California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle)

Trash Cutter Awards


The Trash Cutters award program was the result of a partnership effort between the Board and its Local Government Technical Advisory Committee (LGTAC) to recognize the wide range of successful waste reduction and recycling programs that have been implemented since 1990. In selecting the winners, the Board and LGTAC sought to recognize programs that among other factors were cost-effective in terms of the cost for the amount of waste recycled; amount of residents participating; innovations in ideas or technologies; and usefulness to other jurisdictions evaluating whether similar programs would work for them. (See criteria.)

There are several award categories, some of which change from year to year. Case studies of the winning programs are available below, listed by category (see category descriptions), or may be accessed from pages listing the winners for each year.

All Winners by Category | 2001 Winners | 2000 Winners | 1999 Winners | 1998 Winners

Construction and Demolition Debris Management

Creative Partnerships


Organics Management


Public Information


Regional Waste Reduction

Rural Waste Reduction


Urban Waste Reduction

Waste Prevention

Last updated: January 1, 1997
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