Sustainable Oregon Awards

The Recycler of the Year Awards are now the Sustainable Oregon Awards! 

After a brief hiatus due to Covid, AOR is excited to announce the return of our annual awards! The Recycler of the Year awards have been renamed to “Sustainable Oregon Awards” to recognize that sustainable materials management is more than just recycling and our winners span the gamut of the entire waste hierarchy. In addtition to renaming the awards, we have eliminated specific categories in order to increase accessibility and inclusion. There are many great achievements in our industry that didn’t fit so neatly into one category, so each nomination will be evaluated on its own merit, and judged based on the criteria outlined below. 

The Sustainable Oregon Awards recognize individuals and organizations who have made exceptional contributions in the field of materials management in Oregon. The 2022 Sustainable Oregon Awards will be presented at the conference on October 27th. 

Nominations are due by September 9th, 2022. 

Awards will be presented at the Sustainable Oregon Conference in Bend, Oregon on October 27th, 2022. 


AOR is looking for nominees that demonstrate the following:

  • Significant or outstanding accomplishments in recycling, waste prevention, reuse or other sustainable materials management initiatives. 
  • Actions that went above and beyond the normal scope of duties and resulted in significantly reducing solid waste or having furthered recycling, waste prevention, reuse, composting and/or other elements of materials management.
  • Produced economic benefits in terms of reduced costs to businesses, organizations, or the public.
  • Demonstrated transferability or replicability of materials management programs, processes, or efforts.
  • Demonstrated commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI).

Download Nominations Guide

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Recycler of the Year Award Winners

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