31 US programs and facilities: SWANA honored 2015 Excellence Award Winners

Source: The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA)

Silver Spring, USA — SWANA’s Excellence Awards Program recognizes outstanding solid waste programs and facilities with environmentally and economically sound solid waste management practices. Winners demonstrate effective technologies and processes in system design and operations, worker and community health and safety, and successful public education and outreach programs.  Programs also must demonstrate that they are fiscally and environmentally responsible through their compliance with all applicable federal, state and local regulations. 

The 2015 awards honor 31 programs and facilities in 12 different categories, spanning many facets of the municipal solid waste industry. Award winners represent the most innovative and dynamic organizations throughout North America as judged by their peers, and SWANA is proud to recognize their accomplishments.

“The recipients of the SWANA Excellence Awards represent the best solid waste management practices in North America today,” said David Biderman, SWANA Executive Director and CEO. “Community leaders should be very proud of the valuable contributions that these projects provide to their citizens,” he added.

The winners were acknowledged at the annual WASTECON® conference. The 2015 ceremony was  on Tuesday, August 25, 2015, in Orlando, Florida.


Awareness Campaign

Gold – City of Largo, Florida “Largo Recycles More”

Silver – Wake County Solid Waste Management, North Carolina “86it Anti-Litter Campaign”

Bronze – Regional Municipality of York, Ontario “Better Blue Awareness Campaign”


Education Program

Gold – Waste Management, Inc. “Recycle Corps”

Silver – Montgomery County, Ohio, Environmental Learning Center

Bronze – Westchester County Department of Environmental Facilities, New York “Trash as Treasure Recycled Material Art”


Communication, Education and Marketing Tools 

Gold – Niagara Region “Illegal Dumping On-line Reporting Tool”

Silver – City of Austin, Austin Resource Recovery “Universal Recycling Ordinance”

Bronze – Escambia County Perdido Landfill, Florida “Escambia Recycles Activity and Coloring Book”


Innovation in Communication, Education and Marketing

Waste Management, Inc. “Recycle Corps”


Collection Systems 

Gold – City of Tacoma, Washington, Solid Waste Management “Residential Collection System”

Bronze: City of Toronto, Ontario “Parks Collection System”

Bronze: City of Virginia Beach Public Works “Waste Management Division”


Transfer Station 

Silver – Hillsborough County, Florida, Public Works/Solid Waste Management “Northwest Solid Waste Transfer Station”


Landfill Management 

Silver – Metro Waste Authority, Iowa “Metro Park East Landfill”

Bronze – Outagamie County Recycling and Solid Waste, Wisconsin “Northeast Regional Landfill”


Landfill Redevelopment 

Silver – Sanford Golf Design, Florida “Trump Golf Links at Ferry Point”

Bronze – Materials Innovation and Recycling Authority, Connecticut “Hartford Landfill State-of-the-Art Closure and Solar Electricity Generating Facility”


Integrated Solid Waste Management Systems 

Gold – Montgomery County, Maryland, DSWS

Silver – Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority, Pennsylvania “LCSWMA’s Integrated System”

Bronze – Metro Vancouver, British Columbia “Integrated Solid Waste and Resource Management Plan”


Excellence Award submissions for 2016 will open at the end of 2015.

Source: The Solid Waste Association of North America