BLOOMINGTON, IL – June 6th, 2013
“Willie is a very deserving recipient of the Steve Apotheker Award. From his work with the Chicago Public Schools to his tireless efforts to drive proper refurbishment practices worldwide, Willie has achieved concrete progress for communities and for the environment. It has been a pleasure to work with him over the years and to support his commitment to sound reuse and recycling.”
– Rick Goss, Senior VP, Environment and Sustainability, Information Technology Industry Council (ITIC)
The Illinois Recycling Association wanted to establish an award to honor the life, passion and dedication to recycling and sustainability of an Illinois native who became a national leader and expert in the field, Steve Apotheker.
Steve’s passion for recycling started when he was a physics graduate student at the University of Illinois. Steve started the Community Recycling Center in Champaign in 1978 which encouraged local officials to implement curbside recycling to the area. He led the effort in 1980 to establish the Illinois Association of Recycling Centers, the predecessor of the current Illinois Recycling Association.
“Receiving this prestigious award named after an individual who was considered “The Father of Recycling in Illinois” is not only an honor, it is a privilege” said Willie Cade, CEO and Founder of PC Rebuilders and Recyclers. “Responsible recycling and promoting sustainability is the foundation of my passion for the electronics reuse industry. Mr. Apotheker was a pioneer and a visionary with his efforts to promote recycling in a time when few understood the impact and value of such a mission”. Mr. Cade went on to state: “My hope as this year’s recipient is to continue to forge new developments and methodologies for advancing the future of recycling”.