General Information and Guidelines

Proud of how little garbage you are throwing away thanks to the BizSMART commercial Recycle, Compost and Garbage collection services? We are too! That is why RethinkWaste, in collaboration with Recology San Mateo County, holds the annual BizSMART@Work Awards. The annual awards program recognizes businesses and multi-family complexes in the RethinkWaste service area that are leading the way to reduce waste and conserve resources.

2015 Awards Info:

Tell us how you reduced your waste in 2014! Nominations must be received by 5 pm on Friday, May 1, 2015. Winners will be selected by May 22, 2015 with a recognition event planned for late June 2015. Apply now!

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Award Categories

3 Categories: Recycling; Composting; and Rethinker’s Choice Awards for Recycling AND Composting (electronic voting cast by the general public.)

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Award Levels:

Gold – Meet 75%+ diversion
Silver – Meet 60-74% diversion
Honorable Mention – 50-59% diversion

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Eligibility

The BizSMART@Work Awards is open to any private or public business or multi-family complex (apartments, townhomes, condominiums) in the RethinkWaste service area that has either or both the BizSMART Recycle or Compost programs at their site serviced by Recology San Mateo County. All activities and efforts cited in the application must have occurred in the prior year.

The RethinkWaste service area consists of Atherton, Belmont, Burlingame, East Palo Alto, Foster City, Hillsborough, Menlo Park, Redwood City, San Carlos, City of San Mateo, County of San Mateo* and the West Bay Sanitary District. (*County of San Mateo areas included: Burlingame Hills, San Mateo Highlands and Baywood Park (Crystal Springs area), Harbor Industrial, Devonshire Canyon, Palomar Park, Oak Knoll, Kensington Square, Emerald Lake Hills, Sequoia Tract, Peninsula Golf Club, Trailer Ranchero and North Fair Oaks.)

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Instructions

Nominations must be submitted to , and must include the following:

  • Completed Nomination Form.
  • Company logo (JPEG preferred, or camera-ready artwork.)
  • Summary of recycling and/or composting efforts and activities. All activities cited must have occurred in the prior year.
  • Supporting materials (photographs, press clippings, brochures, posters, etc.) Photos must be submitted in high resolution (300 dpi) and relevant to the entry.

Summaries should include financial and environmental benefits (cost savings, number of participants, number of pounds or tons recycled or composted, etc.,) how long the program has been in place, and any other notable, innovative features or benefits. Applicants may work with Recology San Mateo County to compile their information.

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Judging

Judging will be conducted by representatives from RethinkWaste Member Agencies and staff, and Recology. All winners are asked to send a representative to the recognition event in June.

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Award Recipient Benefits

The winners will receive the following:

  • An Award presented by RethinkWaste at an Awards Recognition reception.
  • Recognition on RethinkWaste and Recology San Mateo County’s websites.
  • Recognition and promotion in RethinkWaste press releases, newspaper ads, social media sites, newsletters and other promotional materials.

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