SWANA Announces 2009 Excellence Award Winners

SWANA is pleased to announce the winners of the 2009 Excellence Awards. The Excellence Awards program was designed to recognize facilities, operations and programs that are committed to environmentally and economically sound management of solid waste, and also to encourage innovation.

Submittals for each of the 13 Excellence Award categories are evaluated based upon a distinct set of criteria established by the Awards Committees for each of SWANA’s seven technical divisions. The level of recognition (gold, silver and bronze) is determined by the applicant’s cumulative score based on these criteria.

“These Excellence Award winners represent the most innovative, professional solid waste management operations in North America”, said John H. Skinner, Ph.D., SWANA Executive Director and CEO. “The communities that they serve should be very proud of their outstanding accomplishments,” Skinner added.

The award winners by category:

Collection Systems
Gold – Abington Township, Variable Rate Automated Collection Program, PA

Transfer Station
Gold – Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority Transfer Complex, PA
Silver – Palm Beach County Central County Waste Transfer Station, FL
Bronze – Montgomery County South Solid Waste Transfer Station, OH

Public Education
Gold – Regional Municipality of Durham Waste Fair, ON
Silver – City of Hamilton Central Composting Facility “Learning Room”, ON
Bronze – North Shore Recycling Program, “Mission: Zero Waste”, BC

Gold – Santa Barbara County Green Waste Awareness Campaign, CA
Silver – Halton Region, More Blue and Green for a Better Planet, ON
Bronze – Simcoe County, “Be a Hero: Fight Garbage” Campaign, ON

Landfill Management
Gold – Escambia County Department of Solid Waste Management, Perdido Landfill, FL
Silver – Laurens County Solid Waste Management Authority, Old Macon Road Landfill, GA

Landfill Reuse
Gold – Palm Beach County, Lantana Road Landfill/Park Ridge Golf Course, FL

Landfill Gas Control
Bronze – Fairfax County I-66 Sanitary Landfill, VA

Landfill Gas Utilization
Gold – City of Hamilton Glanbrook Landfill Gas-to-Energy Facility, ON
Silver – City of Sioux Falls Landfill Gas Pipeline, SD
Bronze – Granger Electric of South Jordan, Trans-Jordan Generating Facility, UT

Gold – Lee County Resource Recovery Facility, FL
Silver – Palm Beach County North County Resource Recovery Facility, FL
Bronze – Tampa McKay Bay Refuse-to-Energy Facility, FL

Solid Waste Management Systems
Gold – City of Long Beach, Integrated Waste Management Program, CA
Silver – Region of Durham, Long Term Waste Management Strategic Plan, ON
Bronze – Region of Halton, Solid Waste Management Strategy, ON

Special Waste
Gold – Collier County Solid Waste Management Department Special Waste Collection, FL
Silver – Lake Michigan District Household Hazardous Waste Program, IN
Bronze – Pulaski County Regional Solid Waste Management District, Free Sharps Container Program, AR

Composting Systems
Gold – Regional Municipality of Durham and Miller Waste Composting Program, ON
Silver – Camarero Racetrack Composting Center, PR
Bronze – Frederick County Division of Utilities and Solid Waste Management, Natural Wood Waste Recycling Pad, MD

Recycling Systems
Gold – City of San Jose GreenWaste Recovery Apartment/MFD Recycling, CA
Silver – Montgomery County Recycling Center, MD
Bronze – City of Hamilton Waste Management Division Materials Recycling Facility, ON

Innovation Award Winner – Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio & FirmGreen Inc., Green Energy Center, OH

The winners will be recognized at WASTECON 2009 in Long Beach, California, during SWANA’s Annual Awards Luncheon on Thursday, September 24, 2009.


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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