wasterecycling.org with any questions you may have about the awards.