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Awards, Contests & Recognitions

  • National association awards best in recycling

    The National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) recognized innovators and leaders in its industry at the annual Executive Leadership Round Table. Six awards were given to companies that have made substantial contributions to the American recycling through partnerships, public education, innovations in recycling equipment, and innovations in recycling facilities.

  • PA DEP opens application process for Governor’s environmental awards

    The Wolf Administration is inviting all Pennsylvanians who’ve recently worked on successful environmental projects to apply for the state’s top environmental recognition: The 2018 Governor’s Awards for Environmental Excellence, honoring individuals and organizations whose dedicated efforts have improved air, land, and water quality in Pennsylvania.

  • Environmental Sustainability Leadership Awards available

    Earlier this year the Northeast Recycling Council (NERC) inaugurated a new recognition program – the Environmental Sustainability Leadership Awards.

  • Keep America Beautiful recognizes Delta Air Lines with 2017 Vision for America award

    Delta Air Lines president Glen Hauenstein accepted Keep America Beautiful’s 2017 Vision for America Award at the community improvement nonprofit organization’s annual award celebration. Keep America Beautiful presents the Vision for America Award annually to a corporation whose commitment to corporate social responsibility and sustainability has significantly enhanced civic, environmental and social stewardship.

  • EPA honors LG Electronics with Gold Tier, the top level recycling award

    Underscoring its leadership in responsible electronics recycling, LG Electronics USA was recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with the Gold Tier Award, the top-level recognition in the EPA’s Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) Electronics Challenge.

  • Pepsico Recycling increases active sustainability funding

    PepsiCo Recycling is expanding its second year of the Zero Impact Fund, which offers eligible colleges and universities an opportunity to bring campus eco-innovations to life. Through the Zero Impact Fund, schools can submit ideas to accomplish their environmental goals, with winning applications receiving up to $10,000 each from PepsiCo Recycling. In its first year, the Zero Impact Fund received applications from more than 40 different campuses and awarded grants to eight schools.

  • Republic Services earns award for excellence in composting systems

    The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) has named Republic’s Pacific Region Compost Facility (PRC) the winner of the Silver Excellence Award in the composting systems category. The award was presented at SWANA’s annual conference, WASTECON, in Baltimore.

  • Planet Recycling wins Arrow Award for product stewardship

    CARE grantee and valued recycling partner Planet Recycling (Chula Vista) has been awarded the 2017 Bow & Arrow Award for Coalition Building, presented by the California Product Stewardship Council (CPSC).

  • 2017 T. C. Graham Prize awarded to researchers at University of Rochester

    Two researchers at the University of Rochester’s Institute of Optics have been named winners of the Association for Iron & Steel Technology’s (AIST) 2017 T.C. Graham Prize, an international award meant to encourage development of new and innovative uses for steel.

  • NRC names award recipients

    The National Recycling Coalition honored their recycling awards recipients at the 2017 Resource Recycling Conference in Minneapolis. The awards were presented to the winners, along with the recipients of the Murray J. Fox Scholarship, at the Conference Welcome Reception hosted by the NRC and the Recycling Association of Minnesota.

  • Harding Metals receives Business of the Year Award

    The Northeast Resource Recovery Association (NRRA) honored Harding Metals, Inc. of Northwood, New Hampshire, with the Business of the Year Award at NRRA’s Annual Conference and Expo.

  • Robert Byrnes named 2017 Cox Conserves Hero

    Cox and The Trust for Public Land named Bob Byrnes as California’s 2017 Cox Conserves Hero. California Native Plant Society, Byrnes’ nonprofit beneficiary, will receive $10,000. Byrnes was among the three finalists who were nominated by the public then chosen by local judging panels and went to compete in an online public vote for the title of California’s Cox Conserves Hero.

    Byrnes leads the restoration efforts for the San Diego Chapter of the California Native Plant Society. Not only does he invest his personal time to the organization’s efforts, he also sets aside time to encourage and train other volunteers on best practices. Byrnes and his team of dedicated volunteers spend countless hours removing invasive plants that could potentially harm wildlife.

    The two runners-up will each receive $5,000 for their nonprofits of choice. Maria Martinez selected Environmental Health Coalition as her nonprofit of choice; Azarel Garcia chose Living Coast Discovery Center.

    The Cox Conserves Heroes awards program was created through a partnership with The Trust for Public Land and Cox Enterprises, the parent company of Cox Communications.

    Published in the September 2017 Edition of American Recycler News

  • Republic Services recognized with recycler award

    Republic Services disclosed that the Oregon Recycling Association has recognized the Pacific Region Compost (PRC) facility with the Recycler of the Year Award. The award was presented at the Association’s annual conference in Gleneden Beach, Oregon.

  • Nucor honored by Volkswagen as a Best Supplier

    Nucor Corporation was presented with the Volkswagen Group Award 2017, given to Volkswagen’s best suppliers, at a ceremony held in Berlin at the end of June.

  • Travis Body & Trailer names 2016 top dealers

    Travis Body & Trailer, Houston, has honored C.M.C. Trailer Distributors, Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, as its #1 Dealer for 2016. The company also named its top dealers, best new dealer and the most improved dealer for the past year.

    Travis, an operating company of Truck Bodies & Equipment International Inc., is a manufacturer of aluminum end dump, bottom dump, transfer and specialty dump trailers and bodies.

    To be named a Travis Top Dealer, companies need to meet an annual sales target, carry reasonable inventory, market and advertise Travis products, and provide exemplary Travis customer services in the areas of warranties, parts and service support.

    Rounding out the top dealers for 2016 were Alamo City Trailer Sales; Gulf City Body & Trailer Works, Inc.; Old River Truck Sales, Inc.; Performance Truck & Trailer;  Southwest Trailers & Equipment LLC; Trux Trailer & Tractor Repair, Inc.; Utility Trailer Interstate; and Wichita Trailer, Inc.

    Travis also recognized Alamo City Trailer Sales as its Best New Dealer of 2016, and named Southern States Utility Trailer Sales, Jackson, Mississippi, the 2016 Most Improved Dealer.

    Published in the August 2017 Edition of American Recycler News

  • Sonya Malvick elected as AWMI Member of the Year

    The Association of Women in the Metal Industries (AWMI) announced Sonya Malvick as 2016 Member of the Year.

    Malvick has been a member of AWMI for 22 years. In that time, she has held the position of Wisconsin Chapter membership chair, programs chair, vice president and chapter president. She currently serves as the international vice-president after serving as the international programs chair for six years.

    Malvick is employed by Olympic Steel as a Wisconsin outside sales territory manager.

    Sonya Malvick will receive her award at AWMI’s Annual Conference at the InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile Hotel in Chicago, Illinois.

    Published in the August 2017 Edition of American Recycler News

  • Cox names Byrnes as 2017 Cox Conserves Hero

    Cox and The Trust for Public Land named Bob Byrnes as California’s 2017 Cox Conserves Hero. California Native Plant Society, Byrnes’ nonprofit beneficiary, will receive $10,000. Byrnes was among the three finalists who were nominated by the public then chosen by local judging panels and went to compete in an online public vote for the title of California’s Cox Conserves Hero.

    Byrnes leads the restoration efforts for the San Diego Chapter of the California Native Plant Society. Not only does he invest his personal time to the organization’s efforts, he also sets aside time to encourage and train other volunteers on best practices. Byrnes and his team of dedicated volunteers spend countless hours removing invasive plants that could potentially harm wildlife.

    The Cox Conserves Heroes has donated nearly $800,000 to environmental nonprofits, and nearly 200 volunteers have been honored.

    Published in the August 2017 Edition of American Recycler News

  • Don Slager named to 2017 highest rated CEO list

    Republic Services president and chief executive officer, Don Slager, was recognized with the Glassdoor Employees’ Choice Award and named to the 2017 Highest Rated chief executive officers list, according to a recent employee survey conducted by www.Glassdoor.com.

    Based on the anonymous and voluntary reviews shared by Republic Services employees, Slager received an overall approval rating of 94 percent. In addition, 82 percent of Republic employees would recommend working for the chief executive officer. The list recognizes top leaders admired by their employees, with Slager earning a top spot on this year’s list.

    When employees submit reviews about their company on Glassdoor, they are asked to rate various factors about their employment experience, including their overall satisfaction and their approval of senior leadership. As part of this survey, employees are asked to rate whether they approve, disapprove or are neutral about the job their chief executive officer is doing.

    Published in the August 2017 Edition of American Recycler News

  • Volvo receives steel award

    The Steel Market Development Institute (SMDI), a business unit of the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI), honored the Volvo Car Corporation body structure team with its Automotive Excellence Award for its advanced high-strength steel (AHSS) innovations in the 2016 Volvo XC90.

  • Cunningham Brothers recognized as supplier of the year

    Cunningham Brothers Auto Parts was recently named a GM Supplier of the Year by General Motors. Cunningham Brothers Auto Parts located in Rustburg, Virginia and they have been members of ARA for over 25 years. This is the second time Cunningham Brothers has received the award.