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​Solid Waste Department Earns National Achievement


Mecklenburg CountyMecklenburg County’s Solid Waste Department has been recognized with an Achievement Award from the National Association of Counties (NACo) for its “Small Quantity Business Hazardous Waste Program” in the County Resiliency: Infrastructure, Energy and Sustainability category.

The awards honor innovative, effective county government programs that strengthen services for residents.

The Solid Waste Department hosts a quarterly Business Hazardous Waste Collection Day through the program. The event was launched in July 2017 in response to a need to provide County businesses with affordable options to properly and legally dispose of their hazardous waste. The event was the first of its kind to be offered in North Carolina.

“Our program is truly honored to receive this award and recognition from NACo.  Our program works diligently to provide forward-thinking solutions to issues associated with all aspects waste management,” said Jeff Smithberger, Director of Solid Waste.

NACo President Roy Charles Brooks said, “Counties seize opportunities to deliver services more
efficiently and build stronger communities every day. Achievement Award-winning programs are examples for counties that are determined to enhance services for our residents.”
Nationally, awards are given in 18 different categories that reflect the vast, comprehensive services counties provide. The categories include children and youth, criminal justice, county administration, information technology, health, civic engagement and many more.

NACo will recognize award-winning counties at its 2018 Annual Conference and Exposition July 13-16 in Nashville/Davidson County, Tennessee.

Started in 1970, NACo’s annual Achievement Awards program is designed to recognize county
government innovations. Each nominee is judged on its own merits and not against other applications received.