The Monroe County Municipal Waste Management Authority recognized community leaders in honor of America Recycles Day, presenting them with certificates of excellence in recycling at the latest monthly board of directors meeting.

Honorees include Rose Jeffrey of Saylorsburg, Don Miller of the Pocono Heritage Land Trust, Karen Owens, Principal of Stroudsburg Middle School, Trish Tiernan, East Stroudsburg High School Teacher and the Township of Coolbaugh have stood out among us in their efforts to protect the environment, preserve landfill space and have demonstrated strong leadership skills.

"The Waste Authority wants to recognize their tremendous efforts on America Recycles Day," said Chairman Lester Weinman.

"It is a great way to recognize those in our community who have taken recycling to a higher level of excellence," said Executive Director, Jim Lambert. "And what better day to honor them than on America Recycles Day."

Rose Jeffrey was honored for her excellence in electronics recycling having traveled six times in the past year to have her electronics recycled responsibly since the beginning of the electronics recycling program in July 2010, paying the required fee each time to recycle the electronic products.

She found a telephone number on her trash bill and the connection was made, she says, with her driving the distance from her Saylorsburg home to the collection center in Blakeslee.

"They helped me unload," adds Jeffrey, who pledges to continue to make those trips "whenever I get materials" since she doesn't want to just throw those articles away.

Since she made that connection and paid for her electronic items' disposal, electronic recycling has been changed and the Waste Authority no longer has to charge the public.

Miller was honored for his cleanup of Yankee Run; Owens for her excellence in implementing a schoolwide recycling program; Jim Frutchey and Coolbaugh Township were recognized for their outstanding efforts in municipal recycling going above and beyond all municipalities.

In addition, Patricia Tiernan, teacher at East Stroudsburg High School, took a stand to start a recycling program at her school and succeeded, winning 4th place in the statewide Greensylvania recycling contest.