2011 Waste Watcher Recipients Recognized By PROP

The Professional Recyclers of Pennsylvania Wednesday recognized Pennsylvania’s most outstanding recycling and composting programs and projects through the 2011 Waste Watcher Awards Program.
            The Waste Watcher awards are given to recycling, waste reduction, reuse and composting programs in Pennsylvania that have exhibited exemplary performance.  This year 118 municipalities, counties, private businesses, individuals and community organizations from throughout Pennsylvania are being recognized for going above and beyond what is mandated under Act 101 for their communities or programs.  
            In keeping with tradition for Waste Watchers, recipients were invited to attend the 2011 PROP Conference Annual Waste Watchers Luncheon on July 27th, held during the conference in Erie, PA. PROP members welcomed 18 Waste Watcher recipients to the luncheon. Each recipient was recognized for their efforts and presented a plaque by Amy Schirf, Awards Committee Chair and Art Feltes, PROP Board President. 
            When reflecting on the 2011 Waste Watcher program, Committee Chair Amy Schirf commented, "We were so pleased to award 118 Waste Watchers across the Commonwealth in 2011.  It is inspiring to see so many businesses, organizations, community projects and individuals doing their part for the health of the environment.”
            Act 101 – the Municipal Waste Planning, Recycling and Waste Reduction Act –has helped generate significant economic and environmental benefits for over 20 years. Recycling has become a billion dollar industry in Pennsylvania.  
            With each passing year, there is a steady increase in the amount of collected recyclables and the number of jobs created by the industry.  Recycling has saved precious resources and energy, limited greenhouse emissions and other air and water pollutants. 
            This growth and success is the result of a serious commitment to recycling by individuals, businesses, government and the recycling industry like these award winners: 
-- Allegheny: Pennsylvania Resources Council; Dining Services, University of Pittsburgh; Allegheny County Health Department; Centria; Marshall Elementary School/Fifth Grade Class; Pennsylvania Resources Council; SW PA HHW Task Force; Pleasant Hills Pet Hospital
-- Beaver: CENTRIA
-- Berks: Conrad Weiser High School
-- Blair: Hollidaysburg Community Partnership; Jack & George’s; C.W. Longer Elementary; Darden Restaurants of Altoona (Red Lobster); Darden Restaurants of Altoona (Olive Garden); Graystone Courts; Great Commission Schools; Tyrone Area School District; Hollidaysburg Area Junior High; Intermunicipal Relations Committee COG Member Municipal Buildings; General Cable; Giant Eagle Member Municipal Buildings
-- Bucks: Waste Management of Pennsylvania, The NIE; Doylestown Hospital
-- Cameron: Cameron County Woodland Elementary School
-- Carbon: Panther Valley Middle School Recycling Club
-- Centre: Centre Regional Recreation Authority; Ruth Evans-Fultz; Corl Street Elementary; State College Spikes; Elfrig Publishing/KNUTES; Envinity Inc; State College Area High School - Green Sierra Coalition; Heritage Innovations; Mount Nittany Middle School; Ferguson Township Elementary School; Otto's Pub and Brewery; School of Hospitality Management - Penn State; Girl Scout Troop 41147; The Centre County Grange Encampment & Fair; The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel; Bellefonte High School; Park Forest Elementary School; The Prom Attire Event; State College Friends School; Young Scholars of Central PA Charter School; The Art Alliance of Central Pennsylvania; Bellefonte Elementary School; Nittany Christian School; Houserville Elementary; The Coca-Cola Company; Columbia Gas of PA, Inc; The Borough of State College's Greening State College Program; The Borough of State College; Centre County Solid Waste Authority; Builders Association of Central PA; Wegmans State College; Swartz Fire & Safety Equipment; Wal-Mart Supercenter; Edible Arrangements; Easterly Parkway Elementary; Our Lady of Victory Church; Autoport Restaurant; Ponderosa Restaurant; Weis Market; Wingate Elementary; Benjamin's Catering; Gray's Woods Elementary School; Harris Township - Boalsburg Memorial Day Festival; Foxdale Village Retirement Community; Champs Sports Grill; Damon's Grill; Harrison's Wine Grill & Catering; Hi-Way Pizza; Luna 2 Woodgrill & Bar; Olde New York; Outback Steakhouse; Texas Roadhouse; T.G.I. Fridays; Webster's Bookstores Café
-- Clinton: Clinton County Solid Waste Authority
-- Columbia: Rieter Automotive; North Centre Township; Professor Nathaniel Greene / Bloomsburg University; Kawneer Company Inc.; Town of Bloomsburg
-- Columbia/Luzerne: Berwick Offray, LLC
-- Cumberland: Messiah College; Delaware; Concord Township; Ridley Park Borough; deckstool.com
-- Lackawanna: Lackawanna County Government Office of Environmental Sustainability; Riverside Elementary WEST; Moscow Borough
-- Lancaster: Township of Manheim; Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority
Lawrence: Shenango Township
-- Lehigh: City of Allentown, Bureau of Recycling & Solid Waste and Department of Parks and Recreation
-- Montgomery: Globus Medical, Inc; Abington Memorial Hospital; Holy Redeemer Hospital; Plymouth Township; Upper Merion Township; Douglass Township
-- Northampton: Just Born- Green Team
-- Northumberland: Weis Markets
-- Philadelphia: Temple University
-- Pike: Pike County Single-Stream Recycling
-- Schuylkill: Solar Innovations, Inc.
-- Union: Playworld Systems, Inc
-- Westmoreland: Westmoreland Cleanways; Delmont Lions Club; Central Westmoreland Habitat for Humanity Restore
-- York: Springettsbury Township; Carroll Citizens for Sensible Growth


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