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For Immediate Release: 8/20/2009
County’s Recycling Center Receives Excellence Award

Montgomery County’s Recycling Center has received the 2009 Recycling Systems Silver Excellence Award from the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA), in recognition of outstanding levels of performance in several areas.

SWANA’s Excellence Awards Program recognizes outstanding solid waste programs and facilities that promote socially, environmentally and economically sound management of solid waste. Award recipients demonstrate their commitment to environmental regulation compliance, program efficiency, safety and progress.

Recycling Center staff recently completed their third consecutive injury-free work year; added processing of other plastics, such as yogurt and cottage cheese containers, lids for these containers, plastic flower pots and large plastic pails; averaged approximately just six minutes per day of processing down-time; and, switched to a work week of four 10-hour days, while maintaining previous hourly production rates.

“This award is a great honor,” said Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett, “and we deeply appreciate SWANA’s recognition of a significant component in our recycling program. The Recycling Center typifies the high level of performance seen in all our solid waste facilities.”

More than 135,000 school children have toured the Recycling Center since its inception in 1991and received a first-hand look at how recyclables are processed and learned about the benefits of recycling.

Operated by the Department of Environmental Protection’s Division of Solid Waste Services, the Recycling Center previously received SWANA excellence awards in 2004 and in 2007.

The winners will be highlighted in SWANA’S publications, including “MSW Management,” the organization’s official journal. The award will be presented next month at SWANA’s WASTECON 2009 in Long Beach, California.

The Recycling Center is located at 16105 Frederick Rd. (Rt. 355) south of Shady Grove Rd. next to the County’s Transfer Station.

For more information about the Recycling Center, visit, click on Facilities, then Recycling Center.

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Release ID: 09-332
Media Contact: Bonnie Ayers 240-777-6507

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