Joan Cudworth receives environmental stewardship award

Courtesy photo Ray Dube, left, of New Hampshire the Beautiful, Inc. presents Joan Cudworth, of Hollis, with the 2017 Environmental Stewardship Award.

EPSOM – New Hampshire the Beautiful presented Hollis resident Joan Cudworth, manager of the town’s transfer station, with the fourth annual Environmental Stewardship Award on May 23, in Manchester, at the Northeast Resource Recovery Association annual conference and expo.

The award recognizes a dedicated transfer facility professional, who goes above and beyond their facility recycling responsibilities and engages their entire community in better recycling for a better future.

“No one better epitomizes the dedication and commitment to future generations of recyclers than Joan,” said John Dumais, of New Hampshire the Beautiful.

Joan has worked for Hollis since March 2002. As transfer station manager, Joan is in constant touch with the residents as they bring their recyclables to her facility. She sets the bar high and ships high quality material to market bringing in hard-earned revenues to the town. Joan diligently applies and receives grants from New Hampshire the Beautiful to stretch the town’s dollar in purchasing equipment. But this is only the beginning of her dedication to recycling and her far-reaching work ethic.

Joan recommended that the Hollis Brookline Middle School sign up with the NRRA School Recycling Club and they did! Joan has been involved with the community greenhouse at the middle school. She also works with the high school in the Life Skills Transitional Program, where one of the focuses is composting. She would like to see food composting at her facility in the future, as well.

As an active NRRA member who truly believes in the concept of “member helping member,” Joan has participated in site visits to other NRRA facilities. In November 2016, Joan was nominated and voted to the NRRA Board of Trustees. In addition, as of February, she is also chairing the monthly “MOM” meetings at NRRA.

– Submitted by Northeast Resource Recovery Association