SWANA Announces 2017 Excellence Award Winners

Publish Date: 8/16/2017

News Updates

August 16, 2017

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


SWANA Announces 2017 Excellence Award Winners
Honorees to be recognized in September at WASTECON® 2017

Silver Spring, MD – The Solid Waste Association of North America's (SWANA) Excellence Awards Program recognizes outstanding solid waste programs and facilities that demonstrate the highest practices through their commitment to using effective technologies and processes in system design and operations, advancing worker and community health and safety, and implementing successful public education and outreach programs. Programs also must exhibit that they are fiscally and environmentally responsible through their compliance with all applicable federal, state and local regulations.

This year’s awards honor 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 David Biderman, SWANA Executive Director and CEO. “Community leaders should be very proud of the valuable contributions that these projects provide to their citizens.”

The winners will be acknowledged and awarded at the annual WASTECON® conference in Baltimore, Maryland, on Tuesday, September 26, 2017.

2017 Excellence Award winners by category:

Awareness Campaign

Gold – Tie

  • Western Placer Waste Management Authority, California One Big Bin” campaign
  • Pitkin County Solid Waste Center, Colorado “Talkin’ Trash” campaign


  • City of North Port Solid Waste Division, Florida, Creative Awareness Campaigns

Education Program


  • RecycleSmart - Central Contra Costa Solid Waste Authority, California


  • • Waste Management Youth Education


  • OC Waste & Recycling Landfill Tour Program

Communication, Education and Marketing Tools


  • City of Greenville Solid Waste Division-Recycling, South Carolina

Innovation in Communication, Education and Marketing


  • City of Charlotte, North Carolina, Healthy Communities Education Program

Collection Systems


  • City of Baltimore Citywide Municipal Trash Can Program, Maryland

Transfer Station


  • Valley Vista Services Pomona Valley, California

Landfill Gas & Biogas


  • OC Waste and Recycling Bowerman Power Project, California

Landfill Management


  • City of Toronto, Ontario, Green Lane Landfill

Landfill Redevelopment


  • Niagara Region, Ontario, Landfill End Use Site Development


  • City of Los Angeles, California, Lopez Canyon Environmental Center

Integrated Solid Waste Management System


  • City of Toronto, Ontario, Long Term Solid Waste Management Strategy


  • County of Santa Barbara, California, Resource Recovery & Waste Management Division

Recycling Systems


  • GreenWaste Recovery, California, Materials Recovery Facility


  • Emerald Coast Utilities Authority Materials Recycling Facility, Florida


  • Niagara Region, Ontario, Recycling Centre Improvements

Special Waste Management


  • Niagara Region, Ontario, Household Hazardous Waste Depots

Bronze – Tie

  • Lorain County, Ohio, Collection Center
  • Sussex County Municipal Utilities Authority, New Jersey, EPS Recycling Program

Composting Systems

Gold – Tie

  • Navy Whidbey Recycle In-vessel Composting System, Washington
  • Onondaga County Resource Recovery Agency Compost Operations, New York


  • Republic Services Pacific Region Compost (PRC) Facility, Oregon



  • Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach Florida, Palm Beach, Renewable Energy Facility #2

To learn more about SWANA’s 2017 Excellence Award winners, visit swana.org/awards/excellenceawards/2017winners.


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.