San Mateo County Wins Exciting Awards

Elizabeth Rouan and her award.

Elizabeth Rouan and her award.

San Mateo County attended a statewide conference in early November and came back with two awards we are very proud to share!

San Mateo County’s Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Program Coordinator, Elizabeth Rouan, won the “Jaimy Gentry Personal Community Service Award.” Elizabeth has helped interpret the often confusing world of HHW regulations that has greatly benefited all California HHW programs. With over 15 years of experience, her persistence in seeking realistic answers to complex regulatory questions has become a legacy to the hazardous waste profession.

Outstanding Policy/Legislative Advancement Award winners from counties of San Mateo, Santa Cruz, San Francisco and Santa Clara.

Outstanding Policy/Legislative Advancement Award winners from counties of San Mateo, Santa Cruz, San Francisco and Santa Clara.

In pursuit of a common goal to provide safe and convenient medicine disposal options for residents, San Mateo County, along with the counties of San Francisco, Santa Clara, Marin, Santa Barbara and Santa Cruz won the “Outstanding Policy/Legislative Advancement Award” for the adoption and implementation of Safe Medicine Disposal ordinances. These ordinances have established a regional safe medicine disposal program across the Bay Area community and beyond.

The CalRecycle sponsored Used Oil and HHW Conference brings together local government staff, non-profit organizations, State agencies, and private businesses that deal with hazardous waste throughout the State of California to work together and share best practices on managing hazardous waste so that all of California stays safe and healthy.

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