Republic Services Earns Top Industry Award for Excellence in Composting Systems

Western Oregon Composting Facility Named Among Nation’s Best
Sep 26, 2017 5:05 PM ET

CORVALLIS, Ore., September 26, 2017 /3BL Media/ – Republic Services of Oregon is pleased to announce that the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) has named Republic’s Pacific Region Compost Facility (PRC) the winner of the Silver Excellence Award in the Composting Systems category. The award was presented at SWANA’s annual conference, WASTECON®, today in Baltimore. 

As one of the largest composting facilities in Oregon, the PRC processes more than 120,000 tons of residential yard waste, residential organics and commercial food waste each year, producing a nutrient rich compost used for area agricultural, landscaping and gardening purposes. In 2010, the PRC became the first Oregon compost facility to be approved for special types of organics composting (known as Type 3), including proteins, dairy and all food scraps.

“We are honored to receive this recognition,” said Shawn Edmonds, general manager of Republic’s western Oregon operations. “Organics are a fast growing part of an evolving waste stream and represent nearly 30 percent of what Americans discard daily. Running a composting facility of this magnitude and caliber is a major undertaking, and this recognition could not have happened without the support of our team members and many local leaders and community partners.”

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