Congratulations to our Arrow Award winners!


The California Product Stewardship Council (CPSC) honors California-based companies for their innovative environmental efforts during the organization’s Annual Arrow Awards. Since 2008, CPSC has given out the prestigious environmental awards annually, holding the ceremony at the California Resource Recovery Association (CRRA) conference on waste reduction. Every year, award recipients attend the ceremony and share their sustainability story with the audience.


“The Arrow Award winners are leaders in driving a circular economy,” said Doug Kobold, Executive Director of the California Product Stewardship Council, “which means ‘waste’ from one product is feedstock for the next. We are thrilled to highlight companies with such impactful environmental achievements and work hard to minimize environmental impact, locally and globally.”


CPSC provides award winners with beautiful, one-of-a-kind handmade glass awards, an official Arrow Award Winner seal, customized social media graphics and press releases, and ongoing support and publicity.

See more information below on the current and previous Arrow Award Winners.

Sirius Signal is receiving the 2020 Green Arrow Award for system and design innovations. The Green Arrow Award is given to an organization demonstrating an innovative system approach that removes or reduces toxic or other problematic attributes present in other similar products. Sirius Signal has accomplished this feat by redesigning the marine distress signal to be safe, reusable, and free of hazardous chemical exposure during use!


Rethink Disposable is the winner of the 2020 Bow & Arrow Award for coalition building and creative partnerships. Bow & Arrow recipients demonstrate synergistic relationships between producers, distributors, retailers, public agencies, and other stakeholders. Through Rethink Disposal’s advocacy we’ve seen important collaboration firsthand and are proud to recognize you and your organization for incredible efforts to build coalitions for reducing single-use plastic waste generation and promoting reusables. 

Refill Madness is presented with the 2020 Infinity Arrow Award for service and take-back. They have initiated an outstanding Take Back program and provide community services with a  wonderful store in Sacramento, CA. Refill Madness offers packaging free consumer goods, recycling collection for hard-to-recycle items (such as mascara wands and toothbrushes), plus legislative advocacy to drive waste reduction policies with producer responsibility.




Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. is the recipient of the 2020 Golden Arrow Award for overall excellence in product stewardship. Sierra Nevada exemplifies producer responsibility by implementing voluntary programs, such as composting, recycling, and source reduction measures — all have a lasting impact on the environmental footprint of your company and provide models of success for many other industries.



CPSC recognized Gideon Kracov Law for their sponsorship! They have given time and energy beyond others, contributing to the success and growth of the product stewardship movement. Additionally, Giden Kracov’s generous support of the 2019 California Foundation on the Environment and the Economy (CFEE) educational trip helped make that trip invaluable — we are very grateful!

CPSC recognized the Tehama County Solid Waste Management Agency (TCSWMA) as our 2020 Associate of the Year for actively nurturing and sustaining the EPR movement in their jurisdiction. Tehama County was instrumental in helping pass SB 212 for safe medicine and needle disposal at the state level due to their leadership in passing a local ordinance. Further, TCSWMA successfully completed two CalRecycle grant projects with CPSC on education and source reduction for 1 lb propane cylinders promoting the ReFuel Your Fun campaign. 


The 2020 Legislative Leadership of the Year goes to Senator Bob Wieckowski. His years of leadership on Extended Producer Responsibility continues to serve Californians well!


What is extended producer responsibility (EPR)?

Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR), also known as Product Stewardship, is a strategy to place a shared responsibility for end-of-life product management on the producers, and all entities involved in the product chain, instead of the general public; while encouraging product design changes that minimize a negative impact on human health and the environment at every stage of the product's lifecycle. This allows the costs of treatment and disposal to be incorporated into the total cost of a product. It places primary responsibility on the producer, or brand owner, who makes design and marketing decisions. It also creates a setting for markets to emerge that truly reflect the environmental impacts of a product, and to which producers and consumers respond.

Source:  CalRecycle


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