NRC Awards Recyclers

AT ITS RECENT ANNUAL awards ceremony, the Washington, D.C.-based National Recycling Coalition's (NRC) presented William Heenan, president of the Steel Recycling Institute, Pittsburgh, with its “Recycler of the Year — Lifetime Achievement” award. The ceremony took place at NRC's 24th Annual Congress & Expo, held in late August in San Francisco.

Other NRC award winners included New York City Councilman Michael E. McMahon, who received the “Best Local Elected Recycling Leader” award; the Bellwood, Pa.-based Professional Recyclers of Pennsylvania, which won the “Outstanding Recycling Organization” award; Dell Inc., Round Rock, Texas, which received the “Fred Schmitt Award for Outstanding Corporate Leadership;” and the Orange County, N.C., Solid Waste Management Department, which won the “Beth Brown Boettner Award for Outstanding Public Education.” To view the rest of the award winners, visit

In other news from the convention, Dell announced that it has granted 20 organizations and governmental departments $10,000 each to boost computer recycling. Each awardee will use the money to conduct a “No Computer Should Go to Waste” event.

Also, NRC announced that the California Department of Conservation will be seeking applications in October for a grant program aimed at increasing the recycling rates of aluminum, glass and plastic beverage containers. The Beverage Container Recycling Market Development and Expansion Grant Program awards up to $10 million annually to projects that promote recycling. For more information, visit