Awards to Massachusetts nonprofit organizations, individuals, municipalities, institutions, universities, businesses, and government officials to acknowledge exceptional dedication to recycling. The awards are intended to honor outstanding achievements in and contributions to waste reduction, reuse, and recycling across the state. Nominations that clearly demonstrate innovation, leadership, and social impact have the greatest chance to win.
Individual: Presented to an individual who deserves special recognition for contributing to recycling, reuse and/or waste reduction in Massachusetts through leadership, sharing knowledge with others, or other avenues.
Municipal: Presented to a municipality that has developed an outstanding municipal recycling program. Recycling Dividends Program metrics are encouraged. Innovation, leadership, and/or overcoming political obstacles are highly weighted.
Transfer Station open 3 days/week or less: Presented to a municipality that has a transfer station that is only open 3 days per week or less, and has developed an outstanding recycling program, maximized diversion, or implemented creative solutions to address their community’s unique challenges. Innovation, leadership, and/or overcoming challenges are highly weighted.
Institution/University: Presented to an employee, student, educational, healthcare, government, nonprofit, or other organization or facility that has developed and is operating outstanding recycling, reuse, and/or waste reduction programs.
Business: Presented to a traditional business that has developed and operates an outstanding recycling/waste reduction program that increases recycling and/or reduces waste generated by their business.
Public Servant: Presented to a politician or government official that has demonstrated great leadership in pushing forward waste reduction, reuse, and recycling in the Commonwealth through the implementation of innovative programs or legislation.
Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)
Additional Eligibility Criteria
Criteria to Apply:
- Person or organization must be based in Massachusetts or do business in Massachusetts.
- Programs must have been in existence for at least one year.
- Programs can include curbside, drop-off, textile recycling, diversion, reuse, organics composting, or food rescue.
- Self-nomination is allowed and encouraged.
- Prior winners during the past 5 years for the same category will not be accepted (distinct new programs excepted).
The deadline to submit nominations is August 1, 2023.
The 2023 awards will be presented at the Fall Social on September 27th, 5-8PM at Hynes Convention Center in Boston.