Local coordinator named Recycler of the Year by NYSAR3

COOPERSTOWN – Dianne Woske, recycling coordinator at the Fulton County Department of Solid Waste in Johnstown, was named 2013 Recycler of the Year by the New York State Association for Reduction, Reuse and Recycling at the annual New York State Recycling Conference in Cooperstown last month.

NYSAR3, the state-wide professional recyclers’ association, annually awards outstanding New York recyclers for their dedication, innovation and passion, a news release said.

Also at the conference Jim Gilbert, retired secondary materials marketing specialist with Empire State Development’s Environmental Services Unit, was given a Lifetime Achievement Award; grant presentations were announced for College Council members; and special recognition was given to the 2014 New York Recycles Calendar poster contest winners from grades K-12.

Woske, who has represented Region 5 (the Adirondacks) on the NYSAR3 Board for 12 years, has also served as secretary, vice president and president of the group.

She is the long-time newsletter editor and serves on several committees, including conference planning and media, the news release said.

In her position as Fulton County Recycling Coordinator, Woske oversees a county-wide recycling and education program and has helped develop several programs, including the latex paint exchange, HHW event, electronics recycling, “Borrow A Bin,” and the introduction of new materials into the recycling program. Woske was described as “not having the word ‘no’ in her vocabulary, always willing to step up and assist above and beyond and doing it with a little laugh and a big smile,” the release said.

The Lifetime Achievement Award went to Jim Gilbert, retired secondary materials marketing specialist with Empire State Development’s Environmental Services Unit.

“From e-waste to organics composting, recycling continues to challenge professionals working to make a positive impact in opening up more opportunities to divert materials discarded by New Yorkers from disposal,” NYSAR3 President Dave Lupinski said at the conference. “It is important to recognize dedicated people like Dianne Woske and Jim Gilbert, who tirelessly and selflessly promote our mission.”