Awards and Recognition

With help from people and businesses across Onondaga County, OCRRA has gotten really good at what we do. We’re continually recognized for providing outstanding environmental services to the community. Below is a summary of the awards that we’ve received on both a local and a national level.

2017:

  • Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) Excellence Award, Gold – Composting Program
  • Product Stewardship Institute – Thoughtful Motivator, Andrew Radin, Director of Recycling and Waste Reduction
  • CNY Association of Family and Consumer Science Educators – Ellen Swallow RIchards Award, Theresa Evans, Recycling Specialist

2016:

  • Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) Excellence Award, Gold – School Education Program
  • GreeningUSA – Sustaining our Community Award for Earth Day Litter Cleanup Program
  • CNY  Business Journal – 40 Under Forty Award Winner, Ann Fordock, OCRRA Recycling Specialist

2015:

  • Interactive Media Council – Outstanding Achievement Award for School Education Series
  • New York State Association for Reduction, Reuse and Recycling – Lifetime Achievement Award, Andrew Radin, OCRRA Director of Recycling and Waste Reduction
  • Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation – Leader in Sustainability
  • Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) Unsung Hero Awards, Amy Miller, OCRRA Engineer and Kristen Lawton, OCRRA Public Information Officer
  • Waste360, 40 Under 40 Award Winner, Ann Fordock, OCRRA Recycling Specialist

2014:

  • National Recycling Coalition – Recycling Award for Outstanding Community or Government Program
  • New York State Association for Reduction, Reuse and Recycling – Recycling Leadership Award - Public Sector, Greg Gelewski, OCRRA Recycling Operations Manager
  • Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation – Leader in Sustainability
  • Syracuse Grows – Commitment to community gardens and cultivating a just foodscape in the City of Syracuse

2013:

  • Arc of Onondaga – Robert D. McAuliffe Community Service Award
  • Waste & Recycling News – Rosie Award, Kristen Lawton, OCRRA Public Information Officer

2012:

  • Constant Contact Marketing All-Star
  • GreeningUSA Advocacy Award
  • Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation – Leader in Sustainability
  • Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) Excellence Award, Gold – Waste-to-Energy (WTE) Facility Operations (Awarded to Covanta Energy, OCRRA's WTE partner)

2011:

  • American Forestry and Paper Association Award for Community Recycling
  • Environmental Business Journal, Project Merit Award – WTE
  • NYS DEC Environmental Excellence Award – Composting
  • Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) Excellence Award, Silver – Composting
  • SWANA Excellence Award, Bronze – Integrated Solid Waste System
  • SWANA Excellence Award, Silver – Marketing
  • Waste and Recycling News, Green City Award, Outstanding Residential Recycling

2010:

  • NYSAR3 Recycler of the Year – Group/Team
  • Keep America Beautiful – Waste Reduction and Recycling National Award
  • Keep America Beautiful – Litter Prevention National Award
  • US Composting Council – Composting Program of the Year
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