The National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) recognizes six partnerhips that excel in public education, facility design and construction, and environmental protection. Winners were selected by judges including industry professionals and representatives from technology and education organizations.

Sustainability Partnership Game Changer Award and Construction and Demolition Debris Recycler of the Year Award: Dane County Solid Waste Division's Rodefield Landfill Construction and Demolition (C&D) Recycling Facility. SCS Engineers helped design and engineer the facility, which houses the entire processing line inside to minimize wind-blown debris and dust.

Best Recycling Public Education Program Award was shared by the City of North Point’s Solid Waste Division for its outreach strategy and Recology San Francisco for its Educational Tour and Artist in Residence Program. North Point used social media, public events, and direct marketing to implement a new curbside recycling program. Recology lets artists repurpose what others have thrown away into sculpture, photography, and painting.

Innovator of the Year Award: AMP Robotics' artificial intelligence (AI) sorting system, which incurs little to no retrofit costs and can be installed within a weekend.

Recycling Facility of the Year Award: City of Dallas and FCC Environmental Services. This award recognizes the material recovery facility that demonstrates leadership in key measurements, such as innovation, quantity of materials collected and/or processed, types of materials recovered, site improvements, or sustainability measures adopted. The facility, which began operating on Jan. 1, will process 80,000 tons in 2017 with a total capacity of 140,000 tons per year.

Organics Recycler of the Year Award: City of Cedar Grove, Wash., and Republic Service and the Alabama Coastal Foundation for their oyster shell recycling program. Cedar Grove was honored for the critical role it plays in Puget Sound’s recycling infrastructure and sustainability efforts. Today, Cedar Grove diverts more than 350,000 tons of organic material from landfills annually.

“Our industry continues to make great strides in safety, engineering, and community engagement," says NWRA President and CEO Darrell Smith. "I congratulate all our winners on their outstanding achievements and contributions. It is important we recognize the good work our industry is doing to make our communities better."