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Ming-Ming Wins Recycler of the Year

An immigrant herself, Ming-Ming, RAI’s founder and Executive Director, views the work she does never as a choice, but as a responsibility to her community. Because of her attitude for this work, it was a much appreciated surprise when Ming-Ming was awarded Recycler of the Year by the Washington State Recycling Association (WSRA) in May. 

WSRA is a nonprofit that focuses on promoting recycling and consists of more than 500 members and organizations with varying identities, from government officials, recycling companies, to universities. Their organization aims to offer “leadership and education that fosters the expansion, diversity and economic vitality of recycling in support of sustainable resource management” ( Their mission to exemplify an equitable and circular economy aligns directly with RAI’s work. 

Award winners are described by WSRA on their website as “an individual whose actions have significantly furthered recycling and waste prevention beyond the normal scope of their responsibilities.” The award is a well-deserved depiction of Ming-Ming’s continued efforts towards building equitable, and sustainable communities. Ming-Ming shared her excitement with her LinkedIn community saying, “Thank you for the recognition! #circulareconomy #equityforwomen.” 

This award underscores the vital role RAI plays in integrating sustainability with the upward mobility of refugee and immigrant women. Thank you to the Washington State Recycling Association for celebrating leadership that intertwines workforce development and the circular economy. We're honored to display this tangible reminder of the importance of refugee and immigrant women in our communities.

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