SWANA Announces 2014 Excellence Award Winners
Honorees Recognized at WASTECON® 2014

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 2014 awards honor 31 programs and facilities in 13 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 John H. Skinner, Ph.D., SWANA Executive Director and CEO.  “Community leaders should be very proud of the valuable contributions that these projects provide to their citizens,” Skinner added.

The winners were acknowledged at the annual WASTECON® conference. The 2014 ceremony is on Tuesday, August 26, 2014 in Grapevine, Texas.

Gold – City of Guelph, Ontario - Waste Cart Rollout
Silver – City of Leduc, Alberta, and the DAGNY Partnership - Waste Diversion Social Marketing Strategy
Bronze – (3-way tie)
Athens-Clarke County, Georgia – Two-part Recycling Campaign
City of Tampa, Florida – Be Smart, Use Your Cart!
Central Vermont Solid Waste Management District – Digital and Social Media Presence

Public Education

Gold – Rethink Waste, California  – Environmental Center and Tour Program
Silver – Regional Municipality of Durham, Ontario – Expansion of the Blue Box Program
Bronze – (tie)
La Crosse County, Wisconsin – Boy Scout Camporee
City of Hamilton, Ontario – 2013 Contamination Reduction Pilot

Gold – County of Simcoe, Ontario – “It’s Coming” Campaign
Bronze (tie)
City of Toronto, Ontario - "Chuck and Vince -We Want It!"  Campaign
Central Vermont Solid Waste Management District – “Did You Know?” Campaign

Collection Syste
Silver - City of Kissimmee, Florida

Transfer Stations

Silver- King County, Washington - Bow Lake Recycling Transfer Station

Landfill Gas Utilization

Silver - Gaston County, North Carolina

Landfill Management

Silver – Southern Idaho Regional Solid Waste Management
Bronze – OC Waste & Recycling, California

Landfill Remediation

Silver – Escambia County, Florida
Bronze – County of Simcoe, Ontario

Integrated Solid Waste Management System

Silver – Gaston County, North Carolina


Gold – Republic Services North Texas Recycling Complex
Silver - City of Hamilton, Ontario
Bronze  - Construction and Demolition Recycling, Inc


Gold – Monterey Regional Waste Management District, California
Silver (tie)
Montgomery County, Maryland
Athens-Clarke County, Georgia
Bronze – Lee County, Florida

Special Waste

Gold – Montgomery County, Ohio


Gold – City and County of Honolulu - H-POWER: Honolulu Project of Waste and Energy Recovery
Silver – Covanta Hempstead, New York
Bronze – Great River Energy Elk River Resource Recovery Project

Award Submissions

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

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