The Erie County Department of Environment and Planning has announced that solid-waste recycling specialist Gary Carrel has been named the recipient of the 2018 Recycling Leadership Award in the public sector category by the New York State Association for Reduction, Reuse and Recycling, a statewide professional recycling association.
Carrel was recognized for his efforts in coordinating many successful waste reduction and environmental protection programs, including recovery of hundreds of tons of household hazardous waste and unwanted electronics, as well as innovative public education campaigns to increase the collection of textiles and clothing for reuse and recycling.
An Amherst resident, Carrel received the award at the NYSAR conference in Cooperstown, New York, in November.
“Gary is a terrific employee who is always looking for ways to improve our programs and for ways to better serve the community. He is an asset to our department and is truly deserving of this recognition,” said Thomas Hersey, Erie County commissioner of environment and planning.
In his role in the Department of Environment and Planning, Carrel has been at the forefront of programs such as Pollution Prevention through Art, the BYO Bag Coalition, the WNY Environmental Summit, and Party for the Planet as well as other departmental initiatives.