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County Awarded for Excellence in Solid Waste Management

By Aug 15, 2017 - Recycle

We are proud to share that the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) recently awarded the County's Resource Recovery and Waste Management Division (RRWMD) with its Silver Excellence Award in Integrated Solid Waste Management Systems.

The annual awards program recognizes outstanding solid waste programs and facilities that advance the economically and environmentally sound management of solid waste through utilizing effective technologies and processes in system design and operations, advancing worker and community health and safety, and implementing successful public education and outreach programs.

Awarded programs also must demonstrate that they are fiscally and environmentally responsible through their compliance with all applicable federal, state and local regulations.  

"RRWMD operates as a lean, service-oriented business within an enterprise fund, where all activities are routinely evaluated for productivity and cost-effectiveness," said Public Works Deputy Director Mark Schleich, who oversees the waste management division.

"The organization's success is due to the ongoing investment in infrastructure and dedication to mitigating the environmental impact of our waste. It is not enough for us to just manage our community's waste, but to exemplify leadership and reflect our community's values when doing so."

The award will be presented at SWANA's annual conference on Tuesday, September 26 in Baltimore, Maryland. The entry can be accessed on SWANA's website.

About the Resource Recovery and Waste Management Division

The RRWMD of the County's Public Works Department provides a variety of solid waste and recycling services for residents and businesses throughout Santa Barbara County. RRWMD's responsibilities include operation of County-owned facilities, which include a landfill, two recycling centers, and two transfer stations. The division is also responsible for managing a hazardous waste collection facility, regional planning, contracted trash and recycling services, and public education.


For more than 50 years, the Solid Waste Association of North America has been the leading professional association in the solid waste field. The association serves more than 9,000 members throughout North America, and thousands more with conferences, certifications, publications, and technical training courses.

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