The first “Sustainability Partnership Game Changer Award” was granted to SSI SCHAEFER on Thursday, September 10, 2015 by the National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) at the Waste360 Recycling Summit in Chicago. This prestigious waste management award recognizes public and private organizations that, according to NWRA, have successfully partnered to implement game-changing initiatives, policies or programs that advance sustainability in their community.

In 2013, SSI SCHAEFER and its subcontractors, SeedSpark and WasteRec, partnered with Hillsborough County, FL on a project to deliver more than 520,000 waste carts to over 260,000 households and nearly 20,000 commercial accounts. Utilizing WISTAR® – a comprehensive asset management technology developed by SSI SCHAEFER and powered by SeedSpark – this project was the largest same-day startup, roll cart deployment in North America with industry-leading 99.997% RFID cart deployment accuracy that greatly surpassed the 98% requirement.

This partnership resulted in an estimated $85 million economic impact on the U.S. solid waste industry in 2013, a 100% increase in recyclables recovery (30,000 additional tons per year) and more than a $10 million annual savings over the County’s previous contract. Sandra Murman, Hillsborough County Commissioner said, “The successful start of new solid waste service was accomplished due to exemplary collaborative efforts and serves as a model for great communication and teamwork.”

Don Ross, Director of Operations for KCI, also commented, “The award was the culmination of an extensive strategic planning process that Kessler Consulting undertook with Hillsborough County. Innovative ideas, solid technical specifications, a clear procurement process, and a transition plan that was tied to the objectives of the plan resulted in a group of high quality partners capable of getting a challenging job done. Together, the partners functioned like a winning team!”  SSI SCHAEFER is honored to be included in this award and will continue to set the standard for Waste and Recycling projects around the world using WISTAR® technology.

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