Annual Awards

Each year, the District honors individuals, schools, businesses, and nonprofit organizations for their efforts to reduce waste and increase recycling throughout Hamilton County.

Congratulations to our 2018 Honorees:
(to view photos, click on the award name).

Best City Recycling Rate - City of Montgomery
Montgomery led all Hamilton County cities with a 24.8% recycling rate.

Best Township Recycling Rate - Columbia Township
Columbia Township had the highest recycling rate among townships at 16.9%.

Best Village Recycling Rate - Village of Evendale
The Village of Evendale residents recycle more than any other Hamilton County village at 30.1%. 

Most Improved Recycling Community - Village of Lincoln Heights 
Between 2016 and 2017, Lincoln Heights increased curbside and drop-off recycling by a whopping 886%!

Let's Stop Waste at Work Program of the Year - Santa Maria Community Services
This non-profit worked hard to create a culture and infrastructure for employees and clients to increase recycling while reducing contamination, both at their community centers and at home. 

Recycling Excellence in Community Property Management: Neyer Real Estate Management
Neyer provided recycling to its multiple office buildings and encouraged their tenants to recycle. The tenants responded by stating that Neyer's provided recycling service was an important and beneficial service. 

Industrial Recycling Award: Cincinnati Paperboard
Cincinnati Paperboard processes 350 tons of paper per day, resulting in 300 tones of newly recycled paperboard. 

Excellence in Public Recycling - Cincinnati Recreation Commission Golf Courses
By implementing recycling at its six public golf courses, CRC recycled nearly 19 tons of material from mid-June to December 2017.

Best Multi-family Recycling - The American Building
Within the first several weeks of introducing a recycling program to its residents, 40% signed the recycling pledge and requested bins.

Outstanding School Waste Reduction Program - Saint Ursula Academy
Students and faculty diverted 3,800 pounds of materials from the landfill by providing more recycling containers and replacing tableware and tablecloths with permanent, reusable ones.

Outstanding Recycling Educator - Sharon Greene, Winton Woods City Schools
Sharon Greene is a recycling champion who teaches students that recyclables are valuable commodities. As a result, her students have recycled 40,000 aluminum cans. 

Youth Save the Food Award - St. Ignatius School Food Rescue Squad
These ambitious students rescued 2,900 meals last school year.

Save the Food Award - Our Daily Bread Soup Kitchen & Social Center
This non-profit has rescued 200,000 pounds of reusable food, allowing them to serve 96,157 nutritious meals to those in need. 

Bar Recycling Excellence Award - rhinehaus OTR
By making recycling part of its business plan, rhinehause OTR went from a 5% recycling rate in 2013 to 90% in 2018. 

Excellence in Reuse - Scrap It Up
This non-profit, creative reuse center has diverted 12 tons of material from the landfill in just 15 months.

Sustainability Award - Green Umbrella
In 2018, Green Umbrella celebrated its 20th anniversary, growing to serve 10 counties while empowering 200 organizations to work together towards common environmental goals and shared measurements. 

Recycling Communicator 
- Jennifer Ballard, City of Cincinnati
Jennifer humanizes the issues of recycling and sustainability through creative and engaging social media and by serving as the coordinator of the Mayor's Recycling Challenge.

Partnership Award - Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District
The Conservation District has led a collaboration of solid waste and water conservation districts throughout Greater Cincinnati to educate residents about proper and safe disposal of household chemicals. 

Lifetime Achievement in Sustainability - Paul Braasch, Adams Clermont Solid Waste District
Paul has been an incredible environmental leader in Greater Cincinnati for more than three decades. His accomplishments include the creation of Adams Brown Recycling, Ohio's largest non-profit recycler. He was instrumental in the development of solid waste plans in 11 Ohio counties. While serving as the Solid Waste Director for Adams and Clermont counties, he gained curbside recycling for Monroe, Ohio, and Batavia townships. 
Paul has made a career of developing partnerships and fostering cooperation to make the environment more sustainable. He has championed regional cooperation across political boundaries with both public and provide interests.