Annual MassRecycle Awards

MassRecycle is soliciting nominations for the 28th Annual Awards that recognize outstanding achievements in and contributions towards recycling, reuse, and waste reduction in Massachusetts. The 2023 awards will be presented at the Fall Social on September 27th, 5-8PM at Hynes Convention Center in Boston. Fall Social will be held in Room 306 on the Third Level.

Congratulations to the winners of the 2023 MassRecycle Awards!

  • Individual: John Pitroff, Founder of Second Chance Composting
  • Municipal: Nancy Irwin, Manager of The Medfield Transfer Station Committee Swap Area
  • Small Transfer Station: Michael Mallet, Manager of the Town of Athol Recycling Center
  • Institution: The Springfield MRF Advisory Board
  • Business: Helpsy
  • Public Servant: Susan Cascino, Recycling Manager for the City of Boston

Lifetime Achievement: Latest positions of awardees are listed, however, we salute their exceptional lifelong contributions.

  • Tessa David Director at MassToss and Devens Regional Household Hazardous Products Collection Center Cooperatives
  • Ruth Davis Manager for Recycling and Materials Management at Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Jim Nocella Director of Public Sector Solutions at Waste Management
  • Brooke Nash Branch Chief at MA Department of Environmental Protection
  • Johnny Gold President of The Gold Group Recovery and Recycling

To learn about the 2023 Runners-Up, Click Here. 

See a list of all previous winners by clicking here.

How to Apply

Online Nomination Instructions & Application Printable Nomination Instructions & Application

Nomination applications are due by August 1, 2023.

Award Categories

  • Individual – Presented to an individual who deserves special recognition for contributing to recycling, reuse and/or waste reduction in Massachusetts through leadership, sharing knowledge with others, or other avenues.
  • Municipal – Presented to a municipality that has developed an outstanding municipal recycling program. Recycling Dividends Program metrics encouraged. Innovation, leadership and/or overcoming political obstacles highly weighted.
  • Transfer Station open 3 days/week or less – Presented to a municipality that has a transfer station that is only open 3 days per week or less, and has developed an outstanding recycling program, maximized diversion, or implemented creative solutions to address their community’s unique challenges. Innovation, leadership and/or overcoming challenges highly weighted.
  • Institution/University – Presented to an employee, student, educational, healthcare, government, nonprofit, or other organization or facility that has developed and is operating an outstanding recycling, reuse, and/or waste reduction program.
  • Business – Presented to a traditional business that has developed and operates an outstanding recycling/waste reduction program that increases recycling and/or reduces waste generated by their business.
  • Public Servant – Presented to a politician or government official that has demonstrated great leadership in pushing forward waste reduction, reuse and recycling in the Commonwealth through implementation of innovative programs or legislation.

Thank you to our 2023 Fall Social/Awards Celebration Sponsors!