Each year, the CRRA presents awards to individuals and organizations who “go above and beyond” in their efforts to prevent waste, reuse materials, recycle, compost, buy recycled and build “green.” It is CRRA’s honor to recognize outstanding achievers in California and publicize their successes.
Nominations are now OPEN for the 2017 CRRA Annual Awards
Click here for the Nomination Form & Instructions
Rick Best Environmental Advocacy Award ~ This award honors lifetime environmental stewardship achievements and recognizes individuals who effectively advocate for Earth's natural systems. The award for efforts that go beyond reuse, recycling and composting to encompass air and water quality, resource protection, and climate protection efforts.
- 2016 (Sacramento) - Scott Smithline
- 2015 (Los Angeles) - Rx Responsibility, Alameda County Board of Supervisors and Supervisor Nate Miley
- 2014 (San Jose) - Allen Hershkowitz
- 2013 (Pasadena) - Mark Murray
- 2012 (Oakland) – Annie Leonard
- 2011 (Coronado/San Diego) – Captain Charles Moore
- 2010 (Sacramento) – Heidi Sanborn
- 2009 (Rancho Mirage) – Wes Chesbro
- 2008 (Burlingame) – Ed Begley Jr.
- 2007 (San Pedro) – Terry Tamminen, John Davis
- 2006 (San Jose) – David Tam
- 2005 (Los Angeles) – Darryl Young, Mike Paparian
- 2004 (Sacramento) – Bryon Sher
- 2003 (Ontario) – Rick Best
CRRA Service Award ~ This award recognizes exceptional service to the organization, a contribution of time or resources beyond expectations.
- 2016 (Sacramento) - Tracie Onstad Bills and Leslie Luckas
- 2015 (Los Angeles) - Bob Nelson
- 2014 (San Jose) - Mark Gagliardi
- 2013 (Pasadena) – Julie Muir
- 2012 (Oakland) – Lin King
- 2011 (Coronado/San Diego) – Roberta Miller
- 2010 (Sacramento) - Bob Hollis
- 2009 (Rancho Mirage) – Susan Collins
- 2008 (Burlingame) – Jacy Bolden and Laura Anthony
- 2007 (San Pedro) – Bill Worrell
- 2006 (San Jose) – Stephen Bantillo
- 2005 (Los Angeles) - San Francisco Department of the Environment
- 2004 (NRC/San Francisco) – Judi Gregory
- 2003 (Ontario) - John Davis, John Moore and Gigantic Idea (Shana and Lisa).
- 2001 (Pasadena) – Liz Citrino
Recycler of the Year ~ This award is given to individuals who has significantly contributed to resource conservation throughout their careers in California.
- 2016 (Sacramento) - Susan Collins
- 2015 (Los Angeles) - John Davis
- 2014 (San Jose) - Richard Gertman
- 2013 (Pasadena) - Bob Besso
- 2012 (Oakland) - Monica Wilson/GAIA
- 2011 (Coronado/San Diego) - Timonie Hood
- 2010 (Sacramento) - Jack Macy
- 2009 (Rancho Mirage) - Tony Lisenko and Bill Mohoff - Sunset Waste Systems
- 2008 (Burlingame) - Bill Worrell
- 2007 (San Pedro) - Judi Gregory
- 2006 (San Jose) - Ron Grietzer
- 2005 (Los Angeles) - Gary Liss
- 2004 ((NRC/San Francisco) - Jacy Bolden
- 2003 (Ontario) - Rick Anthony
- 2002 (Oakland) - Heidi Sanborn
- 2001 (Pasadena) - Joan Edwards
- 2000 (Sacramento) - Ruth Galanter
- 1999 (San Francisco) - Kate Krebs
- 1998 (San Diego) - Rick Best
- 1997 (Monterey) - Pavitra Crimmel
- 1994 (Santa Barbara) Brooke Nash
- 1993 (Oakland) Dan Cotter
- 1992 (Long Beach) Mike Anderson
- 1990 (NRC/San Diego) Dan DeGrassi
- 1989 (Arcata) Maggie Gainer
- 1988 (San Diego) Kathy Evans
- 1987 (San Jose) Pat Miller
- 1986 (Irvine) Gary Liss
- 1984 (Santa Cruz) Rick Anthony
- 1980 (Fresno) Hal Conklin
- 1976 (Santa Barbara) Chuck Davis
Dave Hardy Leadership in Organics Award ~ Dave Hardy was instrumental in developing the Organics Recycling Council in CRRA and served as the organization’s President. For his contribution, this award recognizes a business, government agency, community-based organization or school that demonstrates excellence in the production, marketing and/or utilization of organic materials.
- 2016 - Marin Carbon Project
- 2015 - City of San Diego Miramar Greenery
- 2014 - Monterey Waste Management District and Michelle Young, City of San Jose
“Next Generation” Recycler Award ~ This award is specifically designed to promote the next generation of Recyclers/“Zero Wasters” in California. It will be awarded to an individual young person or youth group that set themselves apart from their peers in promoting waste prevention, recycling, composting, zero waste, or buying recycled.
- 2016 - 4Rs Student Action Program
- 2015 - Cathedral City Community Gardening & Composting Program
- 2014 - Zero Waste Youth – USA
Outstanding "Closing the Loop" Commitment ~ Awarded to a business, government agency, community-based organization or school that has implemented an innovative program that features the procurement of products that reduce waste, have recycled content and/or are safer alternatives to toxic products.
- 2016 - Goodwill Industries of San Diego
- 2015 - Armstrong World Industries
Outstanding Construction and Demolition Recycling Award ~ Awarded to a private business, government agency or community-based organization that has excelled in the reduction and recycling of materials generated through construction and/or demolition activities.
- 2016 - Mary Williams, San Francisco Department of the Environment
- 2014 - Zanker Recycling
Outstanding Household Hazardous Waste/Universal/Electronic Recycling Award ~ Awarded to a business, government agency or community-based organization to recognize innovation and excellence in diverting HHW/U-Waste/E-waste materials from disposal.
- 2016 - City of Lancaster Recycling
- 2014 – City of Elk Grove, Special Waste Collection Center
Outstanding Practices in Venue/Event Resource Recovery ~ Awarded to a large event or venue serving over 2,000 people/day, for excellence in implementing waste reduction, recycling and organics programs, innovative source reduction programs, recovering over 90% of event discards, and/or other programs that demonstrate best practices in event or venue resource management.
- 2016 - Moscone Center
- 2015 - The Offset Project
- 2014 - Pebble Beach Pro-Am Golf Tournament
Outstanding Recycling Program ~ Awarded to a business, government agency, community-based organization or school that has excelled in implementing and carrying out a recycling and/or diversion program.
- 2016 - County of Santa Cruz
- 2015 - Keep California Beautiful
- 2014 - San Joaquin Regional Conservation Corps
Outstanding School Recycling Program ~ Awarded to a business, government agency, community-based organization or school that has excelled in implementing and carrying out a recycling and/or diversion program.
- 2016 - Desert Knolls Elementary School
- 2015 - City of Elk Grove Elementary School Recycling Program
- 2014- Oceanside Zero Waste Schools
Outstanding Waste Prevention Award ~ Awarded to a business, government agency, community-based organization or school that has taken the steps to evaluate their waste stream and has successfully implemented a program that prevents the generation of waste.
- 2016 - Clean Water Fund/Clean Water Action
- 2015 - Boston Scientific, Fremont Clean & Green
- 2014 - Center for Development of Recycling
Pavitra Crimmel Reuse Award ~ Pavitra was instrumental in championing the promotion and implementation of successful reuse programs. In her honor, this award recognizes special achievement by a private business, government agency, community based organization or school in the reuse of materials.
- 2016 - Peter Mui
- 2015 - Urban Ore
Zero Waste Achievement Award ~ Awarded to a progressive business, government agency, community-based organization or school that has made the commitment to zero waste, implemented outreach programs and excelled toward the achievement of their zero waste goal.
- 2016 - Monterey Regional Waste Management District
- 2015 - Oakland Recycles - Planning for Zero
- 2014 - Zero Waste San Diego