The city of Toronto won a SWANA Gold award for a long-term solid waste strategy developed by HDR.

HDR’s Waste Strategy for Toronto Wins SWANA Gold Award

HDR’s long-term solid waste management strategy for the city of Toronto, Ontario, has been named a Gold Award winner by the Solid Waste Association of North America in the category of Integrated Solid Waste Management Systems.

A result of extensive planning and research, stakeholder and community engagement, and unique tools and processes, the city of Toronto’s new waste strategy provides an innovative approach to the future of solid waste management and sets the stage for success over the next 30 to 50 years. It is expected to further strengthen Toronto’s status as a world-class leader in waste diversion initiatives in North America.

HDR’s two-year effort to develop the waste strategy built on the city’s existing waste management system and identified a path to innovation and continuous improvement. The new strategy recommends the 5 Rs (reduction, reuse, recycling, recovery and residual disposal) and focuses on sending less material to the landfill. It emphasizes the importance of community engagement and encourages the prevention of waste, maximizing its value before disposal while supporting the move toward a circular economy and zero waste future.

SWANA’s Excellence Awards Program recognizes outstanding solid waste programs and facilities with environmentally and economically sound solid waste management practices. Winners demonstrate effective technologies and processes in system design and operations, worker and community health and safety, and successful public education and outreach programs. Programs also must demonstrate that they are fiscally and environmentally responsible through their compliance with all applicable federal, state/provincial, and local regulations.

This year’s SWANA awards ceremony will be held at the annual WASTECON conference September 26, 2017 in Baltimore, Maryland.

About HDR

For more than a century, HDR has partnered with clients to shape communities and push the boundaries of what’s possible. Our expertise spans 10,000 employees, in more than 225 locations around the world — and counting. Our engineering, architecture, environmental and construction services bring an impressive breadth of knowledge to every project. Our optimistic approach to finding innovative solutions defined our past and drives our future.