Wastecon '95: It's A Wrap

More than 4,200 solid waste professionals journeyed to Baltimore in October to attend what is being hailed as the most successful solid waste expo sponsored by the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA).

"Wastecon '95 proved to be SWANA's most successful show to date," said Caroline Lacey, the association's director of expositions. "We had the widest variety of displays and equipment that we've ever had," she added.

In addition to record numbers of attendees, Wastecon '95 attracted more than 250 exhibitors to the annual event, which was held Sunday through Friday, October 22 to 27, 1995.

Kurt Schmoke, Baltimore's mayor, was the keynote speaker at the opening breakfast on Tuesday, which also included the annual meeting and technical awards.

Wastecon presented more than 21 technical sessions and nine training course, including classes that offered certification in three areas: Transfer Station Manager, Recycling Manager or MSW Manager 1.

The technical sessions and courses were coordinated by SWANA's Center for Solid Waste Education and Training. Technical tours to 11 facilities in the Baltimore area also ran throughout the week.

Technical sessions covered several landfill areas including gas recovery and reclamation; collection, transfer, waste to energy, special waste, planning and management and recycling.

Officials announced that SWANA's Wastecon '96 will be held in Portland from September 23 to 26.

Robert L. Lawrence Distinguished Service Award Roger W. Powers Keep America Beautiful Inc. Stamford, Conn.

Life Membership Award Richard W. Eldredge, P.E. Naperville, Ill.

Professional Achievement - Regular Member N.C. Vasuki Delaware Solid Waste Authority Dover, Del.

Professional Achievement - Sustaining Member John G. Pacey, EMCON Pebble Beach, Calif.

Honorary Membership John M. Sharf, Ph.D., Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority Lancaster, Pa.

Recycling Excellence Awards Recycling And Waste Prevention Program Gold

Reedy Creek Improvement District,In association with Walt Disney World Co. Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Silver (tie)

* Cape May County, N.J. Regional Recycling Program

* Cape May County, N.J. Municipal Utilities Authority Source Reduction And ecycling Program City of Newark, N.J. - Department of Engineering

Waste To Energy Excellence Awards Gold Hennepin Energy Resource Co. Hennepin County Environmental Management Division, Minneapolis

Silver Southeastern Connecticut Resource Recovery Facility, American Ref-Fuel of Southeastern Connecticut, Preston, Conn.

Bronze Essex County Resource Recovery Facility American Ref-Fuel Co. of Essex County Newark, N.J.

Collection Excellence Awards Gold Disco Transfer Station Municipality of Metropolitan Toronto, Ontario,

Landfill Excellence Awards Gold Venice Park Recycling and Disposal Facility Waste Management of Michigan Inc. Lennon, Mich.

Silver Mallard Ridge Recycling and Disposal Facility Waste Management of Wisconsin Inc. Delavan, Wis.

Bronze Salt River Landfill Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community Scottsdale, Ariz.

Special Waste Excellence Awards Gold Metro Hazardous Waste Program Portland, Ore., Metro Solid Waste Department

Silver City of Los Angeles Household Hazardous Waste Program

Bronze Spokane's Moderate Risk Waste Program Spokane, Wash., Regional Solid Waste System

Excellence In MSW Education Awards K-12 Curricula Excellence Awards

* The Great Waste Mystery Delaware Solid Waste Authority, Dover, Del.

* Action for A Cleaner Tomorrow: A South Carolina Environmental Curriculum, South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, Columbia, S.C.

Meritorious Achievement San Diego: World in Harmony, I Love A Clean San Diego, Inc. Category I - Population Served Over 250,000

Excellence Award I Love a Clean San Diego County Inc. Education Program

Meritorious Achievement Dakota County Residential Solid Waste Public Education Program Dakota County Environmental Management Department, Apple Valley, Minn. Category II - Population Served Under 250,000

Excellence Award City of Glendale Integrated Waste Management Public Outreach/Education Program, City of Glendale, Calif., Public Works Integrated Waste Management

Meritorious Achievement Recycle ... Do It Right! Somerset County Division of Solid Waste Management, Somerville, N.J.