SWANA’s Planning & Management Technical Division awards an organization that advances the integration of solid waste management principles into an effective and sustainable organization.
The call for entries for the 2020 award is now closed. The winner will be announced at the SOAR Conference in 2021. Stay tuned for the opening of the call for entries for 2021 in the Fall of 2020.
The integration of solid waste principles is the cornerstone of the management of solid waste organization. Managing Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) facilities in accordance with the principles of SWANA’s integrated waste can result in a sustainable system. Solid waste management facilities may include but are not limited to the following:
These facilities may be owned or contracted by the municipal entity. It is how, each or a combination of these elements, serve to advance the integrated MSW principles. The P&M Technical Division award emphasizes integrating these elements into an effective and efficient MSW program operated under the highest standard.
The Division is focusing on approaches and methods to manage MSW collection, recycling, reuse and disposal in accordance with the principles of integrated solid waste management.
The PM Award entries will be reviewed based on:
Examples of elements to be included in an application for the Planning & Management Award are:
Award applications will be reviewed by a team of PM Division members. The Division has established the following items by which applications will be evaluated. Organize your application according to the main scoring sections. The final section is used by the judges to evaluate the quality of the application as a whole.
The statements and questions under each section are guidelines for what judges would like to see in each category. You may include other pertinent information. When including documents, you may reduce them in size to fit multiple documents on a page, as long as they are readable, or include a link to a website that contains the requested document.
IMPORTANT: Read all directions carefully. Applications that are unreadable or do not provide required information will be disqualified.
Please provide a written executive summary of no more than 150 words describing your MSW management system and explaining why the organization you are nominating deserves to win an award.
OPTIONAL: In addition to a written executive summary of no more than 150 words, you may include a link to a video of no more than 120 seconds that tells the story of your MSW management system and its results.
Describe the facilities and programs in the integrated system and how they are interrelated. Include information on the population served, how they are served by the system and ownership of the elements. If elements are owned by others, how does the ownership relationship contribute to integrated system?
How are operations efficiencies measured, and benchmarks to determine how performance goals are met. What are the short- and long-term plans for facilities and programs? How does the performance impact the environment and greenhouse gas emissions? How are system elements procured and how are they managed?
What are your financial plans in terms of rate setting, market share or other elements? How are employees are managed, recognized and trained to support the organization? Describe the safety program and the injury rates within the system. How has the program changed over the last three years? How does the safety record compare to national rates? How did you overcome them? What do you consider to be your greatest success?
Describe your community outreach program. How has it been developed to meet the needs of the population served? How do you evaluate the effectiveness of the outreach program? How has it changed over the last three years and in response to what stimulus? Has there been and any change in user behavior in response to the program?
Your application will be judged on its organization and presentation, and on editorial and technical quality.
(This is a judges category only, not to be addressed in your application)
Maximum 100 points