2022 Zero Waste Awards
Nominations Open Now!

Every year the Utah Recycling Alliance hosts the Zero Waste Awards to celebrate the zero waste efforts being made by Utah businesses, government, educational institutions, and local organizations. This event is focused on recognizing the leaders in our community that are catalysts for a better Utah- a Utah without waste!

Nominations are open now! Please review our award categories below and nominate a business you  know and love to be celebrated at this year’s event!

ZERO WASTE OR PRETTY DARN CLOSE: Your organization or business has achieved a 90% or higher diversion rate. Please provide clear documentation.

ZERO TO ZERO: Your organization or business has made the most progress over the last year in reducing waste. For example, if you had no recycling program in place and have since started an exemplary recycling program, this award could be for you. Provide us the details about your new program or project and what you have achieved (We don’t expect you to be at Zero Waste but moving in that direction.)

INNOVATIVE PATH TO ZERO: The organization or business which is actively moving towards zero waste, and has taken an innovative approach in repurposing materials, or has uncovered unique end-users for a particular waste stream.

A LOOK BACK AT OUR 2019 AWARDS

ZERO TO ZERO: ADOBE

About the Award: This Award recognizes the organization or business that has made the most progress over the last year in reducing waste. 

Selected Because of: 

  • Diverting all organic waste to an anaerobic digester
  • A new office building will have solar panels producing about 40% of its energy needs
  • Conducting waste audits to assess diversion rates and identify areas for improvement
  • Ongoing information sessions with the entire employee base to clarify what can be recycled or digested, and what can’t
  • Set a goal to exceed a 90% diversion rate soon!

CONGRATULATIONS, ADOBE! KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK!

INNOVATIVE PATH TO ZERO: KIITOS BREWING

About the Award: This Award recognizes the organization or business that is actively moving towards zero waste and has taken an innovative approach in its waste diversion efforts.

Selected Because of: 

  • Brewing on a High Efficiency Brewing System that uses less water and energy
  • Donate spent grain to farmers for animal feed and fertilizer
  • Repurposing waste products through art
  • Switching all in-house cases to re-usable plastic trays instead of cardboard
  • Setting up a compost system for the small amount of food waste from the tavern

CHEERS TO YOU, KIITOS! 

INNOVATIVE PATH TO ZERO HONORABLE MENTION: ANIMALIA

Their Noteworthy Efforts:

  • Sells items in bulk to help others live a more sustainable, healthy, and waste free lifestyle
  • All of the packaging in her shop can be recycled or composted with ease
  • Offers the buckets from cleaning solutions for free to the public to start vermicompost bins or reuse for other projects
  • Free gift wrap station with packaging the shop saves all year
  • Public workshops on the importance of limiting waste
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ZERO WASTE OR PRETTY DARN CLOSE: HELLO!BULK MARKETS

About the Award:Recognizes the organization or business that has achieved a 90% or higher diversion rate.

Selected Because of: 

  • Taking the time to separate materials
  • Seeking out community partners with similar values
  • Selecting suppliers who create less packaging
  • BUY LOCAL so things are delivered through a bin rotation system
  • Sourcing products in drums, avoiding the use of 55 one gallon containers with each drum
  • Find homes and reuse opportunities for those drums

CONGRATULATIONS, HELLO!BULK MARKETS! YOU INSPIRE US!

Thank you to everyone who made the 2019 Zero Waste Awards so great, we are so inspired by your efforts!

2019 Feature Film Selection

About the Film
Salvage is a feature-length documentary about the city dump in Yellowknife, Canada. In Yellowknife, the remote capitol of the Northwest Territories, the town dump is the city’s most popular and notorious manmade attraction, mined by a colorful community of thrifty locals. But the new city administration is determined to see it tamed, and the battle for Yellowknife’s identity is on. www.salvagemovie.com

Thank You to Our 2019 Sponsors!