Nominate a deserving individual who shows extraordinary competence, expertise, or dedication in service.
Call for Nominations
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 in September. Below is the Nomination Form. Please nominate someone you know who is deserving of peer recognition. Just review each award description and turn in your form to the SWANA office by April 1st.
Award Programs and Application
The Awards Program will include 6 separate categories consisting of:
- James S. Bridges Solid Waste Professional of the Year Award
- Kevin M. Bonzo Solid Waste Innovator Award
- Solid Waste Operator Award
- Young Professional of the Year
- Safety in Excellence Award
- Non-Member Recognition
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.
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 APPLICATION DEADLINE IS April 1, 2020. To apply, complete the attached application and return it to the Buckeye SWANA Awards Committee Chairperson, c/o Jim Skora, GT Environmental, Inc, 778 McCauley Road Suite 120, Stow, OH 44224 or email to email@example.com
Anne Fiehrer Flaig, Butler County Solid Waste and Recycling District
As the District Coordinator for Butler County Recycling and Solid Waste District for the past 11 years, Anne manages the system of waste management including various programs for recycling, waste reduction, and disposal for the single county district. Anne exemplifies the quality of an outstanding, dedicated leader, who possesses personal integrity and a thoughtful communicative style. An example of her integrity is her “selfless contribution” and dedication to the mission of the Butler County Recycling and Solid Waste District -with no expectation or desire for personal recognition.
Under Anne’s leadership she has set direction, built an inspiring vision, and created new programs. Her proactive vision allows her to bring more service options and longer terms of service to the County constituents while maintaining minimal fees necessary to provide an expected level of service. A few of her achievements include:
- Piloting and establishing a multi-family housing recycling program that has grown to 12 apartment communities reaching over 1350+ residential units.
- Utilizing tenant and landlord education to gain at least one new commercial business recycling program a year.
- Working with the schools to establish recycling programs. Namely guiding the eighth largest school district in the state in implementing a school district-wide recycling program for all classrooms and cafeterias.
- Expanding one-day management options for HHW, Freon appliances, and soon to come electronics to semi-permanent opportunities.
- Collaborating and guiding the P2 internship program to place interns to serve as temporary contractors for a 12-week summer internship at local manufacturers. The P2 collaboration has placed over 30 interns with over 24 area industries since inception, with collective savings of over 1.8 million.
- Reducing annual programming expenditures by over 40 percent.
Ottawa Sandusky Seneca Solid Waste Management District
Our award recipient made a significant change in the recycling drop off infrastructure for communities across the three-county area starting in 2012. Working with the communities, Policy Committee and Board of Directors, a new system of uniform recycling drop-off sites was designed that included over 41 full time sites open all year long. Our award recipient prepared a detailed RFP to solicit bids from the private sector to operate the program. The container and collection system employed was changed from open top roll off containers to 8 CY front load packer dumpsters. The system of collection allowed for significant improvements in efficiency and cost effectiveness. The containers are owned by our award recipient. The new program was renamed “Aim to be Green” and included a new logo, container specific graphics and instructions and a promotional campaign to explain the new program to our award recipient’s residents and businesses. Going on 6 years of operation, the Aim to be Green program has increased the amount of recyclables each year.
Robert Reiter, Southeast Ohio Solid Waste District
Our award recipient pioneered self-serve recycling transfer stations in 2014. The goal of the recycling transfer stations is to provide cost effective aggregation and transportation of collected single stream recyclables from our award recipient’s 6 county service area. Our award recipient developed two sites initially in 2014 and a third site is being developed in 2017. The innovated system developed includes the self serve operation of each site by pre-approved solid waste haulers and our award recipient’s contractors. The recycling transfer locations are secure and not publicly available. All of our award recipient’s community recycling drop-off site materials are delivered to the recycling transfer stations. Additional curbside and business recyclables are also transported to the transfer locations from communities in the region.
Each site is designed to include a compactor, associated conveyors, wheel or track-type loaders, and either ejector transfer trailers or compactor boxes. Users of the sites deliver their source separated single stream recyclables into the designated receiving area where the materials are then delivered via conveyor or loader to the stationary compactor. The compactor unit is directly connected to either a compactor box or ejector trailer. Once the compactor box or ejector trailer is full, our award recipient arranges for the transportation of box or trailer to an approved Material Recovery Facility for processing. This system of aggregation and efficient transportation of materials ensures our award recipient is positioned to cost effectively collect, transport and process single stream recyclable materials from its residents and businesses now and into the future.
Bruce Underwood, Athens/Hocking Recycling Center
Our award recipient began his career with the Athens-Hocking Recycling Center in 2014 as an attendant and within 8 months became the Executive Director. Prior to becoming the Executive Director of AHRC, our recipient worked for the recycling operation as a Sales Representative and secured contract bids, expanded their customer base and services including, rural route pick-ups with dual packer trucks for both trash and recycling and expanded single stream collection of recyclables, recycling of 1-7 plastics, and buying loads of recyclables from trash haulers.
Our award recipient manages an operation that has gone from 17 employees to 35 since 2013. Our award recipient was instrumental in the acquisition and development of a new MRF, a new fleet of vehicles to service their customers and manages a class two compost operation, a Center for Hard to Recycle Materials, and a cooking oil collection and processing operation. The new MRF, in operation now for over a year has consistently recovered 95% or better of materials from its recycling routes and what other companies’ haulers drop off.
Our award recipient successfully facilitated negotiating a contract that preserves excellent benefits for AHRC’s employees. AHRC is now a full union non-profit zero waste enabling organization to not only Athens and Hocking Counties but to other communities throughout SE Ohio. AHRC has doubled its processing of materials from 2500 tons per year to over 5000 tons per year and growing.
Lisa Beursken, Christie Lane Industries
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 and individual who have demonstrated unusually noteworthy achievements and/or highly significant contributions to the management of solid waste in Ohio. Our 6thaward recipient is the Community Activities Facilitator for Christie Lane Industries and the former District Coordinator for the Erie County Solid Waste Management District. She has 22 years of experience with over 10 years in solid waste management. During her tenure at Erie County, our Award recipient increase revenue, decreased expenses by 28%, increased recycling by 21%, developed her own solid waste plans, develop and obtained over $300,000 in grants over the years. Her current position at Christie Lane Industries has her working with communities on paper recycling and other opportunities to manage solid waste.
Triandos Howard, SWACO
Mr. Howard started at SWACO in 1993 and became a transfer station driver in 2000. Our award recipient has 17 years of experience driving tractor trailers with an outstanding safety record with no on-road vehicle accidents. Our award recipient is safety oriented and leads by example. Our award recipient is is well respected by all SWACO employees and trains new drivers in the transfer station when they are hired. Our award recipient was the first driver to complete the Smith System Defensive Driving training when it was implemented at SWACO.
Robert Viox, Rumpke Waste Services
Mr. Viox is the Operational Manager of the Dayton, Ohio District of Rumpke Waste and Recycling Services. Our award recipient has 21 years of experience at Rumpke working in various positions culminating in the Operations Manager position in 2005. Safety is a top priority for our award recipient. Through his leadership and hands on training, driving incidents have decreased significantly for 2017. Our award recipient has implemented a series of communication tactics and result driven programs including Heat Stress Prevention, Health Checks, Employee Recognition, Employee Communications and Remedial Training. These efforts have decreased incidents 8.8% over 2016 numbers. In addition, preventable chargeable incidents have been reduced by 54% in the same time period.
2016 James S. Bridges Solid Waste Professional of the Year – Barb Walton
Our award recipient began her career in the solid waste industry at the Carroll-Columbiana-Harrison Joint Solid Waste District in an administrative and programmatic role over 10 years ago. She was always an integral part of the management of the district and because of her efforts and contributions to the District, she was named the District’s Director in 2015. As Director, our award recipient was able to dramatically increase the recycling services offered to local communities. Some of her accomplishments include partnering with local famers to establish the State of Ohio’s first agricultural plastics recycling program, converting over 100 recycling drop-off sites to a more efficient front load system with site by site data collection and worked with the local park system to create recycling at youth camp events. Our award recipient, while writing her next solid waste plan, intends to develop a hard-to-recycle materials center and solid waste transfer station, creating an environmental crimes task force and offer incentives for communities to expand curbside recycling.
Ladies and gentlemen, your 2016 James S. Bridges Solid Waste Professional of the Year, Ms. Barb Walton, Director of the Carrol-Columbiana-Harrison Joint Solid Waste District.
2016 Solid Waste Operator of the Year – Kimble Companies
Our award recipient provides marketing, sales and program management for a very successful Ohio based residential, commercial and industrial solid waste management and collection company who has been in business since 1948. As a family-owned business based in Ohio, our award recipient’s company operates five state-of-the-art landfill locations and two recycling plants throughout its coverage area, where they handle more than 100,000 tons of recyclable material each year and employs more than 480 Ohioans in the solid waste management industry. In 2016, our award recipient company offered the first curbside recycling program in Medina County Ohio in over 23 years.
Our award recipients company also believes in lowering its carbon footprint by converting their fleet of vehicles to operate on compressed natural gas, returning cleaner air to their neighborhoods and cost-savings to their customers. To be a good neighbor and partner with its communities, our award recipients proudly supports events throughout their coverage area by donating services and resources.
In 2016, our award recipient was honored to accept the Best of the Best award from the Canton Repository for best garbage service as voted upon by their readers.
Ladies and gentlemen, your 2016 Solid Waste Operator of the Year Award goes to Mr. Don Johnson, from Kimble Recycling & Disposal, Inc.
2016 Kevin M. Bonzo Solid Waste Innovator of the Year – Tom Bandiera
Our award recipient is the Director of Service for the City of Solon in Northeast Ohio. He began working for the City in 1986 on the back of a trash and recycle truck as well as driving snow plows, brush collecting, tree remover, equipment operator, fleet manager, dispatching and ultimately worked his way to the Director of Service in 2008 which followed his father’s footsteps as a previous Service Director in the mid-80s.
Our award recipient’s accomplishments include converting the City from manual to automated collection that services over 7,300 residents, operating the longest serving Class 4 compost facility in the county, was the founder for the curbside recycling program for the City and championed expanded recycling services including household hazardous waste, electronics and organics. All of the programs under our award recipient’s direction have saved money for the City and operate efficiently.
Ladies and gentlemen, your 2016 Kevin M. Bonzo Solid Waste Innovator of the Year goes to Mr. Tom Bandiera, City of Solon.
2016 Young Solid Waste Professional of the Year – Michelle Balz
Our award recipient began her career with the Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District nearly 15 years ago beginning as a part time employee and then as a community/business specialist and has ascended to her current position as Assistant Solid Waste Manager. Our award recipients accomplishments include developing the District’s first multi-family recycling program in 2006, creating the “Recycle at Work” initiative for office complexes in Hamilton County, development of the bar and restaurant glass recycling program with 117 establishments participating, began a back yard composting program, authored the District’s first ever blog “Confessions of a Composter” bringing the District into the 21stcentury, acting as the District’s liaison to the 48 villages, cities and townships that make up the District for recycling initiatives and programs and writing the District’s solid waste plan without a consultant. She is a Board Member of AOR as well.
Ladies and gentlemen, your 2016 Young Solid Waste Professional of the Year, Ms. Michelle Balz, Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District.
2016 Non-Member Recognition – Ernie Stall, Ohio EPA
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 and individual who have demonstrated unusually noteworthy achievements and/or highly significant contributions to the management of solid waste in Ohio. Our 5thaward recipient is the interm supervisor for the Materials and Waste Management Division of Ohio EPA. Our award recipient started with Ohio EPA in the 90s in the planning unit where he has worked with solid waste districts on plan development. Our award recipients accomplishments include leading the effort for the development of the 2001 and 2009 State Solid Waste Plans, which is a monumental accomplishment on its own as the only EPA employee to survive 2 state plans, developed dozens of facts sheets and guidance documents on solid waste management and policies and is one of the founders of version 4.0 of the new plan format for solid waste district plans. Besides all his accomplishments, our award recipient is one of the nicest guys at Ohio EPA and is truly a pleasure to work with.
Ladies and gentlemen, your 2016 Non-Member Recognition Recipient goes to Ernie Stall, Ohio EPA.
Kathy Trent – Buckeye Chapter President
Kathy has been a member of SWANA for many years and a Board member for the last 4 years. Kathy has been our president for the past year and has provided great leadership for the Chapter including seeing us through a successful Wastecon Conference in Indianapolis with our partner the Indiana Chapter. Kathy navigated our quarterly meetings with professional organization, communication and a renewed sense of accountability for Board members and their responsibilities. Kathy also assisted in many of the committees of the chapter including chairing the executive committee. Today we want to recognize Kathy for her service to the Chapter as president from 2015-2016.
Tim Telepack– Buckeye Chapter Board Member
Tim has served the board from 2013 – 2016 and served on many committees.
Michael Greenberg– Buckeye Chapter Board Member
Michael has served the board for 20 years as a board member, president (twice), vice president, secretary, treasurer, past president and international board representative, many committees and sub-committees and recently the Co-Chair of the 2016 Wastecon Conference. Michael is leaving the board to become the secretary of SWANA at the national level and will eventually be president of SWANA national. Service from 1996 – 2016.
2015 James S. Bridges Solid Waste Professional of the Year – Gary Sheely
Our award recipient began his career in the solid waste industry at the City of Lima. He was instrumental in developing successful long term solid waste collection contracts for the residents of Lima. Our award recipient was one of the first to developed curbside recycling in the State of Ohio. Our award recipient was also one of the first to provide yard waste collection at the curb in bags. With three curbside services yielding impressive participation, our award recipient was also one of the first in the State of Ohio to provide automated carts to all residents for all three curbside services. The carts are owned by the City which allows for a seamless transition when new haulers are selected through the bid process. Our award recipient truly valued his customers, the residents of Lima and showed that with the cart program and three services at the curb, free bulky material disposal, up to 3 cubic yards per quarter, at the transfer station for all residents and numerous special collection events and clean-ups. Finally, with all the solid waste innovations and dedication our award recipient has shown throughout the years, he is also a pioneer in water and waste water treatment as well.\
Ladies and gentlemen, your 2015 James S. Bridges Solid Waste Professional of the Year, Mr. Gary Sheely, Utilities Director of the City of Lima.
2015 Solid Waste Operator of the Year – City of Oberlin
Our award recipient has managed and operated a successful residential and commercial solid waste collection system in Lorain County. The program provides service to over 2,000 residential accounts and provides over 80 commercial containers to commercial and institutional customers. In 2013, our award recipient commissioned a Zero Waste study in conjunction with the Lorain County Solid Waste Management District. The Zero Waste plan was adopted by our award recipient’s Board in May of 2014. The plan required a diversion goal of 90% by 2050 and include several phases to accomplish the goal. Phase I involved converting to full automated collection of trash and recyclables and switching to single stream recycling, conducting waste audits, special waste collections, organics recovery and multi-family residential recycling. Then there was the fire……which destroyed all of the refuse and recycling equipment and garage. After significant research and grant writing, the trucks were replaced with advanced automated collection trucks with hydraulic hybrid drive system technology, the garage was rebuilt, ordinances were changed and education was revamped, all within 9 months from the fire. The results speak for themselves, a 112% increase in recycling compared to the old system. Impressive.
Ladies and gentlemen, your 2015 Solid Waste Operator of the Year Award goes to Mr. Jeff Baumann, from the City of Oberlin.
2015 Kevin M. Bonzo Solid Waste Innovator of the Year – Chuck Bauer
Our award recipient was instrumental in the development of an innovative curbside recycling promotion and public relations campaign. Our award recipient desired to takes strides toward increasing recycling in local communities even when residents were raising questions and concerns. The transition from subscription trash service to contracted trash service has met resistance in some communities, but has reduced costs for households and increased recycling in communities around Ohio. Our award recipient initiated a bold new approach to educating communities about curbside recycling and the value of contracting for that service. The goal was simple, increase recycling, reduce costs, improve services and educate residents and elected officials. Our award recipient hired a PR firm to develop a program to sell the message, Take it to the Curb, with the good, better, best proposition. A web site was created, take2curb.org to explain the benefits of recycling and the good, better or best options for how to accomplish recycling in the community including a 90 second video explaining the options. Take it to the Curb means, Curb your Hassle, Curb your Waste, Curb your impact. The Take It to the Curb campaign provides an opportunity for communities to get everything they want in a trash service for a lower cost out of their pockets and a lower cost to the environment.
Ladies and gentlemen, your 2015 Kevin M. Bonzo Solid Waste Innovator of the Year goes to Mr. Chuck Bauer, Clark County Solid Waste District.
2015 Young Solid Waste Professional of the Year – Christopher Germain
Our award recipient has been involved in statewide solid waste management and planning since early in 2012. Our award recipient has worked on some of the most challenging projects and initiatives including the HB 592 review process and the EPA written plan for Portage County. The HB 592 review process involved the coordination of numerous stake holders and the compilation of hundreds of ideas and suggestions on changes to the law from every angle. Topics such as flow control, planning, fees, SWMD structure, health department relationships, CDD and more were discussed. The Portage County plan rewrite involved a significant effort to build consensus among communities with private and public sector service ramifications. Our award recipient worked intimately with the Portage County SWMD, their Policy Committee and the communities to find the middle ground for success. That middle ground was achieved, our award recipient survived, the solid waste district has a new roadmap to rebuild its infrastructure and service its residents and businesses. In addition, our award recipient has been involved in new ideas such as regional planning assignments for his agency, an overhaul of the ADR and better engagement with SWMD and Ohio EPA. Our award recipient truly has shown that he can navigate through many difficult and challenging solid waste management initiatives, all at a young tender age, with great success.
Ladies and gentlemen, your 1stever 2015 Young Solid Waste Professional of the Year, Mr. Christopher Germain, Solid Waste Planner for Ohio EPA.
2015 Non-Member Recognition – Adam Friedrick, Medina County Commissioner
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 and individual who have demonstrated unusually noteworthy achievements and/or highly significant contributions to the management of solid waste in Ohio. Our 4thaward recipient is a County Commissioner for Medina County. He is presently the President of the Commission and the Chairman for the Policy Committee for the Medina County SWMD for the past two years. During the last two years, Medina County has undergone a significant change in the way solid waste is and will be managed into the future. Through a series of significant planning processes, unforeseen circumstances, new opportunities, countless community meetings, more unforeseen circumstances, political processes, even more unforeseen circumstances, transitions in solid waste management philosophies and a regulatory process with timelines that can’t be changed, our award recipient provided leadership and guidance through the process. Our award recipient was committed to understanding all the details and facts and made sure all who were involved in the process also understood the facts and details so sound decisions could be made for the betterment of Medina County. The results of our award recipients efforts, and as he always says the real folks that were the boots on the ground that made it happen, was a newly approved solid waste management plan for Medina County with new opportunities for recycling and solid waste management.
Ladies and gentlemen, your 2015 Non-Member Recognition Recipient goes to Commissioner Adam Friedrick from Medina County.
Diane Bickett – Buckeye Chapter President
Diane has been a member of SWANA for many years and a Board member for the last 8 years. Diane has been our president for the past year and has provided great leadership for the Chapter including seeing us through another successful Partner’s Conference and the beginning stages of preparing for co-sponsoring the 2016 Wastecon in Indianapolis with the Indiana Chapter. Diane navigated our quarterly meetings with professional organization, communication and a renewed sense of accountability for Board members and their responsibilities. Diane also assisted in many of the committees of the chapter including chairing the executive committee. Today we want to recognize Diane for her service to the Chapter as president from 2014-2015.
2014 James S. Bridges Solid Waste Professional of the Year – Diane T. 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
Our 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
Our 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.
Albert Iosue – Buckeye Chapter President
Albert 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.
Tim Wasserman began his solid waste management career in 1988 working for Sandusky County Recycling and Litter Prevention.Tim began working for the Ottawa-Sandusky-Seneca Joint Solid Waste Management District where he became the Director in 1991. Tim is a past president of the Organization of Solid Waste Districts of Ohio and also a past Solid Waste Advisory Committee member for the State of Ohio. Under Tim’s leadership, he recently revamped the recycling drop-off program in the three county area to include over 40 full time drop-off sites while saving over $100,000 in expenses annually. He also rebranded the District recycling program called “Aim to be Green”. Tim is also a graduate of Bowling Green State University.
2013 Solid Waste Operator of the Year – JB Green Team
The JB Green Team consists of the Jefferson-Belmont Regional Solid Waste Management Authority. The JB Green Team recently finished a complete overhaul of its recycling program and Authority operations. The process began with a comprehensive evaluation of Authority programs and administrative organization. The results of the study provided impetus for the Authority to rebrand itself into the JB Green Team and to completely upgrade its recycling drop-off program. The program transitioned from the use of barns and trailers to a state of the art high compaction and efficient front loader packer truck drop-off system that employed the use of 6 cubic yard dumpsters with unique graphics. Over 200 sites are served by the JB Green Team ranging from public access sites to schools and businesses. The study also recommended that the Authority down size its operations from 3 offices to 2 and eventually to 1. Accepting the award for the JB Green Team was Mr. Cliff Meyer, Executive Director.
2013 Kevin M. Bonzo Solid Waste Innovator of the Year – Ken Kovatch
Our innovator award goes to Mr. Ken Kovatch, President of RET3 Job Corp, an electronics recycler in Cleveland Ohio. Ken created RET3 in 2003 to serve the growing need to recycle computers and electronics in Ohio and the region. RET3 is a non-for-profit organization that not only provides eco-friendly end-of-life management of electronics but also provides valuable training to its employees to better themselves and their careers. RET3 also refurbishes computers and donates them to inner city schools. To date, over 3 million pounds of computers have been recycled or refurbished by RET3. Ken also created a statewide program with the Ohio Penal Industries called Computers for Education of Ohio. Accepting the award is Ken’s son Kenny Kovatch.
2013 Non-Member Recognition – Larry Long
Larry Long recently retired as the Executive Director of the County Commissioners Association of Ohio (CCAO) where he served since 1974. Larry became the Director in 1986 and was previously the Assistant Director since 1982. Larry was heavily involved in the HB592 process back in 1988 where he set-up 5 regional meetings with Commissioners to review the newly proposed law. Larry created the solid waste handbook for County Commissioners in 1993 and updated the handbook in 2008. Larry has worked tirelessly as an advocate for solid waste management in Ohio amongst his other duties at CCAO. Pictured with Larry to his right is Brad Cole whole worked hand in hand with Larry on solid waste issues across Ohio.
2013 Service Awards
Holly has been our president for the past year and has provided great leadership for the Chapter including seeing us through the Ohio EPA HB592 review. Holly conducted our quarterly meetings flawlessly with great organization and time management. Holly also assisted in many of the committees of the chapter including chairing the executive committee, programs and arrangements committee, meetings, education and technical sessions subcommittee, by-laws committee, legislative subcommittee and nominating committee.
Pat has been a member of SWANA for over 16 years years and a Board member for 16 years. Pat has served as the Chapter’s president and all other officer positions. Pat retired from the board in 2007 before coming back in 2010 and is now retiring once again. Pat also served the Board as a member of the International Board for SWANA. Pat was also the previous Executive Director of the Cuyahoga County Solid Waste Management District.
Mike retired from the Board after 24 years of service. Mike has served as Chapter President as well as all other officer positions. Mike served on the membership committee, programs and arrangements committee and was the chair of the meetings, education and technical sessions committee.
2012 James S. Bridges Solid Waste Professional of the Year – Bill Strazinsky
Our award recipient began his solid waste management career in 1987 working for Waste Management after a successful career in the trucking industry. In 1990, our award recipient was hired by the Medina County Sanitary Engineer as the newly formed District’s first Solid Waste Coordinator. In this position, our award recipient contributed to the development of the Districts first Solid Waste Management Plan that included flow control and the construction of the State’s first dirty MRF. In 1997, Medina County’s MRF won a Recycling Silver Award for Excellence in Municipal Solid Waste Management under our award recipients leadership. Also in 1997, the District gained OEPA approval to construct the State’s only Class I composting operation. Our award recipients sense of humor, showmanship and industry knowledge yarn made him a favorite facility tour guide among adults and school children. Our award recipient continues to be active with SWANA and the Organics Recycling Association of Ohio.
Ladies and gentlemen, your 2012 James S. Bridges Solid Waste Professional of the Year, Mr. Bill Strazinsky, Medina County Solid Waste Management District Coordinator.
2012 Solid Waste Operator of the Year
In 2004 our award recipient identified the need improve its very successful household hazardous waste (HHW) program that has operated since 1995. During the solid waste Plan Update process in 2004, our award recipients technical advisory committee and municipal service directors indicated that the residents of the County needed a permanent solution to HHW management. In response to this solid waste management issue along with other efficiency issues, our award recipient commissioned the development of a Special Waste Convenience Center (SWCC) where municipalities/townships can bring previously collected HHW throughout the year. In addition the SWCC will contain the offices of the District. Our award recipient began the development of the facility in 2009 with operations beginning in April of 2011. The facility was recycled from a previous bowling alley complex with some of the alley material used inside the offices. Starting in 2013, our award recipient will evaluate the opportunities to utilize the SWCC to collect additional special wastes for recycling or reuse including possibly: Books, Fluorescent bulbs, Shrink wrap, Shoes, Bicycles, Carpet, Plant containers, Styrofoam, Small Quantity Exempt Hazardous Waste and Electronics and TVs.
Ladies and gentlemen, your 2012 Solid Waste Operator of the Year Award goes to the Cuyahoga County Solid Waste Management District for their Special Waste Convenience Center. Accepting the award is Diane Bickett, Executive Director.
2012 Kevin M. Bonzo Solid Waste Innovator of the Year– City of Columbus, quasar energy and SWACO
Our innovator award goes to a partnership between a major city in central ohio, a solid waste management authority and an organic waste to energy company. Our award recipients are being honored today for their development of an innovative solid waste management facility that is fueled by waste, cuts pollution and produces energy and cost savings. Our award recipients began the development of the facility back in 2004 when an RFP was issued for interested parties to develop beneficial uses for bio-solids. Construction began in May of 2010 for a state of the art anaerobic digester to process sewage sludge, fats/oil/greases, food waste, industrial organic process waste and other organic solid wastes. The facility is designed to accept 90,000 wet tons annually which in turn can generate 2.6 million gasoline gallon equivalents of compressed natural gas used for vehicle fuel. This fuel sells for $2.25 per gasoline gallon equivalent, a savings of $2.00 per gallon of diesel fuel. Compressed natural gas vehicles produce 60-75% less pollutants compared to gasoline and diesel fueled vehicles and also reduces our reliance on foreign oil sources. In addition to these savings and benefits, the City saves approximately $9.00 per ton on disposal fees using the anaerobic digester versus a landfill which annually saves over $230,000.
Ladies and gentlemen, your 2012 Kevin M. Bonzo Solid Waste Innovator of the Year goes to the City of Columbus, quasar energy group and the Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio. Accepting this award is Rob Van Evra and John Hoff from the City of Columbus, Mel Kurtz from quasar energy and Ron Mills from SWACO.
2012 Non-Member Recognition – Commissioner Todd Portune, Hamilton County
For 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 first recognition recipient has chaired the Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District’s Policy Committee since 2001. Our recognition recipient has been instrumental in establishing a vision for the District, developing innovative recycling projects, expanding District programs and promoting recycling and waste reduction throughout Hamilton County. Under our recognition recipient’s leadership, the District has been able to exceed the State of Ohio’s recycling rates for all sectors and all other State solid waste management goals in Hamilton County. Our recognition recipient also helped create a unique paper recycling program form office buildings called Recycle at Work. This program has served over 280 companies serving more than 61,000 employees. Our recognition recipient also was instrumental in piloting Recycle Bank in a community in Hamilton County, developing a bar/restaurant recycling program and the development of a permanent HHW program for all county residents.
Ladies and gentlemen, your 2012 Non-Member Recognition Recipient goes to Commissioner Todd Portune from the great County of Hamilton.
Service Awards – Tony DiPuccio
Tony has been a member of SWANA for 10 years and a Board member for 5 years. Tony has been our president for the past year and has provided great leadership for the Chapter including seeing us through our bi-annual Tri-State Conference at The Ohio State University. Tony navigated our quarterly meetings with a renewed sense of organization and time management. Tony also assisted in many of the committees of the chapter including chairing the executive committee, scholarship committee and programs and arrangements committee. Today we want to recognize Tony for his service to the Chapter as president from 2011-2012.
2010 James S. Bridges Solid Waste Professional of the Year – Dan Billman
Our award recipient was the Director of the Lorain County Solid Waste District for 10 years and retired this past summer. Our award recipient has been a member of SWANA over the past ten years, the past President of the Association of Ohio Recyclers and the Organization of Solid Waste District of Ohio. Our award recipient has accomplished many things in his solid waste management career including the development of Ohio’s first county wide volume based incentive program for curbside recycling.
Our award recipient coordinated a process of changing the way trash and recyclables were going to be collected in the county. Under the Direction of our award recipient, the District’s Board of Directors and Policy Committee developed a new grant system that incentified communities to switch their current trash and recycling collection system to a volume based collection program. To date 13 communities have switch to the volume based system out of 34 communities. The early results show that 11 of the 13 communities have shown significant increases in recycling.
Our award recipient has also coordinated the development of a comprehensive permanent collection program for special materials such as HHW, electronics and scrap tires. The collection center opened this past summer and will be operated year round.
Finally, our award recipient also managed a permanent fluorescent bulb and ballast collection program and revolving loan program to promote recycling in Lorain County.
Ladies and gentlemen, your 2010 James S. Bridges Solid Waste Professional of the Year, Mr. Dan Billman.
2010 Solid Waste Operator of the Year
Our award recipient recently converted from their manual refuse and recyclables collection program to a fully automated system. The old manual system required residents to bag their own trash and separate recyclables into numerous categories. The award recipient used old style rear load packer trucks with multiple employees operating each vehicle which resulted in higher costs to operate and increased worker injuries and workers compensation claims.
To address these issues and inefficiencies, our award recipient first implemented a pilot program for automated refuse and recycling collection services in 2009. The automated collection program was designed to make refuse and recycling collection easier, more cost efficient, reduce on?the?job injuries of employees and increase recycling, which prolongs the life of the award recipient’s landfill.
After achieving the goals and measures set for the pilot program, our award recipient created a permanent automated collection program for refuse and recyclables. Residents were provided 96 gallon wheeled carts for refuse and recyclables. Recyclables are collected as a single stream.
Ladies and gentlemen, your 2010 Solid Waste Operator of the Year Award goes to the great City of Toledo. Accepting the award is Service Director Ed Irelan.
RENAMING OF INOVATOR AWARD
Our final membership award in the Solid Waste Innovator of the Year. This award has been renamed by the Chapter Board of Directors in honor of Kevin M. Bonzo. Kevin passed away this past April. Kevin’s involvement with the SWANA Buckeye Chapter began back in 1995. Kevin was chapter president from 1998-1999. Kevin also served SWANA national as Special Waste Division Director from 2001-2003. More recently, Kevin assisted the Chapter with the development and management of the Chapter Web site and served on the Program and Arrangements and Nominating committees. Kevin retired from the Chapter Board of Directors in 2006 but remained active in solid waste management until his passing.
Kevin had a great sense of humor, was hard working, was an innovator in the solid waste industry and above all, a great husband to Mary, a great father to Derrick and Ryan his sons, and an all around great man. We miss him very much. So It is with great pride that this award will now be named the Kevin M. Bonzo Solid Waste Innovator of the Year Award.
Today, we have in attendance his wife Mary, mother-in-law Violet and sister-in-law Colleen. Please give a warm welcome to them and extend our condolences.
2010 Kevin M. Bonzo Solid Waste Innovator of the Year – Steve Vinny
For nearly 20 years our award recipient has been a constant innovator in the field of solid waste management. In 1992 our award recipient built the Medina County Central Processing Facility which was and still is the only mixed waste processing facility in Ohio. In 1998, our award recipient designed and permitted the first and only Class I compost facility in Ohio which processes mixed solid waste and organics to produce an industrial compost product. In 2007, our award recipient was awarded a United States Patent for his design of an air splitter plate to separate the light combustible fraction from mixed solid waste. As a result, our award recipient created an engineered fuel from mixed solid waste that can burn cleanly in existing coal fired boilers. In 2008, our award recipient developed a modular designed waste processing and recycling system called MiniMRF. This system is designed to remove compostables and metals at a rate of up to 100 tons per hour and can be expanded to produce engineered fuel or fiber and plastic separation.
Ladies and gentlemen, your 2010 Kevin M. Bonzo Solid Waste Innovator of the Year, Mr. Steve Viny.
Service Awards – Dan Graeter
Dan has been our president for the past two years. Dan has provided great leadership for the Chapter. Dan was responsible for the creating the highly successful Tri-State Conference in 2008 and again in 2010. In 2008, along with the TriState Committee, Dan orchestrated the first conference in Cincinnati. In 2010, the conference moved to Indianapolis. Dan was able to coordinate between the Ohio Buckeye Chapter, Indiana Chapter and Kentucky Chapter to make these events very successful. Today we want to recognize Dan for his service to the Chapter as president from 2008-2010.
2009 James S. Bridges Solid Waste Professional of the Year Award
The James S. Bridges Solid Waste Professional of the Year Award is given out each year to an individual who have provided valuable services and exemplary contributions to the Chapter and the field of solid waste management.
This year’s award recipient currently works for the City of Columbus Refuse Collection Department. Our award recipient is responsible for many aspects of solid waste collection and recycling in the City of Columbus. Our award recipient has been actively involved with the Ohio Buckeye Chapter since 1997 when she assisted her boss at the time, John Johnson, with the Treasurer responsibilities for the Chapter as well as coordinating many activities for the Chapter’s Annual meetings and quarterly Board Meetings.
Our award recipient became a full time board member in 2003 and has served as the Chapter’s Secretary and more recently as the current Treasurer. Unfortunately, because of budgetary constraints at the City, our award recipient will be leaving the Board and will be sorely missed for her leadership, contributions to the Chapter and her passion for solid waste management in Ohio.
Ladies and gentlemen, I am proud to present to you today, your 2009 James S. Bridges Solid Waste Professional of the year Award to Ms. Judy Johnson.
2009 Solid Waste Innovator Award
The Solid Waste Innovator Award is given out each year to an individual who has 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.
This year’s award recipient began a process of changing the way trash and recyclables were going to be collected in the county. Our award recipient’s is a solid waste district that granted money to political subdivisions to off-set the cost of either curbside or drop-off recycling programs. As the years went on, this grant became expected, like an entitlement. Recycling program performance did not increase over time and became stagnant by 2005. As the District began updating their solid waste management plan, it became obvious that a change in the grant program was needed. The District’s Board of Directors and Policy Committee developed a new grant system that provides incentives to communities to switch their current trash and recycling collection system to a volume based collection program. At the same time, the District’s primary residential hauler, Allied Waste (now Republic) desired to develop automated collection of trash and recyclables throughout the county. The District jumped on the opportunity to incorporate the automated wheeled cart system into the volume based collection program. The District created a detailed specification on what constituted a volume based collection system and modified the grant program to incentify communities to switch to the new system. The new grant program continued funding the status quo programs from 2007-2009. Additional incentive finds were available to the larger communities to conduct pilot studies on the volume based system. If a community did not switch to an approved volume based system by 2010, then the grant funds available dropped significantly. To date 13 communities have switch to the volume based system out of 34 communities. The early results show that 11 of the 13 communities have shown significant increases in recycling. This is the first county wide volume based program in the State of Ohio and is why the District is being honored with this award.
Ladies and gentlemen, I am proud to present to you today, your 2009 Solid Waste Innovator Award to the Lorain County Solid Waste Management District. Accepting the award is the District Director, Mr. Dan Billman.
2009 Solid Waste Operator of the Year
The Solid Waste Operator of the Year Award is given out each year to an operator who has demonstrated unusually noteworthy achievements and/or highly significant contributions to the solid waste management industry.
Our award recipient was directly responsible for implementing the following at the Franklin County Sanitary Landfill:
- OFFERS FRANKLIN COUNTY RESIDENTS AND BUSINESSES A TIPPING FEE THAT IS $10.00 PER TON BELOW THE NEXT AVAILABLE LANDFILL
- IMPLEMENTED ALTERNATE DAILY COVER MATERIALS – POSI-SHELL, PRO-GUARD
- IMPLEMENTED GPS TECHNOLOGY ON ALL FILLING / CONSTRUCTION OPERATIONS
- vUSED RECYCLED CONCRETE MATERIALS FOR POND BAFFLE AND ROAD CONSTRUCTION
- CONDUCTED CAD MODELING OF ALL LANDFILL SEQUENCES PRIOR TO FILLING
- OPENED TWO NEW CELLS IN YEAR
- IMPLEMENTED PRODUCTIVITY AND MAINTENANCE TRACKING SYSTEMS
- UPDATED EMPLOYEE TRAINING PROGRAMS FOR SAFETY, POLICIES AND PROCEDURES AND HAZARDOUS WASTE IDENTIFICATION
- NO ENVIRONMENTAL VIOLATIONS FOR 2008
Ladies and gentlemen, I am proud to present to you today, your 2009 Solid Waste Operator of the Year Award to the Mr. Jack Stacy from the Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio.