NRC presents its 2017 awards

NRC presents its 2017 awards

San Jose, California, soccer stadium among National Recycling Coalition award winners.

August 31, 2017
Recycling Today Staff
Municipal / IC&I Personnel

The National Recycling Coalition (NRC) has presented its 2017 recycling awards to nearly a dozen organizations and individuals.


The organization says its awards program is designed to honor people, programs and organizations for their achievements, and to serve as a model and a resource for learning for NRC members.


“We were very pleased that winners came from across the country to accept their awards, so attendees had the chance to learn first-hand how these programs work so well,” says NRC Awards Committee Chair Lisa Skumatz. The awards were presented to the winners at the 2017 Resource Recycling Conference in Minneapolis


The NRC’s 2017 awards and their recipients are:


  • Outstanding Business Leadership, For-Profit Company -- Avaya Stadium, San Jose, California, and its lead tenant the San Jose Earthquakes soccer team, for working to promote scrap pickup, recycling, proper hazardous waste disposal and litter reduction messages;
  • Outstanding Not-for-profit Business Leadership -- CTRA (Cooperative Teamwork & Recycling Assistance), Austin, Texas, a nonprofit cooperative marketing organization in Texas that consists of 52 recycling cooperatives that serve more than 500 entities and 500,000-plus Texas citizens and covers a service area of over 43,000 square miles.;
  • Outstanding Not-for-profit Business Leadership Honorable Mention -- Northeast Resource Recovery Association (NRRA), Epsom, New Hampshire;
  • Outstanding Recycling Organization -- Michigan Recycling Coalition, Lansing, Michigan;
  • Outstanding Higher Education -- University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida;
  • Outstanding Higher Education Honorable Mention -- University of Illinois at Chicago, Office of Sustainability;
  • Outstanding Community or Government Program -- South Central Solid Waste Authority, Las Cruces, New Mexico;
  • Outstanding Community or Government Program, Honorable Mention -- Emmet County (Michigan) Recycling;
  • Bill Heenan Emerging Leader -- Samantha Yager, recycling coordinator for the city of Columbia, South Carolina, and Tori Carle, the city of Greensboro, North Carolina’s recycling educator for “Operation Bed Roll”;
  • Bill Heenan Emerging Leader, Honorable Mention -- Matthew O'Carroll, refuse, recycling and water efficiency manager at University of California Santa Barbara;
  • Lifetime Achievement in Recycling -- Arthur Boone, long-time board member of the Northern California Recycling.

The NRC is a nonprofit organization focused on promoting and enhancing materials management in North America, with a network of more than 6,000 members involved in waste reduction, reuse, composting and recycling.