Pennsylvania Recycling Stewardship Award
Sponsored by PROP, in honor of Dan Weisenbach

The Pennsylvania Recycling Stewardship Award is awarded yearly in honor of one of the country's truest, innovative leaders in environmental awareness and recycled products, and a dear friend to many within the PROP organization, Dan Weisenbach. Dan's commitment to recycling, ready laugh, and sense of wonder were admired by all. We are so proud to be able to carry on Dan's legacy and honor his memory with this award.

2024 Award Application Instructions2024 Award Application

We will be accepting nominations between January 15th, and May 31st, 2024

Entries will be reviewed by the committee starting - June 1, 2024


Pennsylvania Recycling Stewardship Award Hall of Fame 

2023 | Todd Pejack

2022 | Town of Bloomsburg

2021 | Ellen Keefe

2020 | Walter Davenport

2019 | Abington Township 

2018 | Temple University


1.     AWARD Information

The Pennsylvania Recycling Stewardship Award is awarded yearly in honor of one of the country’s truest, innovative leaders in environmental awareness and recycled products Dan Weisenbach.  Beginning with Weisenbach Recycled Products, which Dan began with his parents in 1981 at the ripe age of 19, he was a tireless leader not only in Pennsylvania and Ohio but all over the country.  His commitment to recycling, ready laugh, and sense of wonder were admired by all. 

 2.     Get Recognized, Get Inspired!

Become a part of an elite statewide network of trendsetters in the fields of recycling, composting, and sustainability.

Benefits of receiving an award include visibility as a sector leader and furthering PROP’S mission through education, networking, and marketing opportunities. For additional information, contact [email protected] or call 717-441-6049

The winner will be featured in the conference booklet and on the PROP website and will be given a press release suitable for placement in their local community and various industry publications.


Award-winning projects or initiatives can include but are not limited to:

  • Implementing innovative approaches and technologies
  • Advancing sustainable practices and generating economic growth
  • Harnessing the power of unique partnerships
  • Achieving extraordinary outcomes
  • Establishing effective residential or business education
  • Display exceptional leadership
  • Inspiring others to undertake like-minded projects

Award Examples (applications can fit into these areas, but do not need to)

Outstanding Media Coverage An individual or media outlet that in the last year (January 1 – December 31, 2023) has worked to cover recycling stories and/or promote recycling programs through community outreach. Who was the audience for the story and how was it distributed?  What was the impact? Did the media coverage or program result in additional coverage throughout the year? A personal photo and a link to an actual article or video clip should also be submitted.
Outstanding Legislative Leadership An elected official at any governmental level whose actions in office have significantly contributed to recycling and reducing waste during the past year (January 1 – December 31, 2023). What did this individual accomplish that distinguishes them? A personal photo and a link to any articles or video clips would be helpful.
Outstanding Outreach – Educational Institution An educational institution (college, university, public/private school, school district, PTA, etc.) that maximizes its educational and outreach opportunities to influence recycling and waste reduction.  Photos, articles, and educational examples would be helpful.
Outstanding Outreach –Municipality (City, County, or State) or Nonprofit A municipal entity (city, county, or state government) or nonprofit organization that influences recycling and waste reduction, intangible methods through creative outreach, and educational campaigns.
Outstanding Business Recycling/Diversion Program A company or organization whose work and/or innovation has furthered and expanded recycling. The business’s primary function can be recycling, organics, and electronics programs.
Outstanding Government or Nonprofit Recycling /Diversion Program A public agency or nonprofit organization that leads by example, creates programs that effectively increase recycling and waste diversion. Organics and electronics programs would qualify.

Special or Unique Achievement

This encompasses a broad spectrum of areas and includes such person(s) or entities who have created an enduring legacy through their inspirational leadership, exceptional volunteerism, innovative practices, public/private partnerships, core values, and significant contributions. Include what this individual or entity did that distinguishes them and why it was above and beyond the normal scope of their duties. Include any supporting documentation or pictures that would demonstrate the special or unique aspects of the achievement.



  • During the application process, you will be asked to provide the following information.
  • Applicant Information: Name, company, street address, city, state, and zip, e-mail address, and phone number
  • Narrative
  • Download the application instructions for reference. 


Please submit your application by email as follows:

  • Download the application here.
  • Fill in the application, save it and send a copy to: [email protected]
  • Please make sure you put “PA Recycling Stewardship Award” in the subject line of the email. 
  • You will receive an email confirmation within 3 business days when we receive your application.

 6.     PHOTOS

Keep in mind that photos help tell your story.  Please do not forget to attach your photos to your email submission.


All applications and accompanying documentation and photos must be received by PROP no later than May 31, 2024.

 8.     QUESTIONS?

If you have questions or are unable to submit your nomination email, please send an email to [email protected] or call the PROP office at 717-441-6049


The 2024 Award Winner will be notified on or about June 21, 2024, and will be celebrated during the PROP 2024 Conference in Bethlehem PA.

Pennsylvania Recycling Stewardship Award
Professional Recyclers of Pennsylvania

908 North 2nd Street
Harrisburg, PA 17102

Phone: 717-441-6049 | Fax: 717-236-2046

[email protected]