Recycling Association of Minnesota awards four recyclers
for outstanding efforts
The Recycling Association of Minnesota (RAM), a nonprofit
that helps educate Minnesotans on the importance of recycling
and waste reduction, announced the winners of four RAM
Winner of the Recycler of the Year Award was given to
the Best Buy Corporate Campus in Richfield, Minnesota
for their efforts with creating a successful source separated
organics (SSO) collection program in the cafeteria as
well as providing SSO collection at employee’s workstations.
The Recycler of the Year Award is awarded annually to
an organization displaying initiative and commitment
to recycling; innovation and leadership in recycling
and plays an active role in recycling market development
or environmentally preferable purchasing.
The Denise Kolar Award was presented to Marcus Zbinden
of Carver County Environmental Services for his generous
time and effort given to benefit RAM and improving recycling
in Minnesota. Zbinden has served on the RAM board of
directors, has assisted RAM with numerous volunteer hours,
special projects and fundraising efforts.
The third award, the Public Service Award, was given
to Ginny Black of the Plymouth City Council for all of
her efforts in the city of Plymouth in regards to special
waste collection events held annually which collect a
wide array of materials such as mattresses, electronic
waste, scrap metal, bikes, clothing and fluorescent bulbs.
This award recognizes an elected official who has demonstrated
outstanding service for the betterment of recycling and
the environment. Black is also recognized for her efforts
at the MPCA assisting state-created policies and programs
to increase composting efforts statewide.
The final award, The Green Project Award, was awarded
to the City of Elk River and Elk River Municipal Utilities
for their new program, Project Conserve. Project Conserve
focuses on resource conservation at the local, individual
resident’s level by establishing realistic conservation
goals of electric, natural gas, gasoline, water and garbage