2017 Recycling Awards
Every year, the Recycling Association of Minnesota recognizes recycling, environmental, and public service efforts from individuals, businesses, and organizations around the State. 2017 winners were announced at the Annual Meeting and Dinner as part of the 2017 RAM/SWANA Conference.
Congratulations award winners!
2017 Award Winners
2017 Green Project of the Year
Hennepin County Department of Environment and Energy
In recognition of an innovative project which has required tremendous collaboration and commitment that successfully engaged residents of the local community to uncover the opportunities and challenges to increasing recycling and reducing waste.
In the first year of the Zero Waste Challenge, Hennepin County staff worked with 35 households – a total of 133 adults and children – to track the waste they generated and take specific actions to prevent waste and increase recycling. Overall, participating households decreased the amount of waste they produced by 20 percent. On average, households recycled or composted 62 percent of their waste, significantly more than the countywide diversion rate of 45 percent.
2017 Public Service Award
Congressman Keith Ellison
In recognition of your outstanding public service in Congress and for your advocacy for many environmental initiatives including Zero Waste, recycling, and environmental justice. Your work positively impacts a more sustainable future for Minnesota.
2017 Recycler of the Year
City of Minneapolis – Solid Waste and Recycling
In recognition of the creation and promotion of a city-wide organics program that has produced outstanding results in participation and waste diversion. This award also recognizes the inclusive multi-faceted and multi-lingual educational campaign for residents.
Minneapolis Division of Solid Waste & Recycling rolled-out a citywide opt-in organics recycling program in 2015 – 2016. In just eighteen months from approval to roll-out the program, the City successfully delivered carts and began collecting organics from more than 38,500 households who had signed up to participate. As of September 5, 2017, 43.27%, over 46,000 households have signed up to participate.
As organics recycling was a brand new concept for many people, the Division implemented a large multi-faceted and multi-lingual educational campaign to educate residents about what organics recycling is, why they should participate, how to participate and the benefits of using compost.
2017 Denise Kolar Award
The Recycling Association of Minnesota recognizes your passion, service, and commitment to the organization and recycling in Minnesota.
Lori has been a board member of RAM since 2004. She is RAM’s graphic design go-to person and assists with the design of our conference mailings each year. Most recently, Lori helped with the design of RAM’s new membership brochure. She has also provided valuable assistance with editing various RAM publications and helps with graphics for our website. Because of her years on the Board, Lori is full of historical knowledge of RAM and reminds us when we have gone down a certain road before and what the outcome was. We at RAM appreciate Lori’s dedication to this organization and are grateful for the time she gives and for her leadership.
2017 Special Recognition Award
Roger Cargill, Schupan Recycling
In recognition of your outstanding support for, and special operations assistance to, the Recycling Association of Minnesota.