SWANA Announces 2007 Excellence Award Winners

SWANA is pleased to announce this year's winners of the 2007 Excellence Awards. The Awards program for demonstrated excellence in the field of Solid Waste Management was created to recognize outstanding facilities, operations and programs committed to the "environmentally and economically sound management of solid waste," while at the same time, encouraging innovation. Each of SWANA's eight technical divisions has at least one award category through which they identify top-notch facilities, operations and programs. Award winners will be honored at WASTECON 2007 in Reno Nevada, Thursday, October 18 and also recognized throughout the year in SWANA newsletters, as well as in online and onsite events.

"SWANA is proud to recognize the 2007 Excellence Award Winners and their dedication to advancing environmentally and economically sound solid waste management practices," said John Skinner, Ph. D., SWANA Executive Director and CEO. "These organizations are an inspiration to others in the solid waste industry."

The 2007 Excellence Awards program was highly competitive, with more than a 50 percent increase in submittals over the 2006 totals.

The award winners in 13 categories include:

Innovation Award Winner
City of Hamilton Public Works Department, Waste Management Division – Hamilton Central Composting Facility, Ontario

Collection and Transfer Division

Collection Systems Award

BRONZE – City of Kissimmee Sanitation Division, Fla.

Transfer Station Award

GOLD – City of Phoenix, Ariz. – Phoenix North Transfer Station
BRONZE – Delaware Solid Waste Authority – Milford Transfer Station

Communication, Education, and Marketing Division

Communication Award

GOLD – York Region, Pa.
BRONZE – Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio – Beyond the Bin

Marketing Award

GOLD – City of Hamilton, Ontario – Green Cart Program
SILVER – Philadelphia Recycling Office, City of Philadelphia, Pa.
BRONZE – City of Tallahassee, Fla.– CANpaign 2006

Public Education Award

GOLD – Region of Durham Works Department Waste Management Services, Ontario
SILVER – Environmental Services Bureau, City of Long Beach, Calif. – Litter Free Long Beach
BRONZE – Sarasota County Environmental Services, Fla. - Residential Education Outreach Campaign

Landfill Division Awards

Landfill Management Award

GOLD – Orange County, Calif. - Frank R. Bowerman Landfill
SILVER – Houston County Solid Waste Disposal Facility, Ga.
BRONZE - Rumpke Sanitary Landfill Facility, Ohio

Landfill Gas Division Awards

Landfill Gas Control Award

SILVER- Hickory Ridge Sanitary Landfill, Ga.

Landfill Gas Utilization Award

GOLD – The Monterey Regional Waste Management District, Calif.
SILVER – Energy Developments, Inc. – Covel Gardens Landfill Gas To Electric Power Station, Texas
BRONZE – Iris Glen Landfill Gas to Energy Project, Tenn.

Planning & Management Division Awards

Solid Waste Management Systems Award

GOLD – Metro Waste Authority, Iowa
SILVER – Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County, Fla.
BRONZE – Fairfax County Solid Waste Management Program, Va.

Special Waste Division Awards

Special Waste Award

GOLD – Sarasota County Environmental Services, Fla.
SILVER – City of New Orleans Department of Sanitation, La.
BRONZE – Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority, Pa.

Waste Reduction, Recycling & Composting Division Awards

Composting Systems Award

GOLD – City of Hamilton Public Works Department, Waste Management Division –
Hamilton Central Composting Facility, Ontario
BRONZE – King County, Wash. – King County Commercial Food Waste Composting Program

Recycling Systems Award

GOLD – Montgomery County, Department of Public Works and Transportation, Division of Solid Waste Services, Md.
SILVER - The City of Logan Environmental Department (Utah – Cache County Service Area # 1)
BRONZE – University of Virginia, Utilities Department of Facilities Management, Va.

Waste-to-Energy Division Awards

Waste-to-Energy Award

GOLD – Stanislaus Resource Recovery Facility, Calif.
SILVER – Covanta Onondaga – Onondaga County Resource Recovery Facility, N.Y. & Transfer Division:


WASTECON is SWANA's signature annual conference and trade show. Known as the Only Show Run By and For Solid Waste Professionals, WASTECON features a large trade show, technical sessions, training courses, workshops, speakers and networking events. This year's conference in Reno, Nevada, October 16-18 marks the 45th anniversary of the show. |



The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) is an organization of more than 10,000 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 60 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.

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