The Lee County (Fla.) Integrated Solid Waste Management System landed a Gold Excellence Award from the Solid Waste Association of North America. Photo: HDR Inc.

Gold-level winners recipients of the Solid Waste Association of North America's 2011 Excellence Awards include:

  • Collection Systems: Miami Dade County (Fla.) Department of Solid Waste
  • Transfer Station: Hillsborough County (Fla.) Public Utilities Department
  • Communications: City of Toronto Communications for Solid Waste Management
  • Education: Environmental Forum/ Senate of Puerto Rico
  • Marketing: Metro Waste Authority (Des Moines, Iowa)
  • Landfill Management: Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County (Fla.)
  • Landfill Reuse: Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County (Fla.) Cross State Landfill Redevelopment
  • Landfill Gas Utilization: Orange County (Fla.) Utilities Solid Waste Division
  • Integrated Solid Waste Management Systems: Lee County (Fla.) Solid Waste Division
  • Composting Systems: Inland Empire Regional Composting Authority (Chino, Calif.)
  • Recycling Systems: Central Contra Costa (Calif.) Solid Waste Authority and Allied Waste Services
  • Special Waste: Region of Peel (Ontario, Canada) Waste Management Division
  • Waste-to-Energy: Hennepin (Minneapolis) Energy Recovery Facility Center
  • For the complete list or to submit a nomination for the 2012 Excellence Awards, visit