Recognition & Awards

2015

  • Winner of the SWANA (Solid Waste Association of North America) Silver Excellence Award in the Landfill Management Category.
  • Metro Hazardous Waste Drop-Off recognized as Recycling Facility of the Year by the Iowa Recycling Association. 
  • Earned the Innovative Project Award from the Iowa Society of Solid Waste Operators (ISOSWO) for implementation of flat-fill method at Metro Park East Landfill.
  • Earned the Best Recycling/Waste Management Company by the Business Record’s Best of Des Moines.

2014

  • Recognized by the American Forest & Paper Association for our innovative partnerships to promote increased paper recovery as the “Community Winner” in the Partnership Category for Paper Recycling Award.
  • Earned the Best Recycling/Waste Management Company by the Business Record’s Best of Des Moines.

2013

  • Earned the Best Recycling/Waste Management Company by the Business Record’s Best of Des Moines.
  • Recognized as Outstanding Local Partner by the Iowa Urban and Community Forestry Council for efforts in promoting and enhancing the tree resources in Iowa. 

2012

  • Earned the Best Recycling/Waste Management Company by the Business Record’s Best of Des Moines.

2011

  • The Des Moines Register’s Top Workplaces Award
  • Best Recycling/Waste Management Company by the Business Record’s Best of Des Moines
  • Solid Waste Association of North America Gold Award for Marketing Excellence for conversion of Curb It! residential recycling program from 5-sort to single stream
  • Iowa Recycling Association Recycling Project of the Year for Asphalt Shingles Recycling

2010

  • Best Recycling/Waste Management Company by the Business Record’s Best of Des Moines

2009

  • Greater Des Moines Partnership business award for the “Best Kept Secret”
  • Governor’s Volunteer Award for our litter control along Highway 163
  • Best Recycling/Waste Management Company Runner-up by the Business Record’s Best of Des Moines

2008

  • Best Recycling/Waste Management Company by Business Record’s Best of Des Moines

2007

  • Solid Waste Association of North America Gold Award for Integrated Systems Excellence for all of Metro Waste Authority’s programs and services
  • Better Business Bureau Integrity Award
  • Best Recycling/Waste Management Company Runner-up by the Business Record’s Best of Des Moines

2006

  • Keep Iowa Beautiful Award for support and service to the organization

2005

  • Iowa Recycling Association Best Public Education Program Award for MWA’s education program on the expansion and 10-year anniversary program for Curb It!
  • Governor’s Iowa Environmental Excellence Award for Rehab the Lab, Environmental Excellence Category
  • Governor’s Iowa Environmental Excellence Award for Rehab the Lab, Waste Management Category
  • Pollution Prevention Environmental Excellence Award by EPA Region 7, Honorable Mention for Rehab the Lab
  • Innovative Waste Management Program Award by Iowa Society of Solid Waste Operations for Rehab the Lab

2004

  • Gold Award for Transfer Station Excellence by the Solid Waste Association of North America for the Metro Transfer Station
  • Above and Beyond Service Recognition Certificate from the Governor for MWA’s Education Specialist
  • Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute Award for Executive Director
  • Best Recycling/Waste Management Company by Business Record’s Best of Des Moines

2003

  • Outstanding Solid Waste Management Program Award by the Iowa Society of Solid Waste Operations
  • Best Recycling/Waste Management Company by Business Record’s Best of Des Moines
  • Honorable Mention of Excellence to HLBK for MWA office by Iowa Chapter of American Institute of Architects
  • Merit Award in Interiors to HLBK for MWA office by St. Louis Chapter of American Institute of Architecture and Central States Region
  • Outstanding Environmental Protection Facility by Iowa Society of Solid Waste Operations for the Metro Park East landfill

2002

  • Solid Waste Association of North America  Gold Award for Landfill Management Excellence for the Metro Park East landfill
  • Under the auspices of ICMA and USAID’s Resource Cities Program, MWA provided assistance in improving hazardous waste management practices in the city of Amman, Jordan

2001

  • American Society of Civil Engineers Iowa Section’s Outstanding Civil Engineering Project Award in recognition of the Constructed Wetlands Leachate Treatment Facility
  • American Society of Landscape Architects Merit Award for the Regional Collection Center Master Landscape Plan (Prairie and Constructed Wetlands)
  • Best Public Education Campaign by Iowa Society of Solid Waste Operations for the Iowa Tire Initiative
  • Silver ADDY Award by Ad Pros of Des Moines for the Iowa Tire Initiative

2000

  • Governor’s Iowa Environmental Excellence Award for Special Recognition in Water Quality for the Constructed Wetlands Leachate Treatment Facility
  • Best Workplace Environment Award by Greater Des Moines Partnership for a business with less than 50 employees

1999

  • SWANA Gold Award for Special Waste Management Excellence for MWA’s Regional Collection Center for Household Hazardous Waste