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Tennessee Recycling Coalition’s 2021 Recycler of the Year Awards Announcement

Nomination Criteria

  • The Tennessee Recycling Coalition with its Board of Directors is pleased to present the nomination criteria for this year’s Recycler of the Year (ROY) awards. Participants are encouraged to nominate themselves or others and submit the awards nomination no later than 5:00 pm, June 15, 2021. 
  • Please be sure to note that this year, TRC will host an evening awards ceremony at Anakeesta on Thursday night, August 26, 2021. Winners are encouraged to attend. Government Recycler of the Year, Non-Profit Recycler of the Year, Business Recycler of the Year, Tom Hattle Memorial Award and the Innovator Award will be presented at the Anakeesta awards ceremony in August. The K-12 School Recycler of the Year, Higher Education Recycler of the Year, and Recycling Video Production of the Year will be presented in September virtually. A link will be sent out at a later date.  

How to Enter:

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

Please place your award submission in the appropriate category folder of the dropbox link below:


Or you may submit by emailing info@tennesseerecyclingcoalition.org or Lincoln@rockwoodrecycling.com

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

The deadline to apply is June 15, 2021.  

 Nomination Criteria:

 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 on the website. 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 is a must to be regarded as 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. Click here to see Criteria.

Announcement of Winner:

We will notify the winner that they are selected in July, and the award will be presented during the award ceremony at the TRC Conference on August 25-27th or at a virtual ceremony in September. 

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

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