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2018 Montgomery County Recycling Achievement Recognition

Photos from the Recycling Achievement Recognition Event

Recycling Volunteers of the Year

Multi-Family Recycling Achievement Awards

Business Recycling Achievement Awards

Recycling Volunteers of the Year

Awarded to residents who made a positive difference in their community to keep our land, air and water clean, serving as Recycling Volunteers. 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.

Recycling Volunteer - Youth of the Year

Anna Nardone

Since joining the Recycling Volunteer Program in March 2016, Ms. Anna Nardone has contributed over 171 hours of her time, participating in many events and activities each year to educate residents about the importance of reducing waste and recycling. Anna has participated in 19 community events, 5 confidential paper shredding and recycling events, 4 community parades, 4 special projects and volunteered for 11 shifts at the 2016 and 2017 Montgomery County Agricultural Fair.  Anna is a hardworking and dedicated young recycling volunteer, and we are recognizing her for her commitment to recycling, with the most number of volunteer hours contributed by anyone in her age group.

Recycling Volunteer - Family of the Year

Sohjin Seo, Minjae Sohn, Minwoo Sohn

The Sohn family has been very active since joining the Recycling Volunteer program in October 2015.  During the past three years, Sohjin, Minjae and Minwoo have together volunteered and participated in various community events and activities.  Some examples of these activities include: distributing educational doorhangers on recycling to several multifamily properties, speaking to residents about recycling during the Montgomery County Agricultural Fair and Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service event, and distributing recycling information at the Silver Spring Thanksgiving Day Parade and the City of Gaithersburg’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade.  Since 2015, Sohjin, Minjae and Minwoo together have contributed 115 hours of volunteer service.  

Recycling Volunteer of the Year

Lincoln Hallen

Mr. Linc Hallen has been a long-time recycling volunteer.  Since joining the recycling volunteer program in 1996, Linc continues to volunteer as a Recycling Block Captain teaching his neighbors about recycling, backyard composting and grasscycling.  Linc also serves as a Lead Recycling Volunteer at various educational events throughout the County.  His enthusiasm for environmental awareness and stewardship, as well as his dedication and extensive knowledge of the County’s recycling programs makes Linc a valuable and vital part of the Recycling Volunteer Program.

Multi-Family Recycling Achievement Awards

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 Division of 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. Cherry Knoll Apartments
    Cherry Knoll Apartments recycled 80 percent of its waste in 2017, which is the highest recycling rate of all multi-family properties in Montgomery County. This is the second time they recycled more than 70 percent of their waste, and the sixth consecutive year with a recycling rate exceeding 60 percent. Cherry Knoll staff ensures residents are educated on how to recycle and are provided with recycling bins and recycling information upon move-in. This includes educating perspective residents about their on-site recycling program as early as possible, during tours of the community.
  2. Eastern Avenue Apartments
    Eastern Avenue Apartments in Silver Spring recycled 76 percent of its waste stream in 2017. This is the third year in a row in which their residents recycled more than 75 percent of their waste. To promote proper recycling procedures to its residents, staff distributes recycling educational materials and recycling bins. In addition, all new residents receive move-in packets that include information about recycling.
  3. The Estates Condominium at Quarry Spring
    The Estate Condominiums at Quarry Spring in Bethesda recycled 73 percent of their waste in 2017. This is the second consecutive year it has achieved a recycling rate that exceeds 70 percent. A relatively new property, The Estates Condominiums made sure that its recycling program was top-notch from the very beginning. Property staff worked closely with the County to secure educational recycling posters, labels, and recycling bins for its recycling and refuse collection areas.
  4. Avalon at Traville
    In 2017, Avalon at Traville recycled 73 percent of their waste stream, making this the third year in a row, and the fifth time, that it has exceeded a 70 percent recycling rate. Property management and staff make a concerted effort to improve their recycling collection areas, making it more convenient for residents to recycle.  The property has added more signage and increased efforts to educate residents on ways to reduce contamination of recycling containers.
  5. Kentlands Manor
    Kentlands Manor recycled 72 percent of their waste generated in 2017 marking the fourth year in a row that it has exceeded the 70 percent recycling threshold. The success at Kentlands Manor stems from the diligence of both residents and staff to properly sort recyclable materials. Staff also does an excellent job of educating residents about recycling through educational tables and displays at community day events and providing recycling information and recycling bins to residents.

Innovative Waste Reduction/Recycling Programs (Multi-Family)

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 the County’s recycling regulation (Executive Regulation 1-15). These efforts reduce the overall amount of solid waste that is generated at their property or minimize the amount of solid waste disposed as refuse, to increase the amount recycled instead.

  1. The Birches
    The Birches, located in Silver Spring, has steadily and consistently improved its recycling rate from year to year. Both management and staff work tirelessly to increase awareness and education to their residents about the importance of reducing waste and recycling and how to recycle properly. Through frequent educational events, move-in packets loaded with recycling information, and constant reminders, The Birches has steadily increased its recycling rate from a low of 9 percent in 2008 to its current 57 percent recycling rate in 2017.
  2. The Bonifant at Silver Spring
    Since opening in 2016, The Bonifant at Silver Spring has actively pursued recycling excellence. Staff works closely with the County to conduct numerous presentations on waste reduction and recycling for residents so that they fully understand the County’s recycling requirements and solid waste regulations. In addition, they recruited residents to volunteer as recycling ambassadors for each floor of the property to answer fellow residents’ questions about their recycling program and provide guidance. These practices have helped to nearly double the Bonifant’s recycling rate is just two years.
  3. Sudbury House
    The staff at Sudbury House recognize the importance of proper labeling and signage of recycling containers and collection areas to help their residents recycle more materials. Keeping the collection areas clean is another point of emphasis as is the proper sorting of recyclable materials by staff and residents. To encourage waste reduction and minimize the amount of waste disposed, residents are encouraged to donate gently-used items to organizations such as A Wider Circle and the Salvation Army. The results of these efforts have been a 75 percent increase in the property’s recycling rate since 2014.

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 training 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
    Asbury Methodist Village continues its long-standing practice of providing education and information on waste reduction, reuse and recycling to its residents. These efforts include coordinating with County staff to conduct annual recycling presentations at each of their individual community’s council meeting, hosting an annual “Green Day” event, and creating a piece on recycling with a County Recycling Education Specialist that is aired on Asbury’s local TV servers. Asbury staff and Board members have also partnered with the County to create a recycling training program for the primary home care service provider at Asbury, which includes caregiver seminars on recycling requirements.
  2. Lofts 24 Condominium
    The staff and management team of Lofts 24 Condominium ensures that residents are well informed about the do’s and don’ts of recycling in Montgomery County. Using educational materials, effective signage, and educational events, Lofts 24 ensures that recycling containers are properly used and that contamination levels are minimized. Through continual and consistent education, Lofts 24 has maintained a recycling rate of greater than 45 percent during the past 5 years.
  3. Willow Manor at Colesville
    At Willow Manor at Colesville, educating staff and residents on proper recycling procedures is crucial to the continued success of its recycling program. The property management team schedules annual waste reduction and recycling educational presentations for residents to demonstrate the do’s and don’ts of recycling. The payoff of this educational campaign is evident -- for ten consecutive years, Willow Manor at Colesville has maintained a recycling rate exceeding 50 percent each year.

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.

Susan Bawer, The Perry Apartments at Park Potomac

No matter where she finds herself, Ms. Susan Bawer develops award-winning recycling programs. Under her leadership at a previous multi-family property, the property won two recycling achievement awards.  Now, as manager of The Perry Apartments at Park Potomac, she has brought the same drive and passion and created another top-notch recycling program. In her three years at The Perry, she and her staff developed a recycling program that has consistently exceeded a 50 percent recycling rate. Ms. Bawer always looks for ways to improve her property’s recycling program and is willing to share her experiences with colleagues in their efforts to improve their recycling programs. Congratulations Susan!

Multi-Family Resident of the Year

Bruce Mackey, Recycling Committee – Maplewood Park Place

When asked by the management at Maplewood Park Place to help revive its inactive Resident Recycling Committee, Mr. Bruce Mackey embraced the opportunity and delved right in. Under his leadership, the Resident Recycling Committee placed posters and relabeled the recycling containers in every trash room, organized a recycling presentation by County staff, distributed hundreds of reusable shopping bags and recycling bins, and created a recycling floor ambassador program. Thanks to his leadership and the efforts of their Recycling Committee, the recycling rate at Maplewood Park Place has exceeded 50 percent for the past two years, which is a first for the community. Keep up the great effort Bruce.

Business Recycling Achievement Awards

Highest Recycling Achievement by Sector

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 Division of Solid Waste Services.  This recycling achievement includes all materials that are required to be recycled by businesses per the County’s recycling regulation (Executive Regulation 1-15).  The following businesses have robust recycling programs in place that maximize recycling achievement.

  1. Pepco Rockville Service Center
    Pepco Rockville Service Center recycled 95 percent of their waste stream in 2017. To ensure the continued success of their recycling efforts, Pepco continues to remind its employees about their recycling program during safety meetings and periodic environmental meetings. In addition to the materials that are required to be recycled, Pepco also recycles electronics, motor oil, oil filters and tires.
  2. Emergent BioSolutions
    In 2017, Emergent BioSolutions achieved a recycling rate of 91 percent. Each year, employees receive training on their waste reduction and recycling policies and procedures. Bulletin boards throughout the facility are used to display information on reducing waste and recycling, including tips on best management practices. Emergent BioSolutions also continues to implement initiatives to reduce waste, such as defaulting printers to double-sided printing. Looking ahead, they are assessing their waste streams to determine if additional recycling opportunities are feasible.
  3. Coca-Cola Bottling Company Consolidated Silver Spring Production
    The Coca-Cola Bottling Company in Silver Spring continues to excel in their recycling efforts. In 2017, they recycled 89 percent of their waste stream by implementing a comprehensive recycling program which includes labeled recycling collection containers at each work station, designed to increase convenience for employees to recycle more. In addition, all team associates receive regular training on their recycling program.  Their successful program includes monitoring of the amount of materials recycled which are tracked monthly. Progress towards their internal recycling goals are reported at their monthly employee town hall meetings.

Business - Innovative Waste Reduction/Recycling Programs

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 Montgomery County’s Recycling Regulation (Executive Regulation 1-15). These efforts reduce the overall amount of solid waste that is generated at their business or commercial property, or minimize the amount of solid waste disposed as refuse to increase the amount recycled instead.

  1. Village Montessori School, LLC
    The Village Montessori School in Montgomery Village goes above and beyond recycling by encouraging staff, parents and students at a young age to adopt a culture of waste prevention and conserve natural resources. A highly effective waste reduction education campaign encourages parents to send kids to school with non-disposable, reusable lunch items. In classrooms, reusable dinnerware is provided to staff, eliminating the need to use disposable plates and cups. Staff are encouraged to use electronic forms of communication as much as possible when communicating with families and vendors. Even the students get involved as they are encouraged to reuse used paper donated by parents for coloring.
  2. American Speech - Language - Hearing Association
    The American Speech - Language - Hearing Association continues to maintain a successful waste reduction and recycling program. Their success is attributed to the organization’s commitment to sustainable practices and its effective waste reduction and education efforts. Management makes it a point to ensure that information about recycling is shared with all employees, including as part of their comprehensive staff orientation program. In addition, information on recycling is published on their internal website to further increase program participation. ASHLA also recycles electronics, cell phones, eye glasses, batteries, compact fluorescent lights, pallets and toner cartridges, further reducing the amount of waste disposed.
  3. Founding Farmers - Park Potomac
    Founding Farmers in Potomac has seamlessly incorporated waste reduction and recycling as part of their internal practices. To reduce waste, Founding Farmers uses reusable dishes and flatware, does not offer plastic straws to their customers, and uses an energy efficient water purifier to bottle their own water in-house, eliminating the need to serve bottled water. From scratch cooking means most of the food in the kitchen is used efficiently. Scraps of food are used to make stock and food is cooked in smaller batches to reduce the amount of wasted food. Whatever is not consumed or used in the kitchen is composted through a food scrap recycling program that transforms food scraps into a beneficial soil amendment.
  4. The Heights School
    At the Heights School, waste reduction efforts are taken seriously. Teachers and staff use reusable dishware and flatware to reduce the use of disposable cups and plates. Whenever possible, teachers email documents to parents instead of sending hard copies. In the Lower School, scrap paper is reused for art class drawings and each student brings their own water bottle to reduce the need for disposable cups. Even the Theater Department gets into the act.  They reuse old sets to build new ones and incorporate scrap lumber whenever possible. With these efforts, the Heights School is doing their part to keep our land, air and water clean for all future generations.

Business - Outstanding Educational Programs to Increase Recycling Awareness

Awarded to businesses that excel in their efforts to provide a higher level of education and training to their employees, customers, 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. National Institutes of Health
    In 2017, the National Institutes of Health revamped their efforts to educate staff and visiting scientists about their recycling program by designing and installing new signage across its Bethesda campus to increase recycling rates and reduce contamination. This effort included conducting employee surveys and feedback mechanisms to create easy-to-understand graphics.  The NIH Green Team conducted several educational events for Earth Day and America Recycles Day to give employees the opportunity to play an active role in improving recycling on campus by asking them to provide feedback on how to reduce contamination. Through these initiatives, NIH continues their on-going efforts to revamp and improve their recycling program and minimize their environmental footprint.
  2. Norge Laundry & Dry Cleaning
    Recycling is a priority for the owner and staff at Norge Laundry and Dry Cleaning in Silver Spring. Customers cannot miss the large labeled recycling container when they enter the laundromat, which serves as a constant and visible reminder that encourages everyone to recycle. Labeled recycling containers are also placed in convenient locations make recycling easy for both customers and employees.  
  3. YoYo Café
    The YoYo Café in Silver Spring makes excellent use of their recycling program, recycling all materials generated, including packaging materials from supplies. The employees at YoYo Café are educated and well-informed on their recycling procedures and all staff members eagerly participate in their recycling program. As a small business in Montgomery County, they are proud of their efforts to protect the environment.

Business - Revitalized Recycling Programs

Awarded to businesses that revitalized their waste reduction and recycling programs to increase opportunities for employees, customers and staff to recycle more materials.  These efforts include utilizing tonnage report data, user surveys, and on-site monitoring to identify challenges and develop solutions.  These efforts are expected to result in additional amounts of materials being recycled.

  1. 6001 Montrose Road, Rockville
    The recycling program at 6001 Montrose Road in Rockville, has been completely revamped, with a focus on tenant education.  The property management team worked closely with the County to create standardized recycling stations with laminated posters displaying the do’s and don’ts of recycling in each tenant office. As part of their educational efforts, property management coordinated recycling trainings for their janitorial and custodial service provider, conducted face-to-face meetings with each tenant manager to discuss the building’s recycling program, sent emails with information about the recycling program to all tenants, and coordinated a tenant lobby recycling education event for all employees. Through these efforts, the property’s recycling rate increased from 8 percent in 2015 to 44 percent in 2017.
  2. Colesville Exxon
    The Colesville Exxon in Silver Spring works tirelessly to give their customers the opportunity to recycle right at the pump.  After a wind storm damaged several recycling containers next to their gas pumps, the owners at the Colesville Exxon took quick action to replace the damaged containers. By frequently monitoring their recycling program, they ensure that customers have convenient access to clearly-labeled recycling containers, which not only provides customers the opportunity to recycle when they are filling up for gas, but also sustains their customers’ expectation of their environmental stewardship.
  3. RMR Group LLC - 1401 Rockville Pike, Rockville
    Managing 1401 Rockville Pike in Rockville since 2014, the RMR Group LLC assessed their recycling program and determined that improvements could be made to increase tenant participation. RMR worked to create a standardized recycling program for the property to ensure that all tenants and visitors know how and what to recycle. The property management team distributed recycling containers to all tenant suites. Educational materials detailing the property’s recycling procedures are distributed to all tenants. The RMR Group makes sure all new property managers are trained on Montgomery County’s recycling regulations and encourages them to find new ways to keep tenants engaged in their recycling efforts.

Business Employee of the Year

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

Dapo Awe - United Therapeutics

Mr. Dapo Awe is the heart behind United Therapeutics’ recycling and waste reduction program in Silver Spring. He personally monitors their recycling progress and always looks for ways to improve their program to reduce the amount of waste generated and recycle everything that can be recycled. He organizes quarterly lunch and learn programs where he updates employees on their recycling procedures and their progress to-date. He is always looking for ways to increase their recycling efforts and reduce the amount of waste generated from daily operations. Thank you for all your efforts Dapo!

 
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