City's Solid Waste Management Services recognized with Excellence Award

Marlene Feist, Utilities Communications Manager, 509.625.6505

Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at 4:26 p.m.

The City of Spokane has received an excellence award for its integrated solid waste management system by the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA). The award will be presented at SWANA's annual conference on Tuesday, Sept. 17, in Long Beach, Calif.

The bronze-level award recognizes the City's overall solid waste management approach, including collection of solid waste, recyclable, and organic materials within the City. In addition to the City's collection services, the award also recognizes the City's management and operation of Spokane's Waste-to-Energy Plant, transfer stations, recycling centers, household hazardous waste facilities and both active and closed landfills, which serve the entire County. Separately, Wheelabrator Technologies received a gold excellence award from SWANA for operation of the Spokane Waste-to-Energy Plant.

“We strive to provide excellent services to our customers that are affordable and environmentally responsible,” says Scott Windsor, the City's Solid Waste Management Director. “This award recognizes the full suite of solid waste services that we offer.”

Spokane's addition of single-stream recycling last fall strengthened the City's award application, Windsor says. “We are continually looking for ways to enhance our system to ensure more efficient use of ratepayer dollars and improved customer service,” he says.