2015 Recycling Awards for Excellence in Waste Reduction, Recycling & Litter Prevention

Call for Award Nominations -- Deadline March 6, 2015

The Virginia Recycling Association (VRA) recognizes the best programs in waste reduction, recycling and litter prevention as well as individuals in the state at our annual conference awards ceremony. We invite you to submit entries for recognition. Nominate your program or someone else’s!

Nominations are sought from the public and private sectors, business, industry, schools, government and non-profit agencies, civic or volunteer organizations, and individuals. You do not need to be a member to nominate a program.

Awards will be presented during a luncheon at the VRA Conference (May 5 & 6) at the Sheraton Virginia Beach Oceanfront Hotel. Winners will be the guests of the VRA at the Awards Ceremony on May 6.

Submission
All nominations will be electronic. Please fill out the online nomination form by March 6, 2015. There is no limit on the number of programs or individuals you may nominate, but a program or individual can be entered only once. Awards will be given based on calendar year 2014.

Screening
In selecting eligible nominees, a panel of judges will consider:

  • Virginia-based individuals, businesses, or recycling, litter or waste reduction programs and projects
  • Significant waste and toxicity reduction, recycling and diversion from disposal, litter prevention
  • Program applicability to other communities, organizations, schools, or businesses recycling programs
  • Leadership, public outreach and participation in recycling, litter or waste reduction programs
  • Amount and type of materials collected, processed, manufactured or purchased
  • Impact on local economy and jobs
  • Economics of the program, such as costs, benefits, local economic development and benefits to recycled-content product markets
  • Innovation and unique aspects of the recycling, litter or waste reduction programs
  • Length of time recycling, litter or waste reduction programs has been in operation
  • Coverage and longevity of recycling, litter or waste reduction programs
  • Documented effect on recycling and the waste management hierarchyAmount of votes received by VRA members

Award Categories

RECYCLER OF THE YEAR
Honors an individual in the public or private sector who has made significant contributions to the advancement of integrated solid waste reduction.

Selection Criteria:

  • Professional leadership
  • Sharing career experience with others
  • Development of self-sustaining waste reduction programs
  • Effective education programming
  • Innovative approaches

OUTSTANDING COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY RECYCLING AWARD
Honors an outstanding college or university program that promotes sustainable resource use through waste reduction, reuse and recycling on a college campus.

Selection Criteria:

  • Integrated waste reduction, reuse or recycling program
  • Innovative aspects of program
  • Education component
  • Volunteer contribution to the university
  • Buy-recycled component, if applicable
  • Program must have been in operation for at least one year

OUTSTANDING K-12 RECYCLING AWARD
Honors an outstanding K-12 school program that promotes sustainable resource use through waste reduction, reuse and recycling on school grounds.

Selection Criteria:

  • Integrated waste reduction, reuse or recycling program
  • Innovative aspects of program
  • Education component
  • Program must have been in operation for at least one year

OUTSTANDING CITY OR COUNTY RECYCLING AWARD
Recognizes a program whose recycling, composting and waste reduction efforts are administered by a city, county or municipal government.

Selection Criteria:

  • Integrated waste reduction program (including source reduction, recycling, reuse composting, etc.)
  • Innovative aspects of program
  • Comprehensive publicity/education targeting residential and/or commercial sources
  • Types and scope of materials collected for recycling
  • Innovative materials marketing technique
  • Percent of municipal solid waste stream recycled and/or per capita waste reduction
  • Buy-recycled component
  • Program must have been in operation for one year

OUTSTANDING SERVICE PROVIDER AWARD
Recognizes the efforts of a hauler or recovery facility to provide maximum recovery of materials for recycling or reuse.

  • Innovative aspects of program
  • Comprehensive publicity/education targeting residential and/or commercial sources
  • Types and scope of materials collected for recycling
  • Percent of municipal solid waste stream recycled and/or per capita waste reduction

OUTSTANDING BUSINESS & INDUSTRY RECYCLING AWARD
Honors a commercial business or industry that has successfully implemented waste management programs by incorporating reduction, reuse, recycling and buying recycled. Zero waste efforts will receive additional attention.

Selection Criteria:

  • Integrated waste management program (including reduction, reuse, recycling, composting, etc.)
  • Ongoing employee education program with incentives for waste reduction efforts
  • Administration policy that demonstrates a commitment to waste reduction, reuse and recycling
  • Broad range of materials managed or recycled, with records kept on quantities
  • Waste-conscious procurement policies for materials and supplies
  • Provision of information and technical assistance with waste management to other businesses
  • Program must have been in operation for at least one year

THE OUTSTANDING GOVERNMENT AGENCY, INSTITUTION, or NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION AWARD
Recognizes a state or federal government agency, institution or non-profit organization that has developed and implemented a sustainable waste reduction and prevention program to include reuse, recycling and buying recycled products.

Selection Criteria:

  • Integrated waste management program (including reduction, reuse, recycling, composting, etc.)
  • Ongoing employee education program with incentives for waste reduction efforts
  • Administration policy that demonstrates commitment to waste reduction, reuse and recycling
  • Broad range of materials managed or recycled, with records kept to quantities
  • Waste conscious procurement policies for materials and supplies
  • Sharing of information and technical assistance with peers
  • Innovative and creative components to program
  • Program must have been in operation for at least one year

OUTSTANDING MEDIA AWARD
Awards a member of the media (broadcast, print, etc.) whose fair and accurate reporting and consistent attention to environmental issues supports Virginia’s recycling industry and local programs. Two samples of nominee’s work are required.

AWARD FOR PUBLIC LEADERSHIP IN RECYCLING
Recognizes elected officials who demonstrate leadership in advancing public policy in the area of waste reduction and recycling. Individuals who have made a significant contribution to decisions about a broad range of issues including innovative waste management programs, recycling advancement, buying recycled and the economic development of the recycling industry.

OUTSTANDING LITTER PREVENTION AWARD
Recognizes litter prevention activities to change attitudes and behaviors in your community. Activities can include, but are not limited to: Great American Cleanup™ activities, Community Presentations, Litter-free Events, Adopt-A-Spot/Block/Street/etc., Clean Builder/Business/Campus, Receptacle Drives, Litter Report Cards, or Litter Hotlines.

AWARD FOR RURAL INNOVATION
Recognizes innovative programs that increased recycling activities in rural communities.

OUTSTANDING ORGANICS/COMPOSTING PROGRAM
Awarded to a composting facility or program, public or private, that has demonstrated organics diversion to composting or vermicomposting including a component of education and public outreach. The nominated program must be in operation for a minimum of 1 year and be in regulatory compliance.
 

Announcing the 2014 Award Winner for

Excellence in Recycling 

Anheuser-Busch,  Recycler of the Year

Smithfield Packing Company, Inc., Outstanding Business

Amelia County Litter Program, Outstanding Education Program

Amelia County Recycling Program, Outstanding Rural Innovation

Hanover County, Outstanding Organics Program

Arlington County, Outstanding Leadership

Stefanie S. Robinson, Spring Run Elementary School, Outstanding School Organics Program

VersAbility Resources E-Recycling,  Outstanding Service Provider

City of Virginia Beach Public Works Waste Management Townhome Conversion Team, Outstanding Municipal Program

Evonik Corporation, Outstanding Clean Water Initiative