Awards and Recognition
October 16, 2013 - MCMUA receives 2013 Educational Program Award from NJDEP
Morris County Municipal Utilities Authority (MCMUA) Receives the 2013 Educational Program Award From the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) At the 33rd Annual Recycling Symposium & Luncheon sponsored by the Association of New Jersey Recyclers on October 16, 2013, the MCMUA received the 2013 Educational Program Award from the NJDEP. The award was given for the 25 recycling awards dinners hosted by the MCMUA, the first having occurred in 1988. The purpose of the dinners was to honor individuals, businesses, municipalities, social and civic organizations, schools, houses of worship, and others who have been exceptionally involved in projects involving waste prevention, reuse, recycling, composting, and litter abatement. In the photo above, Penny Jones, Morris County recycling education specialist, accepts the award from Guy Watson, chief of the NJDEP Bureau of Recycling & Planning.
May 23, 2013 - Litter Cleanup Award was presented to the MCMUA's Fred Wilson
Fred Wilson, Operations Manager of the Morris County Municipal Utilities Authority's curbside recycling department, was presented an award by the New Jersey Clean Communities Council at their annual awards banquet in Jersey City. In addition to supervising the day-to-day operations of the MCMUA curbside recycling collection program, Fred also oversees road cleanups along county roadways and is directly responsible for having 93 miles of roads cleaned over the last 14 months. The MCMUA is proud of Fred’s accomplishments and we congratulate him on a job very well done!
April 17, 2013 - 25th Annual Recycling Awards Dinner - Food For Thought: the Past, the Present, and
the Future of Recycling - Awards include:
- First Prize For A Second Chance Award – Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation, East Hanover
- Cleanup Superstar Award – Pastor Sidney Williams, Bethel A.M.E. Church, Morristown
- McRex (Morris County Recycling Excellence) Award – Michael Petonak, Boonton
- Extra, Extra! Read All About It Award – Michael Daigle, Lawrence Ragonese, and Fred Snowflack
- It’s S’cool To Be Green! Award – Mendham Township Elementary School, Mendham Township
- A+ For A Cleaner Mount Arlington Award – Mount Arlington Public School, Mount Arlington
- Take One: Action! Award – Chatham Township Environmental Commission, Chatham Township
- Composting’s A Blast! Go, Rocket! Award – School District of the Chathams, Chatham Borough and Chatham Township
- Presentation of the Maraziti, Falcon & Healey Environmental Excellence Scholarship – Nayna Shah, Morristown High School, Morristown
The Hy Nadel Creativity Award - Theodore Largman, Ph.D.
4, 2011 - 24rd Annual Recycling Awards Dinner - Recycling - It's In the Cards - Awards include:
- The Mandator Award – Stephanie Gorman
- Litter Bugs Me! Award – Dennis Kearns
- Slice of Recycling Award – Shari Mendelson
- Producer Responsibility Award – David Thompson
- Teaching By Example Award – Phil Infantolino
- Recycling – It’s in the Card Catalogue Award Parsippany-Troy Hills Library, Main Branch
- Presentation of the Maraziti, Falcon & Healey Environmental Excellence Scholarship to Nicole Gomez
- RXcycling Award – Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
- Doing It Right – Jumbo Size Award – Wharton Costco
- Recycling – One Can Award ReCommunity Recycling, Inc.
- The Hy Nadel Creativity Award – Lois Mettler and Caroll Saks
5, 2010 - 23rd Annual Recycling Awards Dinner - Recycling - A
Metamorphosis - Awards
- Individuals Who Have Made A
- Brown, The New Green Award – Jeff Brown, Thomas Jefferson School, Morris School District
- Sealing The Lid On Waste Award – Bruce Gerritson, Hishi Plastics, Lincoln Park
- Emerging From The Chrysalis Award – Kevin Mackey and Tom Piorkowski, Lincoln Park
- Making Recycling Everyone’s Business Award – Greg Pavlic, Parsippany
- Rags Into Riches Award – Harrison Richlin, Mount Olive High School
- Education Awards
- Recycling, Like Honey, Is Sweet Award – Dennis B. O’Brien School, Rockaway Township School District
- Turning Aluminum Into Bronze Award –
Hanover Township Girl
Scout Troop 419
- Welcome Home, Native Bird Species! Award – Morris County School of Technology, Denville
- Business Awards
- The Best Choice Award – Ag Choice, Andover
- If It’s Rechargeable, It’s Recyclable Award – Rechargeable Battery Corporation
- Green To The Last Drop Award – Rockline Industries, Montville
- Municipal Award
- A Step Ahead Award – Town of Morristown
- Special Recognition
- Presentation of the MCMUA Resolution Recognizing Herman (“Hy”) Nadel, Slide Show Featuring 18 Awards Dinner Sheet Cakes Baked and Decorated by Hy, and Announcement Regarding the Hy Nadel Creativity Award
- Thinking Outside The Box Award – Michael Albert, Artist
- Freeholder Liaison Par Excellence
Award – Jack J. Schrier
- Individuals Who Have Made A Difference Awards
GE-Aviation Systems, LLC, Hanover Township; Building for a “Greener” Tomorrow Award– Homeless Solutions, Inc., Morristown. In addition the dinner commemorated Seven “Stars” who have retired from or moved on from the municipal recycling arena within the past five years:Barbara Bate, Chatham Borough; Hal Bermingham, Morris Plains; Joe Giordano, Morris Township; Jasmine Lim, Parsippany-Troy Hills and Montville; Joe Lowell, Denville; Penny Newell, Mendham Township; Gino Recksiek, Jefferson.
Litter clinging to her sweater, Liz Sweedy, Morris County Clean
Communities Coordinator, visits a classroom to tell the students
why they shouldn't litter. She reads the book The Wartville Wizard
and shows slides from the book. She introduces them to her puppets
and tells them about storm drains and how litter travels through
them and how plastic wrap looks like a jellyfish in the water and
is eaten by fish. Liz Sweedy has given 45 of these small classroom
presentations this spring to over 900 elementary school students.
In addition, she contracts with several educational presenters who
also educate in the Morris County schools, usually in an assembly
type format to all ages of students.
October 15, 2003 - The Association of New Jersey Recyclers (ANJR) bestowed the 2003 REX (Recycling Excellence) Award on Morris County District Recycling Coordinator Kathleen Hourihan at “Drive Home Recycling,” the 23rd Annual Recycling Symposium and Luncheon. Sponsors of “Drive Home Recycling” were ANJR; the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, Division of Solid and Hazardous Waste, and; the New Jersey Recycling Forum.
The REX Award has been presented annually since 1994 to an active ANJR member who is well-versed on the issues of recycling and solid waste and who promotes ANJR goals through action and advocacy.
A 1990 honors graduate of Cook College in New Brunswick, New Jersey, Kathleen holds a B.S. degree in environmental science. In November 1993 she completed the first New Jersey Recycling Certification Series program offered by the Cook College Office of Continuing Professional Education.
In June 1993 Kathleen began working at the Morris County Municipal Utilities Authority (MCMUA) as an assistant recycling specialist, and in August 1998 she became the Morris County district recycling coordinator.
For several years she has served on the ANJR Board of Directors where she has been involved in several projects including overseeing the publishing of Beyond the Curb…, the ANJR newsletter.
Kathleen, a Morris Plains resident and a member of the Morris Plains Recycling Committee, is also a Morris Habitat for Humanity volunteer who served on its board for six years. As a Habitat Board member, she was secretary of the board and then chair of the public relations council. During summer 2003 she spent a week in Anniston, Alabama, working on construction projects. Former President Jimmy Carter, who was also volunteering at the Anniston project, was photographed with Kathleen.
“Kathleen is very patient during ANJR Board meetings,” said Cumberland County Recycling Coordinator Dennis DeMatte, who presented the REX Award to her. “She waits until nearly the end of meetings to ask detailed questions.”
“She’s a first when it comes to being passionate about waste prevention and recycling,” Dennis added.Joining Kathleen at the awards ceremony were several of her MCMUA colleagues, as well as MCMUA Chairman James Barry, and Kathleen’s parents, Bernadette and Joseph Hourihan of Cedar Grove, New Jersey.
Morris County's comprehensive recycling program is one of the most successful in the Country. It has achieved the New Jersey's 50% municipal recycling goal as well as its 60% overall recycling goal. In addition, the Morris County's recycling program reaches into the business community and also handles non-traditional recyclables such as fluorescent light bulbs, ballasts, batteries and more. While individual staff members have received awards in the past, the MCMUA is especially honored to receive this prestigious state-wide county recycling program award.