A few years ago, I volunteered to chair the awards committee for the Professional Recyclers of Pennsylvania. In that position, I am tasked to review the annual Pennsylvania Waste Watcher Award applications that are submitted from businesses, institutions, organizations and schools. The applications represent recycling programs that go above and beyond what is mandated by law. Once the applications are reviewed and the successful candidates are chosen, I help PROP to organize a luncheon to recognize these deserving entities. As you can imagine, I have seen many wonderful programs while taking on this duty.
In fact, many of the applications have come from right here in Centre County. We are surrounded by local entities that show outstanding achievements in the recycling field. There are so many local initiatives, that the Centre County Recycling and Refuse Authority, the Centre Region Council of Governments and State College borough are partnering up to recognize Centre County businesses, institutions, organizations and schoolsas “Green Business Partners” who take pride in their recycling programs.
To start, we have designed a window cling to proudly display at our local businesses, institutions, organizations and schools. This window cling serves as a visual indicator to the public that our local entities are committed to the well-being of the county by following proper waste management and recycling practices. I have seen many of our window clings proudly displayed on windows across the area. If your business recycles and it did not receive a “Recycling Works For My Business” window cling and would like one, e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’d love to get one to you.
Secondly, we are asking our local businesses, institutions, organizations and schools with outstanding recycling programs to complete and submit a Waste Watcher/Green Business Partner application. We want to hear about what is going on locally in the following areas: recycling, composting/organics, special event recycling, reuse, environmental rehabilitation and recycling innovation. An application may be downloaded at www.centrecountyrecycles.org.
The deadline to complete and submit the application is Oct. 10. After reviewing applications, successful entities will be contacted by Oct. 17 and invited to an awards luncheon on Nov. 13 in coordination with America Recycles Day. In addition, successful candidates will be featured in our newsletter and on our website and Facebook page. We can’t wait to recognize those who are going above and beyond.
We hope you will consider becoming a Green Business Partner. Please contact me with any questions you may have about this program or the application.