Los Alamos County Wins SWANA 2013 Excellence Award

COUNTY News:

The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) is pleased to announce that Los Alamos County Environmental Services Division has been named the winner of the SWANA Silver Excellence Award in the Landfill Re-Use category.

The award will be presented at SWANA’s annual conference, WASTECON® Sept. 17, in Long Beach, Calif.

The Los Alamos County Environmental Services Division will receive SWANA’s Excellence Award for its entry “Transforming a Closed Landfill into a Sustainability Asset.” Converting a closing landfill into a sustainability asset for the community was successfully achieved through the County’ expansion of recycling opportunities and the construction of the LEED-certified Eco Station (transfer station.)

Additionally, Los Alamos partnered with the State of New Mexico, Japan’s New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO), and Los Alamos National Lab (LANL) to convert the brown field into a state-of-the-art solar photovoltaic installation as part of the U.S.-Japan Demonstration Smart Grid Project – a research test bed to demonstrate how to introduce high penetration renewable energy onto an electric grid to meet a residential community’s needs.

It is the first solar project in New Mexico to be built on a former landfill.

Through its promotion of reuse, recycling and renewable energy, this project will greatly benefit current and future generations. In addition, the research associated with the solar photovoltaic system and smart grid portion of the project will help advance the deployment and development of renewable energy around the world.

“It is gratifying to be recognized by SWANA for our landfill closure project. By turning the closed landfill into a sustainability asset the County has not only created a better community for current and future generations but the research being performed here could contribute to sustainable solutions world-wide. I would like to thank Environmental Services and Department of Public Utilities staff for all their hard work, and Japan’s New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization for partnering on this project,” said Harry Burgess, Los Alamos County Administrator.

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

 About SWANA:

For more than 50 years, the Solid Waste Association of North America has been the leading professional association in the solid waste field. Our association serves over 8,000 members throughout North America, and thousands more with conferences, certifications, publications and technical training courses.

 

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