— The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources recently recognized nine communities, organizations and businesses throughout the state for their outstanding recycling and waste minimization accomplishments in 2015.
Recipients of the DNR's annual Recycling Excellence Awards are selected based on their achievements in one of four categories: projects and initiatives; overall program; special events; and innovation. This is the award program's fourth year.
"These awards document the hard work, creativity and resourcefulness of Wisconsin's communities and continue to demonstrate the high value our residents place on responsible waste management," said Ann Coakley, Waste and Materials Management Program director. "It seems fitting the awards are announced as communities all over the state and country recognize the importance of recycling on America Recycles Day."
The Sparta High School Earth Club earned the Projects and Initiatives award for successfully establishing a food waste diversion program within their school district and greater community, including the collection, processing and marketing of the final product.
The village of West Salem and the town of Rome, in association with the Choose to Reuse Program, received the Overall Program award. This award recognizes their ongoing commitment to provide expanded recycling and waste minimization services coupled with strong education and outreach efforts. The village of Union Grove received an Honorable Mention in this category for their continuing efforts to expand their waste diversion services through collaboration with regional programs and education.
Eau Claire County, the Incourage organization and Wisconsin State Fair received the award for Special Events. These programs increased opportunities for away-from-home recycling and waste diversion through education, long term planning and policy change.
The Innovation award was presented to the town of Auburn in Fond du Lac County and Earthbound Environmental Solutions in Eau Claire County for their efforts to expand recycling services and divert materials from landfills while providing cost savings to their communities.
More information on the awards program can be found by searching for "Recycling Excellence Awards" on the DNR website, dnr.wi.gov.