Recycler of the Year Awards

Each year, AOR selects individuals and organizations to receive Recycler of the Year Awards.  Nominations for the 2019 Recycler of the Year Awards are now open. Learn more.

Award recipients have made exceptional contributions to recycling and waste prevention in Oregon and typically demonstrate the following:

  • Enhancement of materials management through waste prevention, recycling, composting, innovation, upstream impacts, or market development.
  • A long-term commitment to waste prevention, recycling, market development, or community involvement.
  • Innovation in proposing or implementing new, modified, or unique technologies, processes, or promotion.
  • Economic benefits in terms of reduced costs to businesses, organizations, or the public.
  • Transferability of recycling or waste prevention programs, processes, or efforts.

Recycler of the Year Awards 2018

Congratulations to the 2018 Recycler of the Year Award winners:

Recycler of the Year – Nonprofit
NextStep Recycling

Recycler of the Year – Individual
Eva Aguilar, Washington County

Recycler of the Year – Business or Institution
Port of Portland, Green Plate Pilot Program

Recycler of the Year - Higher Education
University of Oregon Zero Waste Program

Recycler of the Year - Youth Education
Churchill High School, Rachel Carson Academy Master Recycling Program

Recycler of the Year – Innovation Award
St. Vincent de Paul Society of Lane County

Recycler of the Year – Public Agency
Green Team at Coos Bay Bureau of Land Management

Public Education/Promotion Program of the Year
School Resource Conservation (SRC) Network

Life Time Achievement Award
Nancy Bond, Portland Public Schools

Alice Soderwall Reuse and Waste Prevention Award
Free Geek


Recycler of the Year Award Winners

For year-by-year details about the winners, click on the appropriate year below.