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Hamilton wins gold at SWANA awards

It's difficult not to notice that the roster of winners in The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) 200...

It’s difficult not to notice that the roster of winners in The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) 2007 Excellence Awards includes the City of Hamilton, Ontario, which won three awards, including two gold awards (for marketing its green cart program and for its new compost facility) and also the innovation award. Also winning gold for its public education efforts is the Region of Durham.

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 SWANAs 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, 2007 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.

About SWANA:

For over 40 years, SWANA, The Solid Waste Association of North America, has been the leading professional association in the solid waste management field. SWANAs mission is “to advance the practice of environmentally and economically sound management of municipal solid waste.” SWANA serves over 7,600 members and thousands more industry professionals with technical conferences, certifications, publications and a large offering of technical training courses.


WASTECON is SWANAs 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 years conference in Reno, Nevada, October 16-18 marks the 45th anniversary of the show.

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Evan L. Von Leer, Marketing Communications Manager

SWANA — The Solid Waste Association of North America

PO Box 7219

Silver Spring, MD 20907

301-585-2898 x252 (voice)

301-589-7068 (fax)

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