Solid Waste Management Department (SWMD)

City of Houston                                                 


Harry J. Hayes, Director                                                            Annise D. Parker, Mayor

For Immediate Release                                                             April 25, 2013



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Sandra Jackson 
(713) 837-9164 office 






The City of Houston Solid Waste Management Department is pleased to announce two recent awards received from TxSWANA, the Lone Star Chapter of SWANA, the Solid Waste Association of North America.


The first award was received in the “Collections” category for the recent rerouting of the Junk Waste and Tree Waste routes throughout the city to increase efficiency and increase effectiveness of service delivery.  After a Task Force helped identify key changes needed in operational efficiency, the Department made broad changes to routes and the service day schedules, which are expected to save the City between $250,000 and $500,000 annually on fuel, operation, and maintenance costs for vehicles.


The second award was the TxSWANA Jimmy Huff Safety Achievement award, which the SWMD received for the second time in four years.  This award is based on a decrease of the number and severity of injury events year-to-year, in this case from FY11 to FY12. 


Director Harry J. Hayes said, “These awards are appreciated, as the Department strives to improve the quality and efficiency of the services we provide, while also providing a safe working environment.”  The categories that TxSWANA accepted nominations for were: Public Information, Recycling, Collection, Integrated Solid Waste, and Composting.


SWMD Director Harry Hayes, who is on the TXSWANA Board of Directors and also the Audit Committee chair for TXSWANA, was proud to accept the two trophies at the annual award ceremony in Lubbock on Wednesday, April 17, 2013.




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Solid Waste Management Department Public Information Office
611 Walker, 12th floor, Houston, TX 713-837-9164