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Pinellas County Utilities recognized for excellence To receive award
April 6, 2011
Pinellas County Utilities’ electronics and chemical collection program has been recognized for its environmental and community impact. An initiative of Solid Waste Operations, the program was selected as winner of the 2011 NAHMMA Florida-Caribbean Chapter’s Long-standing Program Excellence Award. NAHMMA is the North American Hazardous Materials Management Association.
The award recognizes programs that have been in operation for 20 years or more and have consistently delivered excellent service and value to their community and profession.
The program includes the popular mobile collection events, Household Electronics and Chemical Collection Center (HEC3), Swap Shop, EnviroBusiness events and the Haz-to-Go trailer. Participation has increased each year and a total of more than 17 million pounds of hazardous waste have been collected since the program began in 1991. Last year alone, over 40,800 residents and businesses dropped off over three million pounds of hazardous electronics and chemicals. These electronics and chemical collection efforts help keep hazardous items out of the waste stream where, without proper handling, they can end up in the Waste-to-Energy facility or landfill, and have the potential to contaminate our air, ground and surface water. The award will be formally presented at the Florida Caribbean Chapter’s annual workshop to be held this May in Lakeland. Award nominees from the chapter will be automatically entered into competition with NAHMMA for possible national recognition.