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Above: The tipping floor of the San Tan transfer station is roomy enough for loaders and other large equipment to easily enter and maneuver around. Photo: Richard Sorgatz, Sorgatz Photography. Left: The recently redesigned Addison County Solid Waste Management District transfer station includes an area where residents and businesses can drop off waste oil, filters, and antifreeze. Photo: Don Maglienti
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The 60,000-square-foot Surrey Recycling Transfer Centre in Surrey, B.C.—winner of the 2005 Bronze Transfer Station Excellence Award—is managed by Coquitlam, B.C.-based Wastech Services Ltd. Photo: Wastech
Environmental Commitment

From site design to employee education, environmental concerns also serve an integral function. Adopting an attitude of environmental responsibility helps a transfer station comply with local, state, and federal permits, and attain and maintain a favorable public image.

At the San Tan facility, for example, all roads are paved, reducing dust emissions and the need for dust-control measures; a street sweeper covers access and onsite roads to further abate the problem. Onsite stormwater contact is minimized through the building's enclosed design, and a retention basin holds all stormwater that accumulates on the grounds. Native landscaping around the facility beautifies the site and enhances its environmental friendliness.

Personnel at the Addison County facility publicly demonstrate a commitment to protecting the environment by promoting waste diversion and recycling. This gives constituents the opportunity to divert materials, engage in environmentally sound operational practices, and control odor, noise, and other potential nuisances—to be, as Kuczynski said, "a good neighbor."

SWANA Excellence Awards

The Solid Waste Association of North America annually presents its Excellence Awards to solid waste programs across the continent demonstrating exceptional operational practices and commitment to their communities. In addition to transfer stations, the program recognizes star performers in the following categories:

  • Communication
  • Composting programs
  • Integrated solid waste management systems
  • Landfill gas control
  • Landfill gas utilization
  • Landfill management
  • Marketing
  • Public education
  • Recycling programs
  • Solid waste collection
  • Special waste management
  • Waste-to-energy systems
  • The organization recognizes winners at its annual awards luncheon, during WASTECON. Entries for next year's program are due April 6, 2006. For more information or to obtain a nomination form, visit www.swana.org.