SWANA Announces Winners of 2017 Safety Awards

Publish Date: 7/5/2017

News Updates

July 5, 2017

 Wendy Melis
Marketing Director
1-800-GO-SWANA (467-9262)


SWANA Announces Winners of 2017 Safety Awards
Winners to be honored at the ISWA World Congress & WASTECON® 2017

Silver Spring, MD – The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) is proud to announce the winners of the 2017 SWANA Safety Awards, selected by SWANA’s Technical Divisions and the SWANA Safety Committee for their excellence in solid waste safety.

This year, SWANA expanded its Safety Awards program and selected winners based on SWANA’s 7 Technical Divisions, as well as an overall winner. These companies and local governments have all championed safety within the solid waste sector in the United States and Canada and demonstrated profound commitment to improving workplace safety.

2017 SWANA Safety Award Division Winners

Collection & Transfer Division

  • Fairfax County Solid Waste Management Program – Biggest Safety Improvement
  • McNeilus Truck & Manufacturing – Best Safety Innovation

Communication, Education & Marketing Division

  • Lakeshore Recycling Systems – Biggest Safety Improvement

Landfill Gas & Biogas Division

  • DTE Biomass Energy – Best Safety Innovation

Landfill Management Division

  • City of Vancouver – Best Safety Innovation

Sustainable Materials Management Division

  • Maryland Environmental Services – Biggest Safety Improvement
  • Hamm Waste Services – Best Safety Innovation

2017 SWANA Safety Award Overall Winner

  • Hamm Waste Services – “5S Implementation at Hamm Material Recovery Facility”

“It’s a tremendous honor to receive the SWANA Overall Safety Award for our safety systems at the Hamm Material Recovery Facility in Lawrence, KS,” said Charlie Sedlock, Director at Hamm Waste Services. “Protecting our employee team members is the most important thing we do each day at Hamm.”

The overall award-winning entry detailed the innovative application of the 5S visual system to reduce employee exposure to hazards while also lowering operating costs. Hamm Waste Services provides safe and responsible waste transport, single-steam processing, and disposal services to communities in Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska.

SWANA is a leader in the effort to move the waste collection industry off of the federal government’s list of 10 most dangerous jobs; this awards program, along with numerous other safety initiatives, including the award-winning Chapter Safety Ambassador Program and the “5 to Stay Alive” campaign, are important steps in that direction.

SWANA would like to thank PRECO, the official sponsor of the SWANA Safety Awards program, for all of their support. Awards will be presented to the winners during the ISWA World Congress & WASTECON® 2017 on September 27, 2017 in Baltimore, Maryland.

For information on the 2017 SWANA Safety Awards, visit swana.org/safetyawards.


About SWANA:

The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) is an organization of more than 9,000 public and private sector professionals committed to advancing from solid waste management to resource management through their shared emphasis on education, advocacy and research. For more than 50 years, SWANA has been the leading association in the solid waste management field. SWANA serves industry professionals through technical conferences, certifications, publications, and a large offering of technical training courses. For more information, visit swana.org.