MRN is pleased to announce that MRN Board Members Chaz Miller and Richard Keller were both honored by The National Recycling Coalition (NRC) for Lifetime Achievement in Recycling. Miller and Keller were honored for their commitment and leadership in the recycling industry over the span of their careers. The awards were presented at the NCR Virtual 2020 Annual Members Meeting on Tuesday, October 20, 2020.
The annual awards program is designed to honor and recognize outstanding individuals, programs, and organizations around the country, both for their achievements, and to serve as a model and a resource for learning for NRC members. Award categories recognize outstanding programs in for-profit businesses, higher education, non-profit organizations, and community / governmental programs, as well as awards for outstanding emerging leader and lifetime achievement.
Chaz Miller is an invaluable national advocate for recycling. Throughout his career, he implemented many recycling programs, including office paper recycling and national glass recycling. Miller has testified in favor of recycling before congress, has spoken at conferences all over the world, and authors an award-winning column focused on recycling and waste issues. Most recently he chaired his home county’s Aiming for Zero Waste Task Force and continues to consult on recycling and waste reduction.
Richard Keller has been a leader in recycling at the federal, state, and local level for more than four decades. His most notable achievement is establishing buy recycled programs. He wrote the Buy Recycled Training Manual and has conducted more than 180 training programs on buying recycled products. He has managed recycling projects including selling recyclable commodities, airport and stadium recycling, planning, source reduction, reuse, training, and market development.
Also honored at the ceremony were …
- Bill Heenan Emerging Leader: Jacob Appel
- Outstanding Outreach Program: Fort Worth, TX- Master Composter Program
- Outstanding Community / Government Program: City of Fayetteville, AR- Organics & Recycling Program & Boulder County Resource Conservation Division- Zero Waste Program
- Outstanding Higher Education Winner: UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County- Waste Reduction Program
- Outstanding Recycling Organization: Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio (SWACO)- Food Waste Diversion Program
- Outstanding Not-for-Profit Business Leadership: Alaskans for Litter Prevention and Recycling (ALPAR)
- Outstanding Business Leadership-For Profit Company: AMP Robotics & Green Bay Packaging
Congratulations to all the winners. Read full press release here.