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California Stewardship Arrow Awards

Recognizing California Businesses that Demonstrate

Leadership in Product Stewardship

Arrow Awards Application

The deadline to submit applications was Monday, June 30 2014 5:00 PM PST

The California Product Stewardship Council recognizes California businesses for outstanding leadership, innovation and partnerships in product stewardship and green design. The Arrow Awards recognize innovative product stewardship programs, outstanding partnerships in product stewardship and serve to inspire organizations to integrate the principles of product stewardship.


Any business entity, division or facility located in California is eligible to apply. Third party stewardship organizations and non-profits are also eligible.

Award Recipent Benefits

  • A custom-designed award made of recycled materials by bay area artist Ellen Blakeley presented at an evening awards event attended by more than 600 local and state government representatives, state legislators and industry representatives.
  • Statewide media coverage
  • Organization's profile on CPSC's Arrow Awards web page for one year
  • Organization's profile in CPSC's electronic newsletter, distributed to more than 3,000 viewers monthly
  • Organization's video (if submitted) uploaded to CPSC's YouTube Channel
  • Use of Arrow Awards medallion on organization's public relations materials
  • Year-long program and outreach support from CPSC
  • A link from CPSC's website to award recipients

 call2recycle 2013 arrow awards resizedPictured Left to Right: Sean Burchill, Call2Recycle;
Lynn France, Chair, CPSC Board.

Photo credit: Bob Hollis

Award Categories

Golden Arrow Award for Overall Excellence in Product Stewardship

The Golden Arrow Award is given to an organization demonstrating excellence in several aspects of product stewardship, including green design, toxics reduction, packaging reduction, increased reuse, repair, re-manufacture, convenient product take-back and end of life (EOL) management for one or more products.

Note: Do not apply for this award. The Golden Arrow Award winner will be selected by the award review panel from the applicants of the categories below.

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. Examples: Citrus cleaners that replace petroleum solvents; LEDs to replace CFLs; integrated (cradle-to-cradle) approach to providing a product, i.e., prepaid mailer to return product to manufacturer for reuse or recycling.

Bow and Arrow Award for Coalition Building

The Bow and Arrow Award is given to an organization that excels in building partnerships and demonstrating synergistic relationships between producers, distributors, retailers, public agencies and other stakeholders. The award may recognize a producer, a group of producers, an industry or trade association, or a stewardship organization that works with public agencies, retailers or other stakeholders to deal with EOL issues.

Infinity Arrow Award for Service and Take-Back

The Infinity Arrow Award recognizes a retail business, group of businesses, or chain that has initiated an outstanding Take Back program for one or more products as an additional convenience and service to their customers, and works with the producers of those products in developing safe storage and recovery of EOL products and packages.


Award Selection Criteria

The awards selection committee will consider, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Leadership
  • Innovation
  • Consumer convenience
  • Sustainable, long term environmental benefits
  • Potential industry model
  • Partnership and collaboration

The decisions of the awards committee are final and the California Product Stewardship Council will not eneter into any correspondence relating to those decisions



California Stewardship Arrow Awards FAQs

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