CHRISTY DIXON RECYCLER OF THE YEAR
Analiese Smith, Waukesha County Recycling Supervisor
The prestigious Christy Dixon Recycler of the Year Award was awarded to Analiese Smith, Workforce Development Board Director formerly the Waukesha County Recycling Supervisor and AROW President, located in Waukesha, WI. This recognition is given to an individual whose career demonstrates the highest professional standards. Analiese has been a leader in the waste and recycling industry for over 10 years.
Some of Analiese’s highlights over the years include; leading the development of a sustainable MRF fund, which includes a dividend payment to partner communities and a fee structure when needed; served as a major contributor to the development of the Waukesha County’s planning initiatives and executing various objectives; and identified a continuous improvement opportunity to partner/collaborate with others to develop and launch a new recycling app specifically designed to target recycling contamination.
Despite being incredibly busy with her ‘day job,’ Analiese has consistently made time for AROW. She has served in a leadership capacity as Committee Chair, Vice President and most recently, as President of AROW.
OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN WASTE REDUCTION AND RECYCLING: ORGANIZATION / BUSINESS
Waukesha County Recycling
The Outstanding Achievement in Waste Reduction and Recycling Award for an organization was awarded to Waukesha County Recycling. This recognition is given to an individual or group that has excelled in their recycling program.
The Waukesha County Recycling team created an innovative program designed to have a sustainable financial partnership that is built to share the benefits of good markets and disperse the impacts of less profitable markets. The new system also incentivizes the municipal partners to offer additional residential services and partner with the County on education and outreach which also promotes engagement.
OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN EDUCATION: ORGANIZATION
Pellitteri Waste Systems, Madison, WI
The Outstanding Achievement in Education Award was awarded to Pellitteri Waste Systems of Madison, WI. This award is given to an individual or group from the public, private, or non-profit sector that has excelled in solid waste or recycling environmental education.
Pellitteri is passionate about keeping Wisconsin’s recycling program strong and producing quality material. Pellitteri has accomplished this through their major education focus of educating customers and south central Wisconsin through 24 video shorts on recycling right topics like propane tanks, batteries, electronics, food contamination, etc.; producing Material Recovery Facility operation videos so residents can see first hand how materials get sorted at their facility; paid social media posts and ads; and calendars, cart information, new resident information, recycling information, FAQs and more for 38 municipalities and 44 private homeowner associations. Their commitment to a strong recycling program throughout Wisconsin is evident in their willingness to serve on industry groups and associations such as the Council on Recycling, National Waste and Recycling Association- WI Chapter, and the WI DNR Waste and Materials Management Study Group.
2023 Award Recipients
Christy Dixon Recycler of the Year:
An individual whose career demonstrates the highest professional standards in the recycling field (includes reuse and composting). Applicant may be from the public, private, or nonprofit sector.
NOTE: if a person has already received this award they are not eligible to receive the award a second time.
Outstanding Achievement in Education
An individual or group that has excelled in environmental education, specifically related to solid waste and recycling. Applicant may be from the public, private or nonprofit sector.
Outstanding Achievement in Recycling
An individual or group that has excelled with their recycling program. Applicant may be from the public, private or nonprofit sector.
Outstanding Achievement in Waste Reduction and Recycling - Student
An individual that has excelled with their overall activities, or a specific project, supporting waste reduction, sustainability, recycling, and/or organics management. Applicant must be a student of higher education or recent graduate.
Certificate of Recognition for Outstanding Achievement in Recycling – Youth Emerging Leader
A youth that has excelled with their overall activities, or a specific project, supporting waste reduction, sustainability, recycling, and/or organics management. Applicant must be a K-12 student.