Republic Services Inc., Phoenix, has announced the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA), Silver Spring, Maryland, has named the company’s Pacific Region Compost Facility (PRC) in Corvallis, Oregon, the winner of the Silver Excellence Award in the Composting Systems category.
The award was presented at SWANA’s annual conference Wastecon Sept. 26 in Baltimore.
As one of the largest composting facilities in Oregon, the PRC processes more than 120,000 tons of residential yard waste, residential organics and commercial food scraps each year, producing a compost used for area agricultural, landscaping and gardening purposes. In 2010, the PRC became the first Oregon compost facility to be approved for special types of organics composting (known as Type 3), including proteins, dairy and all food scraps, according to Republic.
“We are honored to receive this recognition,” says Shawn Edmonds, general manager of Republic’s western Oregon operations. “Organics are a fast growing part of an evolving waste stream and represent nearly 30 percent of what Americans discard daily. Running a composting facility of this magnitude and caliber is a major undertaking, and this recognition could not have happened without the support of our team members and many local leaders and community partners.”
SWANA’s Excellence Awards Program recognizes outstanding solid waste programs and facilities that advance the practice of environmentally and economically sound solid waste management through their commitment to using effective technologies and processes in system design and operations, advancing worker and community health and safety, and implementing successful public education and outreach programs. Programs also must demonstrate that they are fiscally and environmentally responsible through their compliance with all applicable federal, state and local regulations, says SWANA.
Republic Services announced in June 2017 that the Oregon Recycling Association had recognized its PRC facility with the Recycler of the Year Award. The award was presented at the Association of Oregon Recyclers’ annual conference in Gleneden Beach, Oregon.
Republic Services is a U.S. recycling and nonhazardous solid waste company. Through its subsidiaries, Republic’s collection companies, recycling centers, transfer stations and landfills focus on making proper waste disposal effortless for its 14 million customers.