CMRA Expands Awards Program

Hall of Fame and Member of the Year awards will be given at C&D World.

January 17, 2013
CDR Staff
Association Activities

The Construction Materials Recycling Association (CMRA) has developed two new categories of recognition for its awards program honoring the construction and demolition recycling industry, including a C&D Recycling Hall of Fame. The awards will be announced during C&D World, the association’s annual meeting April 20-23 in Tampa, Fla.

Also new to CMRA’s program is the Member of The Year Award, which will be bestowed on the association member who has done the most to advance the association’s agenda during the past year. In addition, the association will continue to honor the most important person in C&D recycling with its annual C&D Recycler of the Year Award.

“The establishment of a Hall of Fame provides a way to spotlight the pioneers and leaders in the C&D industry,” says John Adelman, current CMRA president and president and CEO of CPRC Group. “But our goal with all these awards is to recognize excellence within the C&D recycling industry. It always means more when the recognition comes from one’s peers.”

Below is a description of the various awards:

C&D Recycling Hall of Fame
This institution is to honor prominent leaders and pioneers in the construction and demolition recycling industry who have made an extraordinary contribution to the industry and have earned the respect of the industry. Additionally, the HoF aims to honor those who have made an extraordinary contribution to their community, both personally and professionally.

To recognize the achievements of those who have shown, by their example, the importance of promoting and defending the environmentally sound recycling of construction and demolition material through innovative processes, along with encouraging and supporting others to build a career in the construction and demolition recycling industry.

To recognize leadership in advocating for the environmentally sound practices with the regulating agencies and legislative bodies governing waste regulations.
Candidates for the Hall of Fame:

  • Must exemplify leadership defined as outstanding and enduring contributions to the success of the industry and to improving the processes, efficiencies and/or the human relations of the industry in an active capacity for a minimum of 10 years.
  • Business actions and personal behavior should demonstrate courageous thinking and actions as well as vision and innovation.
  • Candidates can come from the industry as an owner, operator or vendor.

Association Member of the Year

  • The Member of the Year will be selected based on extraordinary service to the mission of the organization and the C&D Recycling industry during the previous 12-month period.
  • Candidates must exemplify leadership; defined as outstanding and enduring contributions to the success of the CMRA and to lending quantifiable contributions to association.
  • They must either serve on a committee or the CMRA’s board of directors.

C&D Recycler of the Year
The Operator of the Year recognizes recycling operations in the construction and demolition recycling industry that have made an extraordinary contribution to the industry through the one or more of the following criteria:

  • Advancing business operations that result in increase recycling percentages;
  • Developing novel methods of marketing and conducting business;
  • Innovative practices in employer-employee relations;
  • Ensuring safer operations;
  • Protecting the environment; and
  • Developing industry standards

Nominations will be reviewed and winners determined by a CMRA committee. Entries are due by March 1, 2013, and can be sent via e-mail to For more information, contact the CMRA at 630-585-7530 or email