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Awards & Contests

  • Closed Loop Fund awards recycling investments

    Closed Loop Fund, an impact investment fund that makes below market loans for recycling infrastructure, disclosed its first three investments to bolster recycling infrastructure and reduce the over $5 billion dollars spent by cities annually on landfills.

  • New York awards grants for clean energy

    New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo disclosed $175 million in awards for five large scale clean energy projects that will help the state meet its Reforming the Energy Vision goals to increase the amount of electricity generation from renewable energy sources.

  • Flood Brothers wins a 2015 business of the year award

    The Family Business Center at Loyola University Chicago’s Quinlan School of Business announced the winners of its 22nd Annual Illinois Family Business of the Year Awards.

  • Association honors the very best in recycling innovation

    The National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) named its recycling award winners at the inaugural Waste360 Recycling Summit in Chicago, Illinois, an event hosted by Penton and NWRA.

  • Be Green Packaging receives award recognition

    Be Green Packaging is one of four companies operating in California who will be honored by the California Product Stewardship Council (CPSC) during the organization’s 6th Annual Arrow Awards ceremony held at the California Resource Recovery Association’s 39th annual conference.

  • Chief financial officer of Scrap Metal Recycling wins awards

    David Gibb, chief financial officer of Raleigh Recycling NC Scrap Metal LLC, which owns Raleigh Metal Recycling and Goldsboro Metal Recycling in North Carolina was just recently named chief financial officer of the year for a mid-sized company in the Raleigh-Durham area of North Carolina.

  • APR accepting nominations

    A program recognizing innovations in product design and technology promoting plastics recycling is accepting nominations through October 31.

  • Rumpke earns award for glass recycling process

    Rumpke’s unique glass recycling process earned First Place in the Service to Society category at the annual Innovation Index Awards, presented by the Dayton Business Journal and the Dayton Development Coalition.

  • Ardagh’s glass recycling method earns national award

    Ardagh Group, along with its glass recycling partner, has been recognized for their pioneering achievements at the prestigious National Recycling Awards 2015.

  • Winners of “I Want To Be Recycled” contest named

    Keep America Beautiful and The Ad Council revealed the winners of its “I Want To Be Recycled” video contest, conducted in association with Zooppa.

  • EnviroVantage wins Business of the Year award

    EnviroVantage of Epping, a full service commercial, industrial and residential environmental and specialty services contractor, was recently honored by The Exeter Area Chamber Of Commerce as the winner of their 2015 Business Of The Year in the category of real estate, construction and engineering.

    The judges selected the winners based on their significant involvement and generous contributions made to both their industry and community. Each company needed to effectively demonstrate how they go above and beyond the normal daily activities and make a major positive impact in the state of New Hampshire.

    Published in the September 2015 Edition of American Recycler News

  • EPA awards teacher for innovation

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded middle school teacher Anne Moore from the Goochland County Public Schools in Virginia with the presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators (PIAEE).

  • Steve Bennett named NRRA’s recycler of the year

    The Northeast Resource Recovery Association (NRRA) presents this award each year in remembrance of Sami Izzo who passed away in 2001. Izzo was a multi-talented individual who was known for her contributions in the world of waste reduction and recycling.

  • Top professionals receive honors and scholarships from NWRA

    The National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) honored 23 of its industry’s finest professionals at its annual awards ceremony at WasteExpo.

  • DEA Western Laboratory wins Federal Green Challenge award for electronics recycling

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regional administrator Jared Blumenfeld presented the Federal Green Challenge award to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Western Laboratory for increasing its electronics recycling more than any other federal agency in 2014.

  • Gershow Recycling’s Can Tabs for Kids Program raises $2,173 for Sunrise Fund

    Gershow Recycling has pledged to match the $1,086.50 raised by students at William Floyd School District’s elementary schools, Kreamer Street Elementary School in Bellport, Holy Angels Regional School in Patchogue and Our Lady of Mercy Regional School in Cutchogue as part of “Can Tabs for Kids,” a program designed to raise funds for the fight against childhood cancer.

  • Disneyland honored for food recovery

    Disneyland Resort was recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with the 2014 Food Recovery Challenge award for its zero waste efforts, and the highest percent increase in food recovery of any theme park in the nation.

  • New Mexico Recycling Coalition awarded Think Green Grant

    The New Mexico Recycling Coalition (NMRC) has been awarded a Keep America Beautiful and Waste Management 2015 Think Green® Grant of $5,000.

  • Novelis SA president awarded

    Tadeu Nardocci, senior vice president, Novelis Inc. and president, Novelis South America, received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Platts 2015 Global Metals Awards ceremony in London.

  • FDEP awards auto company

    JM Family Enterprises, a diversified automotive company, recently received a Recycling Recognition Program award from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) for their successful recycling efforts in 2014.

  • Recycled playground challenge launched

    TerraCycle is returning its Recycled Playground Challenge – an initiative in partnership with Colgate-Palmolive and ShopRite – to help encourage oral hygiene and sustainability among school children and consumers.

  • AIST awards Steelmaker of the Year and others

    Mario Longhi, president and chief executive officer of United States Steel Corporation, was named Steelmaker of the Year at AISTech 2015.

  • Harry Squires presented with ISRI’s Safe Driver of the Year Award

    Harry Squires of Schnitzer Steel Industries in Portland, Oregon was presented with the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) Safe Driver of the Year Award for operating his entire 40 plus year career without a single preventable accident.

  • Atlas Copco honors eight company leaders

    Atlas Copco Construction Equipment recently honored eight employees who made a significant impact to the company’s North America operation. The eight honorees represent Atlas Copco’s wide range of construction products and customer service efforts and were selected by their peers for exceeding customer and company expectations. This was the manufacturer’s third annual awards ceremony.

    Erik Sparby, president and general manager of Atlas Copco Construction Equipment, awarded Cumming, Georgia-based Rob Repasz, the company’s southeast district sales manager, with Sales Person of the Year. Repasz is responsible for rental accounts in seven states, including Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.

    April Colaluca, Atlas Copco communication representative from Santa Fe Springs, California, received the division’s Customer Care Award. She was recognized for her contributions that ensure Atlas Copco’s customers receive quality and timely service.  

    Kevin Loomis, Atlas Copco construction tool business line manager, presented Greg Petherbridge, hydraulic breaker and compaction product manager, with the Construction Tool Division Contributor Award.  

    Kell Cleeland, Atlas Copco Carolina-area sales manager, received the Rookie of the Year Award. Cleeland joined the Atlas Copco team in 2013.

    Published in the June 2015 Edition of American Recycler News

  • Aggregate Industries US recognized for recycling

    Aggregate Industries US, a Holcim Group Company, disclosed that its Severn Asphalt facility received the Gold Achievement Award for exceptional commitment to recycling initiatives.

    The Severn Asphalt facility, located in Maryland, significantly increased its asphalt recycling activities 81 percent between 2012 and 2013 earning recognition from the Anne Arundel County recycling committee.

    Every year the county challenges local businesses to recycle 50 percent of everything thrown away.

    This award acknowledges those organizations dedicated to reducing waste and increasing recycling enterprises.

    Published in the June 2015 Edition of American Recycler News

  • WM awards $300,000 to Keep America Beautiful

    Keep America Beautiful and Waste Management disclosed that $300,000 in 2015 Waste Management

  • Carolina Recycling Association recognizes Don Phelps as 2015 Recycler of the Year

    Republic Services’ general manager, Don Phelps, has been named Recycler of the Year by the Carolina Recycling Association.

  • LG Electronics wins 2015 Design for Recycling Award

    The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) disclosed that LG Electronics, Inc. is the recipient of the 2015 Design for Recycling® (DFR) Award for advanced new television products that emphasize recycling during every lifecycle phase.

  • NAPA pavement awards open

    The National Asphalt Pavement Association’s (NAPA) Awards program began accepting nominations for its Quality in Construction and Operational Excellence Awards.

  • Influential Woman in Trucking Award

    Navistar and the Women in Trucking Association (WIT) presented the fifth annual Influential Woman in Trucking award to Kari Rihm, president and chief executive officer, Rihm Kenworth, during the Truckload Carriers Association annual meeting.

  • EPA recognizes Dallas Stars for reducing food waste

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently recognized the Dallas Stars of the National Hockey League for the team’s achievements in reducing food waste.

  • AWMI recognizes Chizmar as Member of the Year

    The Association of Women in the Metal Industries (AWMI) formally recognized Carol Chizmar of Sapa Extrusions as its Member of the Year.

  • Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel is 2015 Green SUV of the Year

    Green Car Journal has named the Jeep Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel its 2015 Green SUV of the Year.

  • Illinois agencies award contractors

    Five major transportation agencies – the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), the Illinois Tollway, Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT), Metra and the Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) – along with five county departments of transportation recognized companies that have given taxpayers an exceptional return on their investment by exceeding project expectations.

  • ISRI Transportation Safety Awards entry period now open

    The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) has opened the entry period for this year’s Transportation Safety Awards.

  • NH the Beautiful awards grant to the town of Meredith

    The Town of Meredith, New Hampshire was awarded $2,160 to assist with the purchase of two shipping containers used for storage at the facility.

  • Dell receives Keep America Beautiful Vision for America Award

    Keep America Beautiful (KAB) honored Michael Dell and Dell Inc. with the 2014 Vision for America Award.

  • Plastics makers award innovators in plastics recycling

    The American Chemistry Council (ACC) disclosed the winners of the 2014 Innovation in Plastics Recycling Awards.

  • Winners named in student design competition

    Co-sponsors of an international student competition on cold-formed steel design declared three winners from the University of North Texas, Tongji University and the University of Waterloo.

  • U-Pull-&-Pay earns designations

    U-Pull-&-Pay (UPAP) Phoenix and Albuquerque stores each received the prestigious Safety & Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP) designation from the U.S. Department of Labor. UPAP’s Phoenix facility is the first self-serve auto part recycler in the U.S. to receive this award; the Albuquerque facility is the second.

  • “Humanure” inventor is upcoming USCC award recipient

    A South Carolina program leading the way to markets and food scrap composting, a longtime industry advocate dedicated to composting education and a researcher who has brought her studies to multiple audiences are among those receiving recognition from their peers at the U.S. Composting Council (USCC) at an upcoming January 22 awards ceremony.

  • The Recycling Research Foundation names winner of the 2014 National Scholarship

    The Recycling Research Foundation (RRF), a nonprofit organization associated with the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI), named Joseph Grogan as the recipient of its 2014 National Scholarship.

  • RAM 1500 EcoDiesel wins 2015 Green Truck of the Year

    Green Car Journal has awarded its 2015 Green Truck of the Year honor to the RAM 1500 EcoDiesel, a pickup that offers the only advanced, fuel-efficient diesel engine in the light-duty truck segment.

  • New Jersey’s recycling leaders recognized

    The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) honored the state’s recycling leaders as part the 34th Annual Recycling Symposium and Awards ceremony.

  • KPI-JCI and Astec Mobile Screens honors dealers

    KPI-JCI and Astec Mobile Screens recognized 13 dealers for outstanding performance during its National Dealer Conference held in Denver, Colorado.

    The recipients of the awards are selected from the entire KPI-JCI and Astec Mobile Screens dealer organization. The premier award this year was the Top Sales and Marketing Award, an honor that is only given when a dealer demonstrates extraordinary excellence. This year, Goodfellow Corporation of Boulder City, Nevada, was recognized for its dedication to the KPI-JCI and Astec Mobile Screens product line.

    Published in the November 2014 Edition of American Recycler News

  • WM awards KAB affiliates Think Green grants

    Keep America Beautiful (KAB) and Waste Management stated that $10,000 Think Green® Grants were being awarded to 8 KAB community-based affiliates across the country.

  • Detroit Lions QB teams up with Repreve to recycle

    Unifi, Inc.’s Repreve®, a recycled fiber brand and the official recycling and sustainability partner of the Detroit Lions, has teamed up with Matthew Stafford to kick off their “Make The Smart Throw” campaign.

  • Keep America Beautiful kicks off fourth annual Recycle-Bowl competition

    Keep America Beautiful (KAB), a nonprofit that brings people together to build and sustain vibrant communities, has launched the fourth annual Recycle-Bowl youth recycling competition.

  • T.C. Graham Prize contest now open to applicants

    The Association for Iron & Steel Technology (AIST) disclosed the T.C. Graham Prize contest.

  • Volkswagen plant awarded EPA Rain Catcher Award

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded the Volkswagen Group of America with the regional 2014 EPA Rain Catcher Award in the Commercial Category for the Chattanooga, Tennessee Assembly Plant.

  • Sims awards Unisys for e-waste recycling

    Sims Recycling Solutions presented an environmental award to Unisys to acknowledge their environmental efforts during the 2013 calendar year.

  • Dust Control Technology co-sponsors robotics team

    Dust Control Technology, a manufacturer of large-scale dust suppression equipment, is co-sponsoring a team of high school students to participate in the FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competitions.

  • Columbus Scrap awarded Scrap Company of the Year

    The American Metal Market awards for steel excellence honor best-in-class companies in or in support of the steel industry.

  • TMEIC wins Intersolar award for innovation in solar tech

    Every year, Intersolar Europe, the world’s largest exhibition for the solar industry and its partners, pays tribute to  the most innovative developments in solar technology.

  • Heil of Texas receives Petersen Industries’ award

    Petersen Industries, Inc. recently honored Heil of Texas as their 2013 Dealer of the Year. Petersen presents this prestigious award to the dealer who sells the most Lightning Loader® units for the prior year throughout their nationwide network.

    Company vice president, Sam Petersen, presented Larry Davis, the owner of Heil of Texas, with a personalized trophy at Waste Expo held in Atlanta, Georgia. Heil of Texas is the only Petersen dealer who has been awarded this distinction more than 10 times in the history of the dealer recognition program.

    Published in the August 2014 Edition of American Recycler News

  • MRS facilities receive award

    All four Metal Recycling Services (MRS) locations won the North Carolina Department of Labor’s “Certificate of Safety Achievement” for 2013.