2012 Multi-Family Property Recycling Awards
Awards given by Solid Waste Services
Continued Excellence in Recycling
Awarded to multi-family properties, property management companies, and resident recycling committees that throughout the years continue to excel in their recycling efforts.
Andrew Kim House
In 2011, the Andrew Kim House in Olney recycled almost 45 percent of its waste stream, maintaining its recycling rate from 2010. The management company provides a very clean and well monitored recycling program specifically geared for their residents.
The Bennington at Silver Spring
From the first day the property opened, the management company at the Bennington made recycling a priority. They have maintained a successful recycling program over the years by consistently monitoring and adapting their program to the needs of their residents. As an example, they provided a scrap metal recycling container in each trash room for the convenience of their residents. Their proactive attitude regarding recycling resulted in an overall recycling rate of 62.3 percent in 2011.
Congressional Towers Apartment Homes
Over the years, Congressional Towers Apartment Homes has continued to expand and improve their recycling program. The property has added recycling containers for increased capacity within the building for the convenience of their residents to recycle more. The property also conducts resident recycling education events to maintain high recycling standards. Through these efforts, Congressional Towers recycled over 48 percent of their waste stream in 2011.
Eastern Village Cohousing
Recycling more than 49 percent of their waste stream in 2011, Eastern Village Cohousing has a consistently neat, orderly, well labeled and well monitored recycling program. Just one look at their recycling and refuse collection areas confirms the existence of a great recycling program.
Jefferson at Inigo’s Crossing
A good recycling program starts at the top with management support and Jefferson at Inigo’s Crossing is a prime example. The property management appreciates the need to operate a “green” building and a significant element is an effective recycling program. The management is responsive to suggestions from both residents and the TRRAC program and as a result, achieved a recycling rate of 48 percent in 2011.
Monitoring the recycling program and maintaining a clean well-labeled recycling and refuse collection area is not a fluke for Sudbury House. The property is conducive to suggestions to increase recycling achievement and the property manager is proactive in keeping the recycling program up to date, resulting in a recycling rate of more than 49 percent in 2011.
Wentworth House Apartments
If improvements are needed at Wentworth House Apartments, the property manager will make it happen. The property responds to resident requests and has held a number of recycling educational events to further educate their residents about the property’s recycling efforts. In 2011, the property recycled 44 percent of its waste stream, up from 23 percent in 2010.
- Willow Wood Condominiums
Willow Wood Condominiums recycled more than 43 percent of its waste stream in 2011. Property staff consistently maintains a high level of expectation when it comes to their recycling program. The recycling collection sites are always clean and neat and the property manager ensures the property has the most updated recycling labels and posters at each collection area.
Excellence in Recycling
Awarded to multi-family properties, property management companies, and resident recycling committees that established and/or contributed to excellent recycling programs
8045 at Silver Spring Metro
Residents living at 8045 at Silver Spring Metro take the initiative to educate their neighbors about recycling and maintain a top notch recycling program. Their efforts and concern with good recycling habits can been seen in the very clean, up to date and well labeled containers in their trash rooms – all combining to result in a 64 percent recycling rate in 2011.
Churchill Senior Living
The staff and residents at Churchill Senior Living both take pride in their recycling program. Management has always set high goals regarding their recycling program and residents actively participate by recycling everything that can be recycled. Their 77 percent recycling rate in 2011 is proof of their efforts.
Meridian at Grosvenor Station
Even prior to opening, the management of The Meridian at Grosvenor Station sought out help from the TRRAC Program to ensure they had an appropriate recycling program in place for their residents. The property provides residents with numerous resident recycling educational events as well as paper shredding and recycling and household good donation collection events. These efforts resulted in a 70 percent recycling rate on 2011 compared to 53 percent in 2010.
In 2011, The Middlebrooke recycled 72 percent of their waste stream, up from 52 percent in 2010. The property faced some difficult challenges due to lack of space in the building, but the property management worked to increase recycling container capacity and posted educational recycling labels and posters to educate residents about their recycling program.
- Victory Terrace
Victory Terrace in Potomac manages a superb recycling program and has maintained a successful recycling program over the years. Starting with a positive attitude from property management and the full cooperation of residents, they consistently recycle more than 50 percent of their waste stream. In 2011, Victory Terrace recycled 82 percent of their overall waste stream.
Outstanding Improvement in Recycling
Awarded to multi-family properties that made significant improvements to their recycling programs.
Asbury Methodist Village
Asbury Methodist Village in Gaithersburg is a large senior community which demonstrates its’ respect for the environment by making recycling a priority. Staff and resident recycling education is an ongoing process at Asbury. All educational recycling posters and signage has been updated and resident education is an on-going activity at Asbury. As a result of their efforts, Asbury Methodist Village recycled 44 percent of their waste in 2011.
Covenant Village recycled 41 percent of their waste stream in 2011, up from 36 percent in 2010, and continues efforts to improve upon its recycling efforts. The pride staff takes in their recycling program is obvious and is passed on to their residents. The end result is they keep recycling more and more materials.
The Grand has implemented improvements to increase recycling achievement at the property. The property provided additional mixed paper recycling containers in convenient locations to provide residents with the opportunity to recycle more paper. Additionally, property management staff has conducted numerous staff and resident recycling educational opportunities to inform residents about the do’s and don’ts of recycling. In 2011, The Grand recycled 67 percent of their waste stream.
The Manor Apartments
The Manor Apartments in Silver Spring took initiative to improve their recycling program – by not only replacing their wheeled carts with larger-sized recycling dumpsters but also by decreasing the size of their trash dumpsters. While their initial efforts had its challenges with such a major change, the property management stayed focused and increased monitoring of collection areas and provided staff and resident education – resulting in a successful recycling program for a garden-style property. In 2011, Manor Apartments recycled 30 percent of its waste stream.
Outstanding Individual Achievement in Recycling
Awarded to individuals at multi-family properties for their outstanding efforts to improve recycling programs and/or increase resident recycling awareness and participation.
Bonnie & Tom Balzer - Riderwood
For many years, Bonnie and Tom Balzer have been instrumental in promoting and improving the recycling program at Riderwood in Silver Spring. Tom and Bonnie continue to educate their neighbors about the importance of recycling by hosting educational events throughout the property. Working with property staff, they created additional recycling opportunities for Riderwood residents including collection programs for batteries, mercury thermometers, electronics, plastic bags and compact fluorescent bulbs.
Lance Connolly – Asbury Methodist Village
Mr. Lance Connolly is the Director of Housekeeping and Laundry for Asbury Methodist Village. Mr. Connolly assumed the position over eight months ago and hit the ground running. His goal is to have the best recycling program possible for all of their residents. Mr. Connolly has provided training for staff, educational opportunities for residents, and instituted changes to improve the recycling program.
- Ellie Hughes – Woodleaf Apartments
Ms. Ellie Hughes has been the property manager for Woodleaf Apartments for many years. Ms. Hughes has always monitored the property’s recycling program carefully and has been proactive in keeping up to date regarding the County’s recycling requirements. Ms. Hughes maintains a positive attitude regarding the importance of a successful recycling program and constantly seeks ways to continue improve the recycling efforts at Woodleaf Apartments.