HDR Solid Waste Projects Receive AAEES Awards for Excellence

Two HDR projects received honor awards during the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists Excellence in Environmental Engineering and Science Awards. The projects are the Factoria Recycling and Transfer Station and Toronto Long-Term Solid Waste Strategy. Factoria was selected in the industrial waste category and Toronto in the planning category.

Factoria Recycling and Transfer Station
The state-of-the-art, nearly 80,000-square foot Factoria Recycling and Transfer Station, located in Bellevue, Washington, is capable of handling 225,000 tons of garbage, recycling, yard waste and household hazardous waste annually. The station uses a flat floor design, which allows for easier garbage unloading, better traffic flow and reduced customer wait times.

Anticipated to be a LEED Gold facility, Factoria Recycling and Transfer Station is a model for sustainable transfer station design. The new station uses 40 percent less electricity than similar facilities, and its rainwater catchment system is anticipated to save 1.3 million gallons of potable water a year.

Toronto Long-Term Solid Waste Strategy
The City of Toronto’s Long-Term Waste Management Strategy builds on an existing world-class waste management system, and identifies a path to innovation and continuous improvement. Designed to serve Toronto for the next 30 to 50 years, the strategy focuses on sending less material to the landfill, and emphasizes the importance of community engagement. The strategy encourages preventing waste by maximizing its value before disposal, while supporting the move toward a circular economy and zero waste future.

The waste strategy resulted from extensive planning and research, stakeholder and community engagement, and unique tools and processes. It recommends reduction, reuse, recycling, recovery and residual disposal — the 5Rs. These policies and programs are environmentally sustainable, socially acceptable and cost effective for the long term.

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 nearly 10,000 employees, in more than 200 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.