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Wisconsin Recycling Excellence Awards

The DNR recognizes outstanding recycling and waste minimization efforts through its annual Recycling Excellence Award program. This page contains information about the award nomination process and highlights the achievements of recent winners.

The Recycling Excellence Awards celebrate the outstanding recycling efforts, innovation and performance of communities and organizations, both small and large, throughout Wisconsin. Any recycling responsible unit (RU) or organization that recognizes excellence in its own program or any other program is encouraged to self-nominate or submit a nomination on another program's behalf. Nominations are accepted annually from June 1 through August 31 and recipients are announced in October.

Awards are presented to RUs and organizations for their successes in four categories including overall program, projects and initiatives, special events and innovation. More information on each of these categories and a list of the 2017 award winners is provided in the table below.

2017 award categories and winners

DNR 2017 awards news release

Category Recognition Winners
Projects and Initiatives Recognizes a finite project that demonstrated cost effectiveness or potential cost savings while increasing the overall recycling rate.
  • McKinley Elementary School (Wauwatosa, Milwaukee County)
  • Rick Schultz/City of Watertown (jefferson County)
  • Outagamie County
Overall Program Recognizes outreach efforts that are robust and constantly improving, while demonstrating a commitment to improve the overall recycling program.
  • Jerry Martell/Modern Disposal Systems (Sparta, Monroe County)
  • Milwaukee House of Correction

Honorable Mention

  • Preschool of the Arts (Madison, Dane County)
Innovation Recognizes a program that demonstrates unique and innovative approaches to recycling.
  • Glean Central Wisconsin

Past winners

Last revised: Tuesday November 14 2017