Awards

The Buckeye SWANA Chapter is asking SWANA members to nominate people for awards recognition. We hope to honor several people with awards at the Annual Meeting, scheduled at our annual meeting. Please nominate someone you know who is deserving of peer recognition. Review each award description and turn in your form to the Buckeye SWANA Chapter by April 1st.

Our Awards Program includes 6 separate categories:


James S. Bridges Solid Waste Professional of the Year Award

Nominees shall have provided valuable services and exemplary contributions to the Chapter and the field of solid waste management. The length, depth and breadth of continual contributions and services to the Chapter and the field of solid waste management shall be given consideration in selecting the Nominees.

Kevin M. Bonzo Solid Waste Innovator Award

Nominees shall have demonstrated unusually noteworthy achievements and/or highly significant contributions in his/her field of solid waste management that has resulted in an innovative solution to the management of solid waste. Innovative solutions can include new operational techniques, use of technology, development of efficiencies in collection, recycling, disposal and/or handling of solid waste and implementation of new programs and or services for solid waste management that are unique and cutting edge.

Solid Waste Operator Award

Nominees shall be an operator in the field of solid waste management who has demonstrated unusually noteworthy achievements and/or highly significant contributions to the solid waste management industry.

Young Professional of the Year

A “Young Professional” is defined as an individual in the solid waste industry aged 35 or younger. The Board will recognize an outstanding YP who represents the future of the solid waste industry. Examples of this may include but are not limited to:
  • Demonstrating passion for the environment, our industry, and helping each other succeed.
  • Providing advice, brainstorming ideas, developing solutions, and sharing in the struggles and triumphs of working in this business.
  • Contributing to innovations, programs, or projects that facilitate the growth of our industry or achievement of common industry goals.
  • Representing the next generation of SWANA through leadership, involvement, and dedication.

Safety in Excellence Award

The Excellence in Safety Award shall be considered, but not necessarily awarded each year, for members of the Chapter and non-members who demonstrate any or all of the following:
  • Implemented or developed an innovation in safety in the nominee’s workplace and/or in the solid waste industry.
  • Implemented or developed significant safety improvements in the nominee’s workplace and/or in the solid waste industry.
  • Assisted or acted on the prevention of a near miss or accident that could have resulted in personal injury to the nominee’s co-workers, clients or customers.
  • Demonstrating passion for operating safely and helping others operate safely.
  • Providing advice, brainstorming ideas, developing solutions, policy development and sharing of working in the solid waste management business in a safe manner.

Non-Member Recognition

The non-member recognition shall be considered, but not necessarily awarded each year, to a solid waste professional, government agency, non-profit organization or company who has demonstrated unusually noteworthy achievements and/or highly significant contributions to the management of solid waste in Ohio.

THE NOMINATION DEADLINE IS April 1, 2023. Complete the nomination form and return it to the Buckeye SWANA Awards Committee Chairperson, c/o  Scott Perry, SWACO, 4239 London Groveport Road, Grove City, Ohio 43123 or email to scott.perry@swaco.org

Past Awards

2022 Awards

2021 Awards

2020 Awards

2019 Awards

2018 Awards

2017 Awards

2016 Awards

2015 Awards

2014 Awards

2013 Awards

2012 Awards