The Southeast Recycling Champion Awards recognize companies and organizations that have made a significant impact in the recycling industry. They are intended to celebrate achievements and commitment, as well as provide inspiration for others, paramount to the mission of SERDC.  The candidate should be based or have had an impact within the SERDC territory.

*All current members of SERDC are eligible to nominate a candidate for each of the categories below (self-nominations are acceptable):

  • Public Recycling Champion

This award is open to SERDC states, municipalities and county governments that have successfully implemented game changing initiatives, policies or programs to increase recycling in their jurisdiction.

    • Industry Recycling Champion

      This award is open to recycling processors, equipment designers, manufacturers and related facilities that successfully challenge and advance recycling sector operations in the Southeast. It recognizes innovation that increases the effectiveness or efficiency of recycling and that leads all others in key measurements, such as quantity of materials collected and/or processed, types of materials recovered, site improvements, or sustainability measures adopted.

      • Non-Profit Recycling Champion

      This award is open to non-profit organizations, including trade groups that exemplify excellence in recycling and/or public education programs within the SERDC region.

      Nominators should be prepared to briefly describe the accomplishments of the candidate:

      • Innovative aspects or originality of the program or its effectiveness in improving existing methods of meeting the need, and the risks that were overcome in meeting the needs of users or the marketplace, 
      • Any relevant metrics, including number served, percentages of participation, contamination, etc.,
      • Unique qualities, including what was useful, unique, successful, or noteworthy about the nominee's efforts,
      • Other attributes

      Finalists will have the chance to present at the 2023 Resource Recycling Conference in
      August and winners will be announced at the SERDC Annual Member Meeting in October
      in Asheville, North Carolina.  

      Nominations due May 31, 2023 by 5 pm ET

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