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.

Submissions for these awards are now open. Deadline is July 1.

Award Categories
Sustainability Partnership Game Changer Award

This award is open to partnerships that include municipal and county governments, regulatory agencies, community organizations and the private industry that 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.

Excellence in Recycling Public Education Award

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

Recycling Equipment Innovator of the Year Award

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

Recycling Facility of the Year Award

This award is open to new or existing recycling facilities that are either NWRA members or public sector non-profits. It 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 should provide metrics to affirm that their facility is the preeminent recycling facility.

Construction & Demolition Recycling Facility of the Year Award

This award is open to new or existing construction and demolition (C&D) recycling facilities that are either NWRA members or public sector non-profits that have embraced waste prevention and careful use or reuse of resources. It is intended to recognize a facility as a model for construction and demolition waste diversion, as well as for instilling a culture of waste prevention and responsibility among employees. Applicants would be asked to describe methodologies and provide data to quantify the impact of their efforts.

Organics Management Facility of the Year Award

This award is open to new or existing organics management facilities that are either NWRA members or public sector non-profits that has made a significant impact in diverting organics through their management facility. It is intended to celebrate achievements and commitment, as well as provide inspiration for others. Applicants should 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.

Recycling Facility of the Year Award: Waste Management Hodgkins Materials Recovery Facility and the Mazza Materials Recovery Facility

Organics Recycler of the Year Award: Waste Management

Innovator of the Year Award: AMP Robotics

Sustainability Partnership Game Changer Award: Rehrig Pacific Company and Waste Management

Best Recycling Public Education Program Award: Solid Waste Authority (SWA) of Palm Beach County, Fla.’s Recycle Right Everyday campaign

Recycling Facility of the Year: FCC Environmental Services’ Houston materials recovery facility (MRF) and GFL Environmental’s Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, MRF

Innovator of the Year – Recycling Equipment: Fire Rover

Organics Recycler of the Year: Republic Services

Sustainability Partnership Game Changer Award: Village of Mount Prospect Public Works in Mount Prospect, Ill., and SWANCC in Wheeling, Ill.

Best Recycling Public Education Program Award: Republic Services’ “Recycling Simplified” campaign

Recycling Facility of the Year Award: Plano Recycling Facility in Plano, Texas

Innovator of the Year – Recycling Equipment Award: Styro-Constrictor

Sustainability Partnership Game Changer Award: Florida Recycling Partnership, Waste Management, Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the Florida Beverage Association

Construction and Demolition Debris Recycler of the Year Award: Waste Connections of Rhode Island

Best Recycling Public Education Program Award: Waste Management’s Latino Outreach Study and Campaign

Recycling Facility of the Year Award: Dem-Con Companies for its materials recovery facility (MRF)

Organics Recycler of the Year Award: Vanguard Renewables

Honorable Mention – Recycling Facility of the Year: City of El Cerrito, El Cerrito Recycling + Environmental Resource Center

Honorable Mention – Recycling Facility of the Year: Outagamie County Recycling & Solid Waste, Tri-County Recycling Facility

Honorable Mention – Best Recycling Public Education Program: City of Phoenix, Phoenix Zero Waste Team

Sustainability Partnership Game Changer Award: SCS Engineers and Dane County, Wis., Solid Waste Division

Best Recycling Public Education Program Award: City of North Port, Fla., Solid Waste Division’s outreach strategy and Recology San Francisco’s Artist in Residence Program

Innovator of the Year Award: AMP Robotics

Recycling Facility of the Year Award: FCC Environmental Services and City of Dallas’ materials recovery facility (MRF)

Organics Recycler of the Year Award: City of Cedar Grove, Wash., Republic Services and Alabama Coastal Foundation

Sustainability Partnership Game Changer Award: Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine Waste Diversion Program. Partners included: Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, ASI Waste and Reduction in Motion.

Excellence in Public Education Award: Emerald Coast Utility Authority’s Compost Program Outreach and Education

Recycling Equipment Innovator of the Year Award: BinBisa Decorative Recycling Bins

Recycling Facility of the Year Award: Republic Services’ Southern Nevada Recycling Center

Construction and Demolition Debris Recycler of the Year: Zanker Recycling of San Jose, Calif.

Excellence in Organics Recycling: Emerald Coast Utilities Authority’s Biosolids Composting Facility

Honorable Mention – Sustainability Partnership Game Changer Award: Publix and Goodwill Industries Recycling

Honorable Mention – Excellence in Public Education Award: Waste Management’s “Recycle Often. Recycle Right.” Public Education and Outreach Program

Honorable Mention – Excellence in Public Education Award: Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County’s Away Program

Sustainability Partnership Game Changer Award: “Fill it, Tilt it, That’s How We Roll” campaign. This project was a collaboration between Kessler Consulting, Hillsborough County government in Florida, Progressive Waste Solutions, Republic Services, Waste Management, ESG, McNeilus Trucks, Sonrai Systems, Schaefer Systems, Cascade Cart Solutions, WasteRec Services and Trio Environmental Solutions.

Excellence in Public Education Award: Montgomery County Environmental Learning Center in Ohio

Recycling Equipment Innovator of the Year Award: Blue Line Biogenic CNG Facility in Lafayette, Calif.

Recycling Facility of the Year: Sims Municipal Recycling’s Sunset Park Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Honorable Mention – Excellence in Public Education Award: “Green Grades” campaign by Dem-Con Cos. of Minnesota

Honorable Mention – Recycling Equipment Innovator of the Year Award: Rumpke’s “Rumpke Innovates to Meet Glass Recycling Challenges”

Honorable Mention – Recycling Facility of the Year: Rumpke’s Cincinnati MRF