Tri-County Environmental Leadership Awards

Mid-Michigan residents, businesses, governments, public institutions and non-profit organizations all have one thing in common, they all produce waste. What is uncommon about this common activity, however, are the extraordinary measures some have taken to reduce the amount of waste they generate and dispose of into landfills. To recognize and support these exemplary behaviors in Mid-Michigan, local recycling coordinators have established this regional award.

Those eligible include:
  • Businesses (any size)
  • Non-profit organizations/churches
  • Education institutions (college, university, public/private/charter school)
  • Government agencies (office or department)
Applicants will be evaluated on the following criteria:
  • Efforts to reduce, reuse, and recycle
  • Efforts to educate about recycling and waste reduction issues
  • Efforts to purchase materials made from recycled content
Tri-County Environmental Leadership Award
Tri-County Environmental Leadership Awards Mission Statement
The Tri-County Environmental Leadership Awards (TCELA - formerly Waste Reduction Awards Program) is sponsored by a committee of local Waste Reduction professionals. The mission of TCELA is to publicly acknowledge residents, businesses, governments, educational institutions and non-profit organizations in Ingham, Eaton and Clinton Counties that have exemplary waste reduction and recycling practices and encourage others in the community to increase their efforts to reduce, reuse and recycle.

TCELA History
The TCELA program began in 2002, by recycling professionals in Ingham, Eaton and Clinton Counties in an effort to recognize those who go above and beyond and to help promote recycling and waste reduction to the community at large.

The Tri-County Environmental Leadership Awards (TCELA) is coordinated by the following organizations:
  • Clinton County Department of Waste Management
  • Eaton County Resource Recovery
  • City of Lansing, Capital Area Recycling & Trash
  • City of East Lansing, Department of Public Works
  • Charter Township of Delta
  • Charter Township of Meridian
  • Granger Recycling Center
  • Greater Lansing Clean Cities
  • LIVE Green Lansing
  • Mid-Michigan Environmental Action Council
  • Michigan Energy Options
  • MSU Surplus Store & Recycling Center