Mayor Bryan K. Barnett Awarded Mayor of the Year

Rochester Hills Recognized for Innovative Recycling

On June 19, Mayor Bryan K. Barnett was presented with the “Mayor of the Year” at the 83rd Annual Conference of Mayors for his commitment to increasing Recycling in Rochester Hills.

“Mayor Barnett is a true Recyclebank champion. His leadership from day one has made the program one of the most successful in the nation,” said Javier Flaim, CEO of Recyclebank. “He optimized our partnership with Rochester Hills and rallied the community to recycle more. Mayor Barnett’s actions prove how public/private partnerships can work to improve the sustainability efforts of cities and towns.”

Mayor Bryan K. Barnett was the first to bring Recyclebank to Michigan in 2009 and has proactively engaged city residents through his hands-on approach, which included ensuring that Rochester Hills schools participated in the Recyclebank Green Schools program.

Over $25,000 has been awarded to ten Rochester Community Schools to implement projects ranging from outdoor learning centers and weather stations to garden boxes in support of Raising Rochester.

A champion of recycling efforts, Mayor Barnett has supported the Recyclebank program to help make it the Midwest’s leading municipal account and securing the highest percentage of overall members who redeem their Recyclebank rewards in the region. From April 2009 to April 2015, Rochester Hills has diverted more than 76 tons of materials from the landfill and residents have earned more than $15 million in rewards.

“Being named Mayor of the Year is a tremendous honor,  I am so proud at how we have changed the culture of recycling in Rochester Hills and grateful the nation is taking note,” states Mayor Bryan K. Barnett. “This innovative partnership with Recyclebank is one of the many reasons why Rochester Hills has been recognized as a top ten place to live in America.”

If not already a Recyclebank member, Rochester Hills residents can easily sign-up by visiting and following the quick prompts to set up an account and verify their home address.

Established in 1984, the City of Rochester Hills is a prosperous community offering residents and businesses superior services. Voted one of the Top 10 Best Places to Live by several sources including CNN Money magazine and, Rochester Hills is committed to sustaining its position among the nation’s preeminent places to live, work and raise a family. Through the city’s focus on health, education and technology, the community continues to attract forward-thinking leaders and businesses.

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