The Professional Recyclers of Pennsylvania is now accepting applications for the 2011 Waste Watcher Awards. Applications are due by May 18.
The Waste Watcher awards are given to recycling, waste reduction, reuse and composting programs in Pennsylvania that have exhibited exemplary performance.
Each year, nearly one hundred municipalities, counties, private businesses, individuals and community organizations from across the state are recognized for going above and beyond what is mandated under Act 101 for their communities or programs.
The Award categories include: recycling, composting/organics, public education, special event recycling, special collections, reuse, environmental rehabilitation, recycling innovations, waste reduction, closing the loop and "tales from the trenches."
The Pennsylvania Waste Watcher program is open to municipalities, counties, businesses and industries, schools, colleges, universities, community non-profit program groups and individuals who have made a significant contribution in recycling, composting and waste reduction and reuse efforts during the 2010 calendar year.
Applicants must demonstrate that their efforts are above and beyond services normally required or typically provided.
Act 101 - the Municipal Waste Planning, Recycling and Waste Reduction Act - has helped generate significant economic and environmental benefits since 1988. Recycling has become a billion dollar industry in Pennsylvania.
The amount of collected recyclables and the number of jobs created by the recycling industry climbs each year. Recycling has saved precious resources and energy, limited greenhouse emissions and other air and water pollutants.
This growth and success is the result of a serious commitment to recycling by individuals, businesses, government and those in the recycling industry like PROP Waste Watcher winners.