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2017 Montgomery County Recycling Achievement Recognition

Residential Recycler of the Year

Recycling Volunteers of the Year

Multi-Family Recycling Achievement Awards

Business Recycling Achievement Awards

Residential Recycler of the Year - 2017

Awarded to individuals who made a positive difference in their community to keep our land, air and water clean. These individuals go above and beyond the efforts of others to maintain the cleanliness of their communities, working diligently to engage others to actively participate in their waste reduction and recycling efforts.  These individuals serve as examples for others to emulate.

Hannah Klein

Ms. Hannah Klein lives in Wheaton, Maryland and has long been inspired by her grandmother to care for the environment. Ms. Klein is an environmental leader in her community where she has provided education to homeowners in her community about how they can submit scrap metal recycling collection requests to the County. She donates books to local area book stores, and ensures that materials are recycled from her office work events. Ms. Klein also exemplifies the County’s solid waste management hierarchy by taking steps to reduce waste, such as using scrap paper for notes and printing on the back sides of used paper.

Recycling Volunteers of the Year - 2017

Anna Nardone

Ms. Anna Nardone joined the Montgomery County Recycling Volunteer Program in March 2016, following in the footsteps of her brother Paolo, who joined the Recycling Volunteer Program in 2012. In just one year, Anna donated nearly 100 hours of service and assistance to the Recycling Volunteer Program, including answering questions from residents and distributing educational materials at 14 community events in the past year. These are amazing efforts for a very busy 7th grader.

Paolo Nardone

Mr. Paolo Nardone started the current brother-sister duo by becoming a Recycling Volunteer with the Recycling Volunteer Program some time ago. Paolo joined the Recycling Volunteer Program in February 2012 when he was a 6th grader. Now, five years later, and getting ready to graduate from high school, Paolo has been a very consistent assistant, contributing over 217 hours of service to the Recycling Volunteer Program, including volunteering for 14 confidential paper shredding and recycling events, and 31 community events and festivals, where he answered questions from residents about waste reduction, reuse and recycling. Thank you, Paolo!

Multi-Family Recycling Achievement Awards

Multi-Family Highest Recycling Achievement by Sector

Awarded to multi-family properties that achieved the highest level of recycling achievement, as reported on the most recent Annual Waste Reduction and Recycling Report and field verified by the DEP/Solid Waste Services. This recycling achievement includes all materials that are required to be recycled by multi-family properties. These multi-family properties have robust recycling programs in place that maximize recycling achievement.

  1. Riderwood Village
    In 2016, Riderwood Village stepped up its already impressive waste reduction, reuse and recycling program and recycled 93 percent of their waste stream. This represents more than 18 million pounds of recycled materials. In fact, Riderwood Village has the highest recycling rate amongst all multi-family properties in Montgomery County. In addition to recycling all the mandatory materials, Riderwood Village recycles more than a dozen additional types of materials voluntarily, such as pallets, carpeting, and cooking oil. In addition, Riderwood Village has implemented a comprehensive food scrap recycling and donation program which diverted almost 713,000 pounds of food scraps from their waste stream. Riderwood also extends the useful life of various items, collecting reusable building materials, and gently used clothing for reuse by others. A very active sustainability committee works to increase their recycling efforts, convert their vehicle fleet to hybrids, and increase overall awareness of environmental programs to their community.

  2. Victory Terrace
    Victory Terrace in Potomac continued its outstanding recycling efforts in 2016 by recycling 88 percent of its waste stream. Victory Terrace works to sustain its efforts, and this is the fifth time in the last six years that it has exceeded the 80 percent recycling mark. Victory Terrace promotes waste reduction, reuse and recycling to its residents by hosting educational recycling presentations for their staff and residents, holding semi-annual resident yard sales, sponsoring its own paper shredding and recycling event, encouraging residents to donate gently used items and vehicles, and promoting the reuse of materials such as scrap paper, as well as the use of reusable utensils and dishware for parties and events. These efforts were overseen by their property manager Ingrid Geissler. It is with deep sadness that I must share with you that Ms. Geissler passed away last week.

  3. Kentlands Manor
    Kentlands Manor recycled 78 percent of its waste stream during 2016, which marks that third consecutive year that Kentlands Manor in Gaithersburg has exceeded Montgomery County’s 70 percent recycling goal. Kentlands Manor’s success stems from the active participation of both residents and staff in their community. In addition to ensuring that all materials are properly separated for recycling collection, staff takes a very active role in educating residents about the property’s recycling program. These efforts include providing information to residents during community events and activities, as well as through periodic reminder memos and posters. In fact, the staff at Kentland’s Manor hosts community events every month, giving residents ample opportunities to learn more about recycling and how to participate in their on-site recycling program.

  4. Eastern Avenue Apartments
    Eastern Avenue Apartments, a property with 41 dwelling units in Silver Spring, recycled 76 percent of its waste in 2016. This is the second year in a row that Eastern Avenue Apartments has recycled more than 75 percent of its waste stream. While Eastern Avenue Apartments does a commendable job in recycling its commingled materials and mixed paper, it truly excels in its recycling of scrap metal items and yard trim. The property provides residents with consistent and convenient access to a scrap metal recycling dumpster. In 2016, the residents of this property recycled more than 3 tons of scrap metal.

  5. The Waterford Condominium
    The Waterford Condominium recycled 75 percent of its waste stream in 2016. This is the fourth time in five years that The Waterford has exceeded the County’s goal to reduce waste and recycle 70 percent. The Waterford continues its innovative recycling partnership with nearby Einstein High School whereby students assist with the collection of recyclable materials, as well as the shredding and recycling of confidential papers. The Waterford also recycled old CFL light bulbs, power strips and showerheads after the property focused on efforts to conserve energy and water through the installation of energy efficient LED light bulbs and smart power strips, as well as the installation of high-efficiency faucet aerators, showerheads, and showerhead adapters.

Multi-Family Innovative Waste Reduction/Recycling Programs

Awarded to multi-family properties that have implemented or enhanced their waste reduction initiatives and/or voluntarily recycled materials that are not required to be recycled per Executive Regulation 1-15. These efforts include identifying other opportunities to reduce, reuse or recycle materials generated that reduce the overall amount of solid waste that is generated at their property, or that minimize the amount of solid waste disposed as refuse and are recycled instead.

  1. Friends House Retirement Community
    The Friends House Retirement Community in Sandy Spring has several innovative programs in place to help its environmentally-conscious community members reduce waste, reuse and recycle more materials each year. One highlight of their efforts is their food scrap recycling program. Food scraps from their kitchen, as well as from their resident’s individual homes, are composted and the finished compost is used in their on-site community garden. The community offers collection service for fluorescent light bulbs and used batteries that residents can recycle in their trash rooms. In addition, unwanted household items and gently used clothing are collected from residents, and are sold at their community thrift store or are donated to charitable organizations.

  2. Rock Creek Village Condominium
    Trying to do their part and further reduce the amount of waste generated at their property and increase reuse and recycling achievement, The Rock Creek Village Condominium staff worked closely with residents to begin a trial food scraps recycling project in 2016.  The property contracted food waste recycling collection service with a commercial company and obtained a 14-gallon food waste recycling container in which residents place their food scraps for collection. Due to the initial success and popularity of this program, the food scraps recycling collection program was extended into 2017, entirely funded by the residents. In addition, to continue their efforts to further reduce the amount of waste generated, the property also provides residents with the opportunity to collect clothing and other gently used items for donation and reuse.

  3. The Promenade
    The Promenade’s staff and Green Group were very busy promoting reducing waste, reuse and recycling, and increasing awareness of the resulting environmental benefits to their residents. In 2016, The Promenade staff arranged resident group tours of Montgomery County’s Recycling Center and Resource Recovery Facility to show residents first-hand what happens to waste and recyclable materials in Montgomery County.  The property hosts its own free-cycling events, motivating residents to swap gently used items, as well as providing electronics recycling collection events and conducting a property-wide energy audit.  The staff and the Green Group coordinate an annual Earth Day event to provide information to residents.  To further increase its commitment to the environment and the wellbeing of its residents’, the property also installed three two-car electric charging stations and secured the installation of a Capital Bike Share station adjacent to its property.

Multi-Family - Outstanding Educational Programs to Increase Recycling Awareness

Awarded to multi-family properties that excel in their efforts to provide a higher level of education and outreach to their employees, customers, residents, or staff in an engaging manner to increase awareness and participation in their programs.  These efforts include creative ways to engage employees, staff, residents, and community members to increase their participation in their waste reduction and recycling efforts.

  1. Asbury Methodist Village
    The management and staff at Asbury Methodist Village, a 130-acre retirement community in Gaithersburg, is committed to provide on-going education to their residents that live in eight residential neighborhoods that together make up the Village, to ensure that all residents are fully aware of and actively participate in their on-site recycling programs.  A recycling “do’s and don’ts” presentation is offered at each individual community’s monthly resident council meeting. In addition, all residents receive recycling literature to remind and educate community members on proper recycling practices and policies. Asbury Methodist Village also hosts an annual “Green Day” event as well as multiple housekeeping outreach events to further ensure residents know what materials can be recycled in their community.  In addition, a television and video segment on their recycling program was created for their in-house television program. The Housekeeping Director and several residents highlight Asbury’s recycling program and address commonly asked questions and concerns by residents.

  2. Churchill Senior Living
    Churchill Senior Living in Germantown is committed to providing outreach and education to their residents as they continue to strive to reduce waste and recycle more than 70 percent of their waste stream. The staff at Churchill Senior Living provides residents with information and reminders about waste reduction, reuse and recycling through monthly newsletter items, distributes educational recycling information to residents, ensures all recycling areas have clear and easy to understand recycling instructions, and coordinates regular resident recycling education presentations to highlight the do’s and don’ts of recycling.  In addition, to promote waste reduction through reuse, the community hosts spring and summer resident yard sales.  This is a great initiative (and fun resident mixer) to involve residents in community waste reduction and reuse efforts. 

  3. Residences at Rollins Ridge
    The Residences at Rollins Ridge provides each new resident with an enlightening and useful new resident package that includes detailed recycling information, instructions and an in-unit recycling bin. The property staff also sends frequent recycling reminders to residents and hosts an annual educational recycling information event for their residents. Resident volunteers create customized informative signage for each trash room to address specific recycling issues as they arise.  The signage also educates all residents on the proper recycling practices at the property. Tailoring their educational signage provides the Residences at Rollins Ridge the opportunity to engage their community while addressing very property-specific situations.

Multi-Family Property Manager of the Year

Awarded to individuals who made a positive difference in their multi-family communities to keep our land, air and water clean. These individuals go above and beyond the efforts of others to maintain the cleanliness of their multi-family communities, working diligently to engage others to actively participate in their waste reduction and recycling efforts. These individuals serve as examples for others to emulate.

Roxana Rizzone (Grosvenor Park IV)

Ms. Roxana Rizzone is the property manager of Grosvenor Park IV, a large, garden style multi-family property with 215 dwelling units in Rockville. Ms. Rizzone avidly looks for avenues to increase the amount of materials recycled at the property. She works tirelessly to provide information to the residents in her building about ways they can reduce waste and increase recycling. She and her maintenance team constantly monitor the recycling and trash areas to ensure they remain clean, organized, and have proper signage and labeling. Ms. Rizzone sends notification letters on a regular basis to residents reminding them of the importance of recycling and how to recycle at the property. Ms. Rizzone will also promptly send a violation letter to residents who are not recycling or complying with the community’s recycling policies, making sure each resident participates in the recycling program.

Multi-Family Resident of the Year

Judith Grominger (Homecrest House)

Ms. Judith Grominger is a resident and active member of the resident Green Team at the Homecrest House in Silver Spring. In this role, she helps schedule educational resident recycling presentations and table-top displays during their community days and other events. Ms. Grominger, along with other members of their Green Team, creates educational recycling displays showing examples of the “Do’s and Don’ts” of recycling for the community display cases. She enjoys educating fellow residents about the importance of recycling and is also a key part in the coordination of their annual Earth Day event. Ms. Grominger continually looks for ways to better organize and improve her community’s recycling efforts and promote green initiatives.

Business Recycling Achievement Awards

Highest Recycling Achievement by Sector - Business

Awarded to businesses that achieved the highest level of recycling achievement, as reported on the most recent Annual Waste Reduction and Recycling Report and field verified by the DEP/Solid Waste Services.  This recycling achievement includes all materials that are required to be recycled by businesses per ER 1-15.  The following businesses have robust recycling programs in place that maximize recycling achievement.

  1. EU Services
    During calendar year 2016, EU Services achieved an astonishing recycling rate of 96 percent, the highest recycling rate by any business or organization in the County. EU Services has written policies and procedures in place for their company-wide recycling program which are reviewed annually by everyone in the organization. All new employees are made aware of ES Service’s recycling policies and procedures during new employee orientations and provides employees and other stakeholders with regular updates on the environmental benefits of their programs. In addition, EU Services has made great strides to reduce materials used in the manufacturing process through education and equipment improvements, utilizing employee feedback.

  2. Coca-Cola Bottling Company Consolidated Silver Spring
    Nearly everything leaving Coca-Cola’s Silver Spring plant is either going to a retail store or to a recycling facility. Their recycling rate for 2016 was an impressive 94 percent. All employees receive training on their recycling program and efforts. Results of Coca-Cola’s recycling efforts are shared and discussed with employees during employee Town Hall meetings. In fact, their recycling progress is tracked monthly and is reported on a scorecard which is posted for all their employees to see. These efforts to increase overall employee awareness and motivation has helped the facility to minimize their waste stream and increase their recycling efforts.

  3. Sanofi Pasteur Biologics Rockville
    Sanofi Pasteur Biologics owes its remarkable 91 percent recycling rate to a very extensive recycling program. Every year, all employees receive training on their recycling and waste reduction policies and procedures. Bulletin boards throughout the facility display recycling and waste reduction information and tips on best management practices. In addition, Sanofi Pasteur Biologics has implemented waste reduction initiatives such as defaulting printers to double-sided printing to reduce the amount of paper used. They have also assessed their various waste streams to determine if additional recycling opportunities are feasible, and then expand to implement programs to capture these materials for recycling, such as recycling batteries and light bulbs.

  4. Dow Jones and Company, Inc.
    Dow Jones and Company, Inc. recycled 89 percent of their waste stream in 2016. To ensure the continued success of their recycling efforts, employees have placed labeled recycling containers for recyclable materials throughout key areas of their workplace and all employees have been trained on the importance of recycling. They also foster good recycling habits both at work and home. In April, as part of their Earth Day celebration, they conducted an electronics recycling collection drive for their employees, allowing employees to bring all of their unwanted electronics from home. This event helped keep 5,000 pounds of e-waste out of the waste stream.

  5. U.S. Postal Service – Suburban Maryland Processing and Distribution Center & Global Solutions
    The US Postal Service Suburban Maryland Processing and Distribution Center in Shady Grove, has worked very closely with their team members to revamp their overall recycling and waste reduction efforts. By monitoring their program and encouraging employee feedback, the US Postal Service Suburban Maryland Processing and Distribution Center achieved an overall recycling rate of 89 percent in 2016. Postal service employees receive regular training and updates on their internal recycling procedures. They also expanded their recycling programs to include recycling of plastic bags and batteries to further reduce the amount of materials entering the USPS waste stream.

  6. Leidos Corporation
    With over 1,200 employees, Leidos Corporation is one of the top 30 largest businesses in the County which makes their 84 percent recycling rate so impressive. To achieve such a high recycling rate, not only must they recycle all of the materials they can recycle, but all employees must be aware of their recycling program and actively participate in the program. Their corporate-wide sustainability “Go Green” campaign includes the placement of recycling and sustainability posters throughout the campus and hosts employee educational events, including their annual Earth Day celebration, to keep employees motivated to do their part to minimize their impact on the environment. Information about their recycling efforts are also shared through corporate communications. Additional efforts to recycle additional materials including batteries, printer and toner cartridges, and electronic wastes are other important components of their overall waste reduction and recycling program.

Innovative Waste Reduction/Recycling Programs - Business

Awarded to businesses that have implemented or enhanced their waste reduction initiatives and/or voluntarily recycled materials that are not required to be recycled per Executive Regulation 1-15. These efforts reduce the overall amount of solid waste that is generated at their business or property, or minimize the amount of solid waste disposed as refuse and recycled instead.

  1. United Therapeutics Corporation
    In addition to recycling all of the required recyclable materials, United Therapeutics Corporation in Silver Spring has analyzed their waste stream, looking for additional opportunities to recycle even more to further minimize their impact on the environment. Their goal is simple – reduce the amount of waste that must be disposed. Their waste reduction and recycling efforts also includes recycling fluorescent light bulbs, toner cartridges, batteries, K-cup beverage pods and post-consumer food scraps. In addition to providing opportunities for their employees to recycle, the management team actively shares information about their recycling program to all employees. The company’s recycling practices demonstrate their corporate citizenship and environmental stewardship.

  2. CREATE Arts Center
    When you enter the CREATE Arts Center in Silver Spring, you’ll notice containers and drawers full of reusable materials. Items such as ribbon, tennis ball containers, buttons, corks and other knick-knacks are collected by their owners and patrons and repurposed into art projects. By reusing these materials, patrons create beauty and uniqueness through a form of recycling called upcycling. This innovative reuse effort prevents these items from entering the waste stream. In addition, saving and reusing these materials saves significant amounts of money that would have otherwise been needed to purchase new art and craft supplies.

  3. DelCor Technology Solutions
    DelCor Technology Solutions cares about the environment which is demonstrated through their waste reduction, reuse and recycling efforts. Besides their efforts to recycle traditional office-type materials such as mixed paper and commingled materials, the company also recycles electronic waste and donates their tradeshow booth furnishings to other organizations for reuse. These items including tables, chairs and display panels. Their dedication to waste reduction, reuse and recycling is part of their effort to positively contribute towards the community

Outstanding Educational Programs to Increase Recycling Awareness-Business

Awarded to businesses, organizations and government facilities that excel in their efforts to provide a higher level of education and outreach to their employees, customers, residents, or staff in an engaging manner to increase awareness and participation in their programs.  These efforts include creative ways to engage employees and staff to increase their participation in their waste reduction and recycling efforts.

  1. Damascus Library
    The Damascus Library is a tremendous partner in providing waste reduction, reuse and recycling information to residents living and working in the Damascus community. The library staff offer a variety of opportunities to learn more about waste reduction, reuse, recycling, and backyard composting. For example, Damascus Library incorporates recycling and reuse craft activities and projects during many of their children’s activities provided throughout the year. In addition, the library hosts several backyard composting workshops each year, giving residents an opportunity to learn how to start and maintain their own backyard compost bins – they also serve as one of 22 locations in the County where residents can obtain a compost bin. Through these efforts, Damascus Library keeps their community members informed and motivated to be good environmental stewards.

  2. Montgomery Planning Department, M-NCPPC
    As part of their sustainability goals, the Montgomery Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission has a created a robust educational program to keep employees informed and motivated to reduce waste, reuse and recycle. Each year, the planning department coordinates and conducts educational informational sessions for employees to encourage waste reduction, reuse and recycling efforts, which includes interactive games and activities based upon questions submitted by staff. Staff are also given an opportunity to discuss recycling during all staff meetings. In addition, staff are provided with access to a convenient, user-friendly reuse store for employees to recycle and reuse office supplies, furniture and other materials, which reduces the need to purchase new supplies.

  3. The Bullis School
    The Bullis School in Potomac has a well-run recycling program with excellent participation from students and staff. The school community is well informed on their waste reduction and recycling efforts and how to actively participate in their recycling program. The administration and staff of the Bullis School plans and conducts an annual recycling assembly to share information about waste reduction and recycling with their students. In addition, students are encouraged to participate in recycling clubs to take an even more active role in the school’s effort to reduce waste and maximize recycling. The student recycling clubs monitor the school’s recycling containers and track recycling participation throughout the school, keeping everyone aware and in the loop.

    Revitalized Recycling Programs - Business

    Awarded to businesses, organizations, and faith-based groups that reinvigorated their waste reduction and recycling programs to increase opportunities for employees, customers and staff to recycle more materials. These efforts are expected to result in additional amounts of materials being recycled

    1. Greenridge Baptist Church
      Greenridge Baptist Church has taken steps to revitalize and improve their congregation’s waste reduction and recycling program. The church leadership, along with staff and parishioners, joined efforts to identify and implement best management practices for increasing recycling opportunities. Participating in a recycling training to better understand the types of materials that can be recycled, staff then set-up clearly labeled recycling containers in all common areas and in the kitchen, giving both staff and parishioners the ability to take a more active role in reducing the amount of waste disposed.

    2. Holy Cross Health – Forest Glen
      Holy Cross Health – Forest Glen recently completed an expansion project that included building a larger trash and recycling collection area to accommodate more materials beside their loading dock. This gave the Holy Cross Health Environmental Team the opening to revitalize their waste and recycling handling processes to improve their on-site recycling efforts. The Green Team ensured recycling containers were placed in key common areas throughout the campus and followed that with an educational campaign to highlight the hospital’s recycling program to everyone on-campus. These efforts lead to greater awareness of recycling among staff, visitors, and their patients, and a higher level of participation.

    3. Moore Associates
      The management team of Moore Associates at their East-West Highway properties in Bethesda have done an outstanding job to educate tenants about their on-site waste reduction and recycling programs so that all tenants recycle. Since assuming the property management of these properties, management has revamped their recycling procedures. In addition to establishing convenient common area recycling stations on all floors in their properties, they have also created numerous educational opportunities for tenants to become fully aware of their recycling program. These educational efforts include semi-annual recycling workshops that employees are encouraged to attend. To reduce the amount of waste generated, Moore Associates developed a paperless billing and correspondence system and encourage all of their tenants to do the same. And, they don’t stop there in their environmental efforts. They also work to recycle as much materials as possible by providing an electronics recycling collection event for their tenants to recycle unwanted e-waste. In addition, the property collected over 128 gallons of paint that is donated for reuse through humanitarian construction projects and theater groups.

    Business Employee of the Year

    Awarded to businesses, organizations, and faith-based groups that reinvigorated their waste reduction and recycling programs to increase opportunities for employees, customers and staff to recycle more materials. These efforts are expected to result in additional amounts of materials being recycled

    Mauricio Lopez (ABM Building Value)

    Mr. Mauricio Lopez, ABM Building Value, is responsible for providing maintenance and janitorial service for the Rockville Pavilion, a commercial property located along East Montgomery Avenue in Rockville Town Center. This location poses unique challenges as it is home to nine businesses, including six restaurants and a movie theater, along with a strip of outdoor seating. Previously, this location only had trash containers set out to serve outdoor customers and diners before the property management team installed outdoor recycling containers next to each trash container to make recycling convenient for patrons. Since the implementation of this effort, Mr. Lopez has gone above and beyond the requirements of his job duties, making sure the trash and recycling containers do not overflow and are always clean. This ensures customers will continue to use the containers and properly recycle their materials and dispose of their waste. In addition, Mr. Lopez proactively researches recycling details to share with the businesses, their employees, and their customers and patrons. His attentiveness to the recycling program is a primary reason for the property’s recycling rate doubling from 23 percent to over 44 percent in just one year.

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