The Integrated Solid Waste Management System (ISWMS) Excellence Award
recognizes excellence in the management and operations of integrated solid waste management systems. An ISWMS is defined as one that uses complementary facilities and programs to manage specific components of the municipal solid waste stream. Solid waste management facilities may include, but are not limited to: recycling facilities, material recovery facilities, composting facilities, landfills and waste-to-energy facilities. Programs may include, but are not limited to: waste minimization, source reduction, recycling and associated public education. The collection and transfer of solid waste and recyclable materials associated with these components also are considered important elements of an ISWMS. To be eligible for this award, an ISWMS need not, by itself, encompass all of these facilities and programs. Certain services may be carried out by other government agencies and/or private companies, either by contractual arrangement or by local customary practice.