SWANA Announces 2009 Excellence Award Winners

The Silver Spring, Md.-based Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) has announced the winners of its 2009 Excellence Awards. The awards are “designed to recognize facilities, operations and programs that are committed to environmentally and economically sound management of solid waste, and also to encourage innovation,” according to SWANA.

The winners will receive their awards at a luncheon to be held during SWANA’s WASTECON show on Thursday, Sept. 24. “These Excellence Award winners represent the most innovative, professional solid waste management operations in North America,” said John H. Skinner, executive director and CEO of SWANA, in a press release. “The communities that they serve should be very proud of their outstanding accomplishments.”

The winners by category are as follows:

Collection Systems
Gold – Abington Township, Variable Rate Automated Collection Program, PA

Transfer Station
Gold – Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority Transfer Complex, PA

Silver – Palm Beach County Central County Waste Transfer Station, FL

Bronze – Montgomery County South Solid Waste Transfer Station, OH

Public Education
Gold – Regional Municipality of Durham Waste Fair, ON

Silver – City of Hamilton Central Composting Facility “Learning Room”, ON

Bronze – North Shore Recycling Program, “Mission: Zero Waste”, BC

Gold – Santa Barbara County Green Waste Awareness Campaign, CA

Silver – Halton Region, More Blue and Green for a Better Planet, ON

Bronze – Simcoe County, “Be a Hero: Fight Garbage” Campaign, ON

Landfill Management
Gold – Escambia County Department of Solid Waste Management, Perdido Landfill, FL

Silver – Laurens County Solid Waste Management Authority, Old Macon Road Landfill, GA

Landfill Reuse 

Gold – Palm Beach County, Lantana Road Landfill/Park Ridge Golf Course, FL
Landfill Gas Control 

Bronze – Fairfax County I-66 Sanitary Landfill, VA

Landfill Gas Utilization

Gold – City of Hamilton Glanbrook Landfill Gas-to-Energy Facility, ON

Silver – City of Sioux Falls Landfill Gas Pipeline, SD

Bronze – Granger Electric of South Jordan, Trans-Jordan Generating Facility, UT

Gold – Lee County Resource Recovery Facility, FL

Silver – Palm Beach County North County Resource Recovery Facility, FL

Bronze – Tampa McKay Bay Refuse-to-Energy Facility, FL

Solid Waste Management Systems

Gold – City of Long Beach, Integrated Waste Management Program, CA

Silver – Region of Durham, Long Term Waste Management Strategic Plan, ON

Bronze – Region of Halton, Solid Waste Management Strategy, ON

Special Waste
Gold – Collier County Solid Waste Management Department Special Waste Collection, FL

Silver – Lake Michigan District Household Hazardous Waste Program, IN

Bronze – Pulaski County Regional Solid Waste Management District, Free Sharps Container Program, AR

Composting Systems
Gold – Regional Municipality of Durham and Miller Waste Composting Program, ON

Silver – Camarero Racetrack Composting Center, PR

Bronze – Frederick County Division of Utilities and Solid Waste Management, Natural Wood Waste Recycling Pad, MD

Recycling Systems

Gold – City of San Jose GreenWaste Recovery Apartment/MFD Recycling, CA

Silver – Maryland Recycling Center, Montgomery County, MD

Bronze – City of Hamilton Waste Management Division Materials Recycling Facility, ON

Innovation Award Winner
– Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio & FirmGreen Inc., Green Energy Center, OH