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TRC Awards

Recycling Innovators Award (2019 Only)

With the generous support of the Tennessee Department of Transportation, we are pleased to announce the application process for this new award that is aimed to specifically honor innovation and advancements made in the recycling industry right here in Tennessee. This award is open to organizations, county governments, businesses, and other groups working to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of recycling in Tennessee. We are open to reviewing applications that showcase any innovative ways that have led to recycling improvements in Tennessee. Examples could include new approaches to enhance material collection, creative recycling messaging, targeted recycling outreach programs, or innovative ways to recycle recovered materials.

Applicants must show how their innovation led to improved recycling. Thanks to the sponsorship of TDOT, the selected winning application for this award will receive $1,500. 

All applications submitted must be current projects in the past 2 years within Tennessee.

Please submit all applications with 500 words or less to  Mark.Braswell@tn.gov.

Submission of photos and supporting documents are a must to be considered a complete application.

The deadline to apply is June 30, 2019.


Announcement of Winner:

We will notify the winner that they are selected in July and the award will be presented at the Tennessee Recycling Coalition Annual Conference, August 14-16 in Gatlinburg, TN.

Recycler of the Year Award

The Tennessee Recycling Coalition Annual Recyclers of the Year Awards will be presented at the 30th Annual TRC Conference (Gatlinburg, Tennessee) at the Awards Reception on Friday, August 16, 2018 beginning at 11 a.m. TRC recognizes individuals, organizations, schools and businesses in the State of Tennessee that have demonstrated a commitment to waste prevention and recycling.

Awards will be presented in the following six (6) categories (view criteria for each category):
  • Government Recycler of the Year
  • Non-Profit Recycler of the Year
  • Business Recycler of the Year
  • K-12 Schools Recycler of the Year
  • Higher Education Recycler of the Year
  • Tom Hattle Memorial Award
  • Recycling Video Production of the Year

Awards open on May 1, 2019

Submissions are due June 30, 2019!

TRC is accepting awards applications for all awards categories. A panel of judges will select a winner in each category.

To nominate an individual, organization, school or business, submit a 500-word or less description of the program (or individual), using the category and judging criteria listed here. Applications must contain supporting documentation, such as photographs, charts, signage and other information. Programs should have been in place for a minimum of one year to be considered for an award.  Submission of photos and supporting documents are a must to be considered a complete application.

Videos must be 1-3 minutes in length, with titles and credits attached and placed on YouTube. Just send us the link. (see criteria below)

Send your applications/nominations and any supporting documentation to:

TRC Awards Program
c/o Mark Braswell
Tennessee Recycling Coalition
P.O. Box 23796
Nashville, TN 37202

For more information contact: Mark Braswell at 423-854-5459 or by email

Recycler of the Year Award Winners

Please visit out Past Award Winners page to read about previous recipients of the TRC Recycler of the Year Awards.

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