A city-county household hazardous waste program received national acclaim last week.
The City of Lawrence/Douglas County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Program was given the Program Innovation Award Sept. 15 by the North American Hazardous Material Management Assn. at a national conference in Kansas City, Mo.
The program was recognized for its public-private partnerships with local businesses to run collection events and expand environmental education programs. Those partnerships increased public awareness and participation rates, said Mollie Mangerich, operations supervisor of Lawrence's Waste Reduction and Recycling Division.
``In 1997 alone, corporate volunteers saved the city more than $4,000 in salaries and expanded educational and outreach programs otherwise not considered possible to a limited staff of three persons,'' she said.
The program is one of 13 winners this year. Honorable mentions went to Stockton, Calif., and Placerton, Calif.
``The initiatives we are honoring are some of the best in North America,'' association president Scott Cassel said.