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DNR Recycling Excellence Awards celebrate America Recycles Day
Contact(s): Jennifer Semrau, DNR Waste Reduction and Diversion Coordinator, 608-267-7550
MADISON - Seven recycling programs, organizations and businesses impacting their local communities received 2017 Recycling Excellence Awards from the Department of Natural Resources as part of America Recycles Day, held November 15.
In its fifth year, the award recognizes four categories of excellence: Projects and Initiatives, Overall Program, Special Events and Innovation.
"It is an honor to recognize these programs for their waste diversion achievements in conjunction with America Recycles Day," said Joe Van Rossum, Waste and Materials Management Program director.
Projects and Initiatives winners are recognized for a specific project that demonstrates cost effectiveness while increasing materials recycled.
- McKinley Elementary School of Wauwatosa was recognized for its successful new food composting program earns the Projects and Initiatives Award for reduction of food waste entering landfills, as well as a plastic bag recycling initiative, with demonstrable results.
- Rick Schultz and the city of Watertown are recognized as a winner for their beneficial reuse of glass, as well as a unique latex paint recycling project.
- Outagamie County's Recycling and Solid Waste Program is awarded for converting 13 mostly rural communities from collection bins to larger, wheeled carts through grant monies yielding an increase in tonnage collected and employing an innovative promotional campaign: "The 90's called. They want their bin back."
The Overall Program Award recognizes outreach efforts that are robust and constantly improving, while demonstrating a commitment to improve the overall recycling program.
- Jerry Martell and Modern Disposal Systems of Sparta are commended with the Overall Program Award for sustained commitment to establishing and expanding recycling, waste diversion and reuse options in towns, cities and counties as well as schools.
- The Milwaukee County House of Correction receives the Overall Program Award for starting a successful recycling program through education and inmate involvement showing significant diversion of materials from landfilling.
- Preschool of the Arts in Madison is awarded an Honorable Mention in the Overall Program category for establishing recycling and food waste diversion throughout the facility.
The Innovation Award recognizes programs that demonstrate unique and innovative approaches to recycling. Glean Central Wisconsin wins the Innovation Award for starting and expanding a food diversion program from farmers markets to local food pantries and community meal programs.
More information on the awards program is available on the DNR website, dnr.wi.gov, by searching "Recycling Excellence Awards."
Last Revised: Tuesday, November 14, 2017