National Recycling Coalition awards leaders
The National Recycling Coalition named the top individuals
and organizations within the recycling community
at their 2008 Annual Awards Program. The event took
place on September 22 at the 27th Annual Congress & Expo
in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The following awards
National Leadership Award:
Senator Tom Carper -
United States Senator Tom Carper of Delaware has
long recognized the value in developing the nation’s
strategic and sustainable response to resource conservation
and global warming. As co-Chairman of the Senate
Recycling Caucus since its inception, Senator Carper
has been a champion for the recycling community
on all pertinent matters before the Senate, and
has provided extraordinary leadership in the development
of legislation to support recycling and its many
environmental and economic beliefs.
Recycler of the Year: E. Gifford
Stack - Stack has
extensive experience with solid waste management
programs. He has developed waste paper recovery
systems, directed the glass industry’s national
recycling activities, sold recycling equipment,
and created recycling programs for PET plastic beverage
containers. Stack spent almost 14 years with the
National Soft Drink Association (now the American
Beverage Association) directing their environmental
Outstanding Recycling Organization:
Georgia Recycling Coalition - The Georgia Recycling Coalition emphasizes
the importance of waste reduction through education.
Outreach and continuing education are an integral
part of the organization, which strives to educate
about the most up-to-date education strategies and
Tim McClure Award for Outstanding
Environmental and Community Leadership: Ed Newman
- Since 1991,
Newman has been the manager of Ohio University’s
recycling and waste program. Newman, along with
the sustainability coordinator at Miami University,
formulated the idea of RecycleMania - a competition
that pitted two Mid American Conference schools
against each other during a 10 week competition
to see which campus could recycle the most.
Beth Brown Boettner Award
for Outstanding Public Education: Recycle M.O.R.E
Minnesota Campaign -
In order to increase recycling at home, away from
home, and at work, the Minnesota Pollution Control
Agency and Recycling Association of Minnesota partnered
to create the Recycle MORE Minnesota Campaign.
The team launched
, a website
providing timely and accurate information about
recycling in the state.
To help promote recycling education, the team created
a downloadable toolkit (fact sheets, ads clip art,
etc.) for stakeholders, local units of government,
and others to use. Recycle MORE purchased recycling
bins with the Recycle MORE message for various events,
programs, and locations.
Outstanding Community or Government
Program: Center County, Pennsylvania - Currently, the Authority
employs 54 individuals; operates a transfer station,
a recycling processing facility and a recycling
collection system that uses nearly 200 haulers and
includes curbside collection services to more than
22,000 households and more than 500 businesses in
the country. Additionally, over 125 drop-off boxes
are located throughout the 35 municipalities to
provide recycling services to rural residents.
The Authority’s Recycling Processing Facility handles
more than 12,000 tons of recyclables per year and
provides tours to thousands of visitors per year.
Best Elected Recycling Leader:
Todd Portune - Since
2001, Commissioner Todd Portune has chaired the
Hamilton Solid Waste Management District’s Policy
Committee. Due to his strong support of the environment
and recycling, Commissioner Portune has been instrumental
in establishing the vision for the District, developing
innovative recycling projects, expanding District
programs, and promoting recycling and waste reduction
throughout the County.
Fred Schmitt Award for Outstanding
Corporate Leadership: Advanced Environmental Recycling
Technologies, Inc. (AERT) - AERT has been awarded a series of patents
relating to the technology for manufacturing wood
and polyethylene composites. AERT develops, manufactures
and markets composite building materials made from
recycled polyethylene plastic and wood.
Outstanding K-12 School Program:
City of San José Go Green Schools Program - The City of San José
Go Green Schools Program (SJGG) of the City’s Environmental
Services Department fosters school recycling and
environmental stewardship in a parent- and community-driven
process. The program serves as a schools environmental
resource center, connecting over 100 of the 300
total K-12 San José schools with free recycling
supplies and other green resources.
Through SJGG, 69 schools have developed recycling
programs, and 45 schools have been awarded mini-grants.
Outstanding College or University
Program: Georgia Tech - Georgia Tech operates a comprehensive recycling
program that provides collection opportunities for
a variety of materials including: mixed office paper,
cardboard, aluminum, glass, mixed metal, pallets,
plastic and tires at established collection sites
and regular pick-ups for campus wide recycling.
This award-winning recycling program was started
in 1997 with the hiring of manager Cindy Jackson.
At it’s inception, the department’s primary function
was to incorporate recycling, waste diversion and
source reduction programs to Georgia Tech’s structure.
Outstanding Recycling Innovation:
Eco-Cycle – Zero
Waste Event Kit - Launched on Earth Day 2007, Eco-Cycle’s
do-it-yourself Zero Waste Event Kit comes complete
with compostable single-use tableware, compost collection
bins, tips for Zero Waste entertaining, and educational
signage and guidelines. Since April 2007, Eco-Cycle
has distributed 530 kits and diverted an estimated
21,492 pounds of compostable and recyclable materials
from the landfill.