Local First Arizona Wins Award From Arizona Recycling Coalition

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It may be under the radar to some, but Arizona is taking some big steps forward in making the state a more environmentally friendly place to live. From cities to businesses to schools to individuals, there are many putting their desire for a more sustainable state into action. The Arizona Recycling Coalition, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting waste reuse, reduction and recycling throughout Arizona, recently recognized those making an impact at their annual conference in Phoenix. Award winners are determined by vote of the Arizona Recycling Coalition board members and this year's recipients are:

·         Business of the Year:  Steptoe & Johnson Law Firm

·         Municipality of the Year: Flagstaff

·         Lifetime Achievement Award: David Hertzberg

·         Nonprofit Recycling Representative of the Year: Local First Arizona

·         Advocate of the Year: Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton

·         School of the Year: Sunset Hills Elementary School

Local First Arizona is thrilled to be presented with the award for Nonprofit Representative of the Year.  This honor recognizes the work LFA is doing to promote reducing, reusing and recycling. Examples include adding recycling and composting to LFA events, replacing free water bottles with refillable water stations at the Arizona Fall Festival, creating a toolkit to help local event organizers add waste mitigation plans to their events, collecting electronic waste at mixers to be recycled and helping businesses improve their waste footprint by educating and connecting them to resources. The Local First Arizona team has also implemented many positive changes in the office, including recycling and composting, collecting soft plastics to recycle, providing reusable “unpaper” towels for hand drying, providing reusable cutlery and mugs, donating items no longer wanted to local reuse facilities and moving from plastic water bottles to refillable.

Thanks to David Hertzberg, Recycled City, UA Compost Cats, eGreen IT Solutions, RecycleBank, Natural Linens, Refresh Glass and the many amazing interns and volunteers who help LFA move the needle forward on this important work!