Official Ceremony at WASTECON for Outstanding Waste Management Practices

Solid Waste Association of North America Excellence Award Winners Announced

SWANA has announced the winners of its annual Excellence Awards Program to recognise outstanding solid waste programs and facilities.


The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) has announced the winners of its annual Excellence Awards Program to recognise outstanding solid waste programs and facilities.

SWANA explained that the winners have demonstrated 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 honour programs and facilities in 13 different categories spanning many facets of the municipal solid waste industry. Award winners represent the most innovative and dynamic organisations throughout North America as judged by their peers, and SWANA is proud to recognise 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” campaig
  • Pitkin County Solid Waste Center, Colorado “Talkin’ Trash” campaign

Silver –

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

Education Program

Gold – 

  • RecycleSmart - Central Contra Costa Solid Waste Authority, California

Silver – 

  • Waste Management Youth Education

Bronze – 

  • OC Waste & Recycling Landfill Tour Program

Communication, Education and Marketing Tools

Bronze –

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

Innovation in Communication, Education and Marketing

Gold –

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

Collection Systems

Bronze –

  • City of Baltimore Citywide Municipal Trash Can Program, Maryland

Transfer Station

Gold –

  • Valley Vista Services Pomona Valley, California

Landfill Gas & Biogas

Silver – 

  • OC Waste and Recycling Bowerman Power Project, California

Landfill Management

Bronze –

  • City of Toronto, Ontario, Green Lane Landfill

Landfill Redevelopment

Gold –

  • Niagara Region, Ontario, Landfill End Use Site Development

Bronze –

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

Integrated Solid Waste Management System

Gold –

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

Silver –

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

Recycling Systems

Gold –

  • GreenWaste Recovery, California, Materials Recovery Facility

Silver –

  • Emerald Coast Utilities Authority Materials Recycling Facility, Florida

Bronze –

  • Niagara Region, Ontario, Recycling Centre Improvements

Special Waste Management

Gold –

  • 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

Silver –

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


Gold – 

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

Find out more about SWANA’s 2017 Excellence Award winners, HERE

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