Two locations recognized for environmental
Geneva Landfill and Phoenix ops take home trophies
Houston – On Feb. 17, Waste Management celebrated the 2013 winners of its Excellence in
Environmental Performance Award, which went to:
- Disposal: Geneva Landfill – Geneva, Ohio
- Non-Disposal: Surprise MRF, Deer Valley Transfer, Phoenix North & South
Hauling – Phoenix, Ariz.
The Excellence in Environmental Performance Award underscores the company’s commitment
to sustainability and the communities it serves. Beginning this year, the company will recognize
two top performers, one in the disposal line of business and one representing all other lines of
business, for year-long performances across five elements:
- Awards and certifications
- WM strategic objectives
According to President and CEO David Steiner, who spoke during the awards presentation, WM can
survive the loss of various assets — a truck here, a compactor there — but there is one asset it cannot
survive the loss of: its reputation. Operations, with the support of professionals across various disciplines,
like environmental protection, engineering, community relations, government affairs and safety, are
the guardians of that reputation.
“This award represents what’s required for each of our facilities to excel,” Steiner said. “For example,
when you have a landfill manager named Citizen of the Year by the surrounding community and earn
an expansion that’s virtually unopposed, that shows what a tremendous job we’re doing.”
The Citizen of the Year accolade went to Evan Jahn. Serving as manager for the Geneva Landfill, he
had a tremendous presence in the community as President of the Geneva Rotary and Second-Vice President
of the Geneva Chamber. Last year, the site received a crucial expansion following a process that lasted seven
years. In the end, the landfill earned almost unanimous public support.
Some of the projects instituted by the Geneva Landfill include a five-engine renewable energy project, which
went live in 2013 and is the second of two plants, as well as numerous educational outreach efforts.
The second location to be recognized is a combination of sites working together to service the greater Phoenix
area. Consisting of one recycling plant (the Surprise MRF), one transfer station (Deer Valley Transfer) and two
hauling sites (Phoenix North and South), these facilities made the 2013 Waste Management Phoenix Open
(WMPO) a possibility, an event that reached an unprecedented 100 percent diversion rate.
In receiving the award, all sites were recognized for their efforts around the WMPO, which included numerous
elements, from organics recycling to educating spectators on proper waste diversion. In the end, the tournament
won major accolades from a variety of influencers, such as the Council for Responsible Sport, the PGA TOUR and
the United States Green Building Council.
Top Photo, (L-R): Dave Aardsma, chief sales and marketing officer; Tiffiany Moehring, communications manager;
Sherri Knape, project manager; Jim Trevathan, chief operating officer; Moe Ghosh, route manager for Phoenix South;
Brad Pollock, director of operations for AZ/NM; David Steiner, CEO; Janette Coates, senior communications specialist;
Ken Stevens, recycling operations manager; Barry Caldwell, chief communications officer; Dean Schwindt, senior
district manager for AZ.