Press Release

March 2, 2000
Tony Iallonardo/Paulo Heyman
Phone: (202) 293-7330

Mayors to Name Winners of Recycling at Work Campaign

Washington, D.C. -- The 7th Annual Recycling At Work Awards honor the companies, organizations, universities, individuals, local, state, and federal government entities whose leadership makes recycling successful. Recycling At Work, a Campaign of the National Office Paper Recycling Project, is a collaborative effort of leaders in the public and private sector to establish an office-recycling ethic in America. A ceremony honoring the winners will be held in conjunction with the Municipal Waste Management Association (MWMA) Annual Meeting. The event will be on March 13th, 2000, at 6 p.m. at The Westin Grand Hotel in Washington, D.C.

Managed under the auspices of The U.S. Conference of Mayors, this unique public/private partnership has enjoyed the full support of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and strives to maximize recycling and minimize solid waste. Mayors actively participate in this partnership in an effort to reduce some of the millions of tons of waste sent to their increasingly crowded landfills and to preserve natural resources by using products made with recycled materials.

The two top awards are the Direct Marketing Association (DMA) Robert Rodale Awards. DMA established the annual Robert Rodale Environmental Leadership Awards competition in 1991 to recognize environmental leadership. These awards honor the memory and spirit of the Rodale Press’ long-time chairman and chief executive officer, the late Robert David Rodale. The two top awards, Recycler of the Year and Environmental Mailer of the Year, include a $5,000 cash award, funded by the Rodale Press, to be donated in the names of the winners to an environmental cause of their choice.

On March 13, The U. S. Conference of Mayors and its affiliate, MWMA, will release a "Best Practices Guide" detailing the success stories of the winners at the awards ceremony. The guide shares the case studies of these award-winning programs and provides a road map for other cities to replicate them. Embargoed copies can be obtained by contacting the Conference press office.

In announcing the ceremony, Conference Executive Director J. Thomas Cochran said, "The Awards Program for the Recycling at Work Campaign recognizes pioneers who have fulfilled a commitment to improving the environment in their communities. The winners of the award have provided us the roadmap, and made it easier for others to succeed."

The award winners were selected from over 30 submissions received by the program's judges, Fran McPoland, Federal Environmental Executive, Richard Keller, Chief of Recycling at Maryland Environmental Service, and Edgar Miller, Director of Policy and Programs at the National Recycling Coalition.

The awards are sponsored by:

  • Boise Cascade Corporation
  • The Direct Marketing Association
  • Fort James Corporation
  • Hewlett-Packard Company
  • Lexmark International, Inc.
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • U.S. Postal Service
  • Waste Management, Inc.
  • Weyerhaeuser Company

The United States Conference of Mayors is the official nonpartisan organization of cities with populations of 30,000 or more. There are about 1,100 such cities in the country today. Each city is represented in the Conference by its chief elected official, the Mayor.