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Wisconsin Recycling Excellence Awards

The DNR is now accepting nominations for the 2017 Recycling Excellence Awards. Nominations are due August 31.

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 2016 award winners is provided in the table below.

2017 nomination process

Nomination forms are available online and due August 31. Submissions should include a written description of the outstanding recycling achievements that deserve recognition, including dates, locations and recycling data if applicable and available. Applicants are also encouraged to submit supporting materials, including education and outreach examples, photos, tables, charts and website links.

2016 award categories and winners

Category Recognition Winners
Projects and Initiatives Recognizes a finite project that demonstrated cost effectiveness or potential cost savings while increasing the overall recycling rate.
  • Sparta High School Earth Club (Monroe County)
Overall Program Recognizes outreach efforts that are robust and constantly improving, while demonstrating a commitment to improve the overall recycling program.
  • Town of Rome and Choose to Reuse Program (Adams County)
  • Village of West Salem (La Crosse County)

Honorable Mention

  • Village of Union Grove (Racine County)
Special Events Recognizes effective recycling at a special event by offering recycling for the first time or expanding existing programs.
  • Eau Claire County
  • Incourage (Wood County)
  • Wisconsin State Fair (Milwaukee County)
Innovation Recognizes a program that demonstrates unique and innovative approaches to recycling.
  • Town of Auburn (Fond du Lac County)
  • Earthbound Environmental Solutions (Eau Claire County)

Past winners

Last revised: Wednesday June 07 2017