The Berkley Environmental Advisory Committee is seeking Recycler of the Year nominations and there's still time to recognize someone for their efforts to reduce waste and inspire others to follow suit.
The award serves as a thank you of sorts for ardent recyclers, but also has the potential added benefit of increasing the rate of recycling in Berkley.
"Recycling in Berkley drives down city solid waste costs and increases revenue to the city from the purchase of recycled materials," a Berkley Environmental Advisory Committee press release reads. "A strong recycling program helps maintain a lower tax rate."
Nominees can be businesses – last year, for example, won – or individuals of any age.
"If you have a neighbor or family member who's especially good at recycling, we've had winners who were 4 years old up to 84 years old," City Councilwoman Lisa Platt Auensen said.
Nomination forms (see attached PDF) are due by Oct. 31 and should be mailed to Berkley Environmental Advisory Committee, c/o DPW, 3338 Bacon St., Berkley, MI 48072 or emailed to email@example.com.
Berkley is one of 12 member communities that comprise the Southeastern Oakland County Resource Recovery Authority, which recycles 13,000 tons of paper, plastic, metal and glass each year from curbside recycling programs, according to the Berkley Environmental Advisory Committee release. .