Dirty Jobs Well Done

EIA awards are a great way to recognize the industry's best and brightest.

The Environmental Industry Associations (EIA) are gearing up for 2010. They are accepting applications now for some of their most popular programs.

Women's Council Scholarship

The EIA Women's Council is pleased to offer an educational scholarship program for National Solid Wastes Management Association (NSWMA) and Waste Equipment Technology Association (WASTEC) member employees and their dependents. This program assists qualified individuals in pursuit of undergraduate or graduate education related to a career in the environmental industry. It has awarded scholarships to nearly a dozen people during the last three years.

In 2010, individual scholarships of $2,500 will be awarded. The submission deadline is March 31. Visit www.environmentalistseveryday.org/womenscouncil for more information.

EIA Awards Programs

EIA is accepting nominations to honor the solid waste management industry's most outstanding leaders and employees at the 2010 WasteExpo conference. Industry officials are encouraged to recognize their peers for their great work by submitting a nomination.

“America's solid waste industry employees should be proud of their essential service,” said EIA President and CEO Bruce J. Parker. “Every day, solid waste employees protect human health and the environment by collecting and processing America's garbage and recyclables. Others design and sell innovative equipment and services that have revolutionized the way that waste is managed. Our awards programs give industry leaders opportunities to honor the great work of their employees. We look forward to getting a number of great nominations.”

EIA presents a range of awards each year. The EIA Hall of Fame Awards recognize leaders in the waste industry that have been actively engaged in the business for at least 20 years. EIA Hall of Fame inductees include former and current presidents, chief operating officers, and senior executives of hazardous and non-hazardous waste disposal operations, trade associations, consulting firms, and manufacturing facilities. The deadline for 2010 EIA Hall of Fame nominations is Jan. 8, 2010. The nomination form may be found at www.environmentalistseveryday.org/docs/2010-Hall-of-Fame.pdf

The WASTEC Awards program is a unique opportunity for WASTEC member companies to recognize employees who excel in one of three categories: engineering, production, or sales and marketing. WASTEC Employees of the Year demonstrate diligence and ingenuity. The deadline for 2010 WASTEC Awards nominations is Jan. 15, 2010. The nomination form may be found at www.environmentalistseveryday.org/docs/WASTEC/WASTEC-award-nomination-form-2009.pdf

Women's Council "Carts on Parade"

The EIA Women's Council is pleased to present “Carts on Parade,” a sponsored art competition that will take place at WasteExpo in Atlanta, May 4-6, 2010. Entrants in the competition will be provided a 95-gallon, wheeled trash cart that they must decorate with artwork that promotes the messages of EIA's “Environmentalists. Every Day.” grassroots education program. The decorated carts will be prominently displayed during the show and will compete for awards in several categories including: Best in Show, President's Trophy (for best interpretation of theme), People's Choice Award (to be chosen by popular voting at WasteExpo), and the Green Earth Award (for the best use of recycled materials). For more information, visit www.environmentalistseveryday.org/womenscouncil.

2010 WASTEC Products & Services Directory

WASTEC is preparing the 2010 edition of its Products & Services Directory, the annual “Yellow Pages” of solid waste and recycling equipment, OEM and aftermarket suppliers, and suppliers of technology and services provided by WASTEC members. Copies are distributed to WasteExpo attendees and procurement personnel throughout the solid waste industry, and additional copies are available upon request. As a member benefit, the directory includes general listings for all WASTEC members' products and services, though more prominent display ads are available. To request information about these opportunities, contact Christine Hutcherson at chutcherson@envasns.org.

Thomas Metzger is director of communications and public affairs for the National Solid Wastes Management Association. Reach him at (202) 364-3751.