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Announcing the 2014 Ohio Buckeye Chapter Award Winners

2014 James S. Bridges Solid Waste Professional of the Year – Diane T. Bickett  

Diane Bickett Our award recipient began her career in the solid waste industry in 1990 at the Cuyahoga County Planning Commission. She joined the staff of the Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District following its formation by the Board of Cuyahoga County Commissioners in 1995.She was instrumental in the establishment of the Cuyahoga County Paper Marketing Cooperative. She was also the lead staff person in establishing the district's Household Hazardous Waste Collection, which became the largest HHW collection in the State of Ohio. In 1998, her expertise and leadership was recognized by the Board of Commissioners of the District with her appointment as Deputy Director of the Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District.In 2009, she broke the glass ceiling and was appointed Executive Director of the Cuyahoga County Solid Waste Management District by Commissioners of the District. Our award recipient hit the ground running with the completion and opening in early 2011 of the 34,000 square foot Special Waste Convenience Center which allows communities the ability to offer 5-day a week drop off of HHW to their residents. The facility also provides LEED standard office space for District staff.

Ladies and gentlemen, your 2014 James S. Bridges Solid Waste Professional of the Year, Mrs. Diane T. Bickett, Executive Director of the Cuyahoga County Solid Waste Management District.

 

 

2014 Solid Waste Operator of the Year

 Nancy HughesOur award recipient has been a member of SWANA since 1995 and is the Sustainability Manager of the Cleveland Metro Parks Zoo where she is responsible for the management of the on-site composting program. She manages 4,000 cubic yards of animal manure, straw, hay, wood chips, herbaceous materials and leaves produced at the zoo. She is also working on incorporating food waste generated at the zoo into the composting program. Our award recipient produces mounds of  sweet smelling compost affectionately called Zoo Poo that is used by zoo horticulturist throughout the facility’s many gardens. Our award recipient is also responsible for the recycling programs at the zoo not only for the zoo operations but also for the participants as well as the supporting vendors at the zoo. On-site recycling operations include appliances, batteries, cardboard, cell phones, computer equipment, florescent bulbs, glass, inkjet cartridges, metals, aluminum cans, pallets, paper and much more. Finally, she has developed a comprehensive education and awareness program for zoo participants including schools, businesses, organizations and other zoos.

Ladies and gentlemen, your 2014 Solid Waste Operator of the Year Award goes to Ms. Nancy Hughes, Sustainability Manager of the Cleveland Metro Parks Zoo.

 

 

2014 Kevin M. Bonzo Solid Waste Innovator of the Year – John Woodman

Dan Graeter on behalf of John WoodmanOur award recipient was instrumental in the development of an innovative scrap tire recycling program in Montgomery County Ohio. In response to community needs to address the issue of illegal dumping, our award recipient and the Montgomery County Solid Waste Management District initiated the formation of the multi-jurisdictional Montgomery County Environmental Crimes Task Force in 2013. At the direction of the Task Force, the program was developed to address illegal dumping of scrap tires. The goals of the program was to remove large volumes of scrap tires from the community, reduce the burden of communities dealing with illegal dumping and to educate residents about programs and services available for the proper management of scrap tires. The program involves the buyback of used tires from residents. Residents are permitted to bring up to 10 scrap tires per vehicle for recycling and are paid $2.00 for each qualified tire. This economic incentive created a clean-up movement with the County for alley ways, vacant lots, rivers and streams. The inaugural events on September 21, 2013 attracted 1,581 vehicles and collected 15,488 scrap tires for recycling.  Ladies and gentlemen, your 2014 Kevin M. Bonzo Solid Waste Innovator of the Year goes to Mr. John Woodman, Montgomery County Environmental Services. John is current attending the AOR Board meeting so on his behalf, the award will be accepted by Mr. Dan Graeter from the Montgomery County Solid Waste District.

 

 

 

2014 Non-Member Recognition – Susan Schumacher, Hamilton County

Since 2012, the Board of the Ohio Buckeye Chapter created a recognition program to honor solid waste professionals, government agencies, non-profit organizations or other companies who have demonstrated unusually noteworthy achievements and/or highly significant contributions to the management of solid waste in Ohio. 

Our third recognition recipient is Susan Schumacher from the Hamilton County Solid Waste Management District. Susan has worked with the District since 1996 first serving as an administrative assistant then as a solid waste specialist. Susan works with the residents and businesses in Hamilton County to promote the programs of the District and has shown leadership in reducing cost of District operations. Susan is an excellent communicator and would a great future SWANA member. We acknowledge here great contributions to the solid waste industry and welcome her to SWANA.

Ladies and gentlemen, your 2014 Non-Member Recognition Recipient goes to Susan Schumacher from the Hamilton County Solid Waste Management District. Susan was unable to make the conference this week.

Service Awards

Albert Iosue – Buckeye Chapter President

Albert IosueAlbert has been a member of SWANA for many years and a Board member for the last 6 years. Albert has been our president for the past year and has provided great leadership for the Chapter including seeing us through this week’s Conference at the Maumee Bay State Park. Albert navigated our quarterly meetings with a renewed sense of organization and time management and made sure all of our committees stayed focused on their mission. Albert also assisted in many of the committees of the chapter including chairing the executive committee. Today we want to recognize Albert for his service to the Chapter as president from 2013-2014.

In addition, service awards will be created for out-going Buckeye Chapter Board Members Holly Christmann, Robert Reiter and Keith Bailey. These awards will be presented at the next Board meeting in December.  

 

 

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