The City of College Station’s Sanitation Division will receive a Silver Excellence Award for its Northgate Promenade Garbage Collection System at the Solid Waste Association of North America’s (SWANA) annual conference in August.
The award recognizes programs and facilities that practice sound solid waste management through system design and operations, worker and community health and safety, and successful public education and outreach. Programs also must demonstrate fiscal and environmental responsibility.
By using one central disposal location with two 30-yard compactors, the Northgate collection system has improved the efficiency and aesthetics of garbage disposal in the popular entertainment district.
The compactor system charges each tenant a per-use fee for disposing waste and uses a computerized monitoring system to provide greater equity between large and small waste generators.
Merchants are provided with security codes and electronic key fobs for access.
The system also allows flexibility in the frequency of collections.
The Sanitation Division is part of the Public Works Department. The national SWANA conference will be Aug. 14 in Washington, D.C.