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2017 NRC Awards

NRC Awards – Nominations Due June 30, 2017 at 5pm EST!

The National Recycling Coalition announces the “Call for Nominations” for the 2017 Awards – with awards presented at the Resource Recycling Conference August 28-30, 2017 in Minneapolis. Spread the word!! Nominate the best programs or individual you know in the following categories:

  1. NRCs’s Lifetime Achievement Award – recognizing an outstanding individual with a lifetime of leadership and dedication to the field of recycling.
  2. Bill Heenan Emerging Leader Award – recognizing an outstanding individual aged 35 or under who has emerged as a leader in the field.
  3. Outstanding Recycling Organization – awarded to a State Recycling Organization with outstanding growth, programs, leadership, or which has made a substantial impact on the field.
  4. Outstanding Business Leadership – awarded to a for-profit company showing leadership, innovation, and success as a corporate model in recycling and diversion.
  5. Outstanding Non-Profit Business Leadership – awarded to a not-for-profit company showing leadership, innovation, and success as a corporate model in recycling and diversion.
  6. Outstanding Community or Government Program – awarded to a public (community / governmental) program showing innovation, progress, or success as a model for other public programs.
  7. Outstanding Higher Education Program – awarded to a college / university with an exceptional program in recycling or in connecting higher education and the industry in the areas of degrees, tech transfer, career services, etc.

Nominate Here

The criteria for each award follow. Nominate a worthy candidate (you may self-nominate) by clicking on the following link. For questions, please contact Lisa Skumatz at [email protected], or at 303/494-1178. Deadline listed above, so get your nominations in!

FIRST prepare two word documents – a summary of 150 words and then a document of up to 1000 words that addresses the criteria noted for your award (label each criteria section). The specific criteria are listed in the table below. THEN Click here for the link to the award form.

You will need: contact information for yourself and the nominee, 150 word summary, and up to 1000 words addressing the criteria relevant for your award (see check marks below). The criteria for the higher education award asks for information about degree programs and career services, applied research / tech transfer, and links with recycling industries. The criteria for other awards are listed in the following table. We recommend you prepare a document with these elements first, and then cut and paste your responses into the form.

Effect on recy-cling / hierarchy & Tons Coverage / longevity Innovation / leadership / cutting edge Program Economics Special criteria for Higher Education (noted above)
Lifetime Achievement (extra points if available)
Bill Heenan Emerging Leader (extra points if available)
Outstanding Recycling Organization
Outstanding For-Profit Business Leadership
Outstanding Non-Profit Business Leadership
Outstanding Community or Government Program
Outstanding Higher Education Program

Nominate Here

Upcoming Free Webinars!

Help Develop a Zero Wasting Plan for California!
June 15, 2017 from 10:00am – 11:30am PT
via GoToWebinar

California is leading the world in fighting climate change and modeling a sustainable future. Help keep that leadership going by taking part in the development of a Zero Wasting Plan for California!

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Join us in building upon the results of the December Workshops and April Webinar:

  • Divertability Analysis (types, amounts and sources of materials)
  • Commodity Analysis (value of discarded materials)
  • Service Opportunity Analysis (what’s missing?)
  • Supply ($ paid to process materials) and Demand ($ paid for finished materials) Market Analysis
  • Zero Waste Planning Checklist (Policies, Programs & Facilities to achieve Zero Waste).
  • AB2020 immediate fix needed
  • Packaging waste reduction
  • Compliance with SB 1383 (75% reduction of organics to landfill by 2025)
  • Tools to Implement above topics (e.g. state and local legislation, model ordinances/agreements, grassroots organizing, consumer campaigns, certification and training)

Hear what CRRA Technical Councils are recommending to include in the Zero Wasting Plan. Offer your own suggestions to make sure the Plan addresses your vision of what CA should be striving for to achieve Zero Wasting.

Register Now!

Webinar Hosted by: National Recycling Coalition
Promotional Partners: Zero Waste USA, Zero Waste San Diego, Zero Waste Sonoma County, CRRA and Northern California Recycling Association

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International Compost Awareness Week 2017

This year’s theme: Compost! Healthy Soil, Healthy Food
From May 7 – May 13, 2017

Effective materials management is key to the resilience and beauty of any community, but many municipalities have yet to tap the numerous social, environmental, and economic benefits of recycling organic materials.

By collecting food scraps and landscape trimmings, these materials can be transformed into a valuable resource through the process of composting. The final product is compost, a nutrient-rich soil amendment which can be cycled back into the community to improve residential gardens, municipal landscaping, and agricultural lands. It can also be used for other DPW purposes such as erosion control.

From May 7th through the 13th, join communities across the U.S. and around the world by helping to promote the use and benefits of compost. How? Below are some event ideas to try in your community:

  • Facilitate a “How-To Compost at Home” workshop
  • Host a compost sale or giveaway
  • Organize tours of residential or commercial compost systems
  • Spread the word through local news media
  • Engage K-12 students with a district-wide art contest
  • Use compost for planting trees or local community garden

For more information about International Compost Awareness Week, and for additional tips on how to celebrate, please visit

Join the Compost Challenge! Learn More Here

National Recycling Coalition Scholarships for Minneapolis Area College Students

National Recycling Coalition Scholarships for Minneapolis Area College Students

Apply by June 1, 2017

A limited number of scholarships are being awarded to college and university students in the Twin Cities area through the National Recycling Coalition (NRC).

The Murray J. Fox Scholarship Fund was created in 1994, when Murray Fox, a long-time supporter and member of the NRC, started a fund to provide scholarships to college students interested in recycling. Since then, the trust fund has endowed over $112,000 in scholarships to 66 college students.

This year, in addition to scholarships, recipients will receive complementary admission to the Resource Recycling Conference in Minneapolis, 8/28-30/2017 as well as a one-year membership to the Coalition.

To learn more about Murray and his amazing contribution to recycling and young people, read his bio here.

For more information, contact: [email protected]