Leaders, Not Laggers: The 2020 Recycling Awards

Solid leadership is of the utmost importance in times of change. Recycle Colorado is proud to celebrate a diverse group of recycling stewards. Join us in acknowledging the 2020 Recycling Awards recipients. This year’s annual awards highlight the achievements of individuals, the dedication of schools and teachers to instill recycling habits, the commitment of lawmakers to increase waste diversion, and more.

The honorees:

Recycler of the Year

  • Mickey Barry, Angel of Shavano Recycling

Lifetime Achievement

  • Bryce Isaacson, Western Disposal Services
  • Kara Mertz, City of Boulder

Outstanding Business Recycling/Diversion Program

Outstanding Government Recycling/Diversion Program

Outstanding Outreach

Outstanding Elected

‘Mereth Meade’ Volunteer of the Year

  • Tara Tull

‘Cara Russell’ Rising Star

  • Laura Levesque, Recycle Colorado

Read more about the recipients and their achievements

Watch the video of the virtual awards presentation

“The winners are great models for other communities and professionals on what can be done, and what works, across the state,” said Lisa Skumatz, principal of Skumatz Economic Research Associates and board member of Recycle Colorado, who chaired the awards selection committee. “We were really energized to see the great nominees during these difficult times.”

The awards were presented in a virtual ceremony in early August. Winners receive a custom upcycled award made from old circuit boards that is produced by Tech Wears. “We hope these awards inspire our winners to continue with their excellent work that benefits our communities, our state and our planet,” said Amy Randell, associate executive director of Recycle Colorado. “Although we missed meeting in person, we hope the video of the event can be seen by a larger audience and inspire others to do the hard work as well.” Winners receive a custom upcycled award made from old circuit boards that is produced by TechWears.

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