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Johnny on the Spot: Lake County Solid Waste employee cleans up on awards

RELEASE DATE: August 11, 2010

TAVARES — Last week’s selection as the Lake County Board of County Commissioners’ “Supervisor of the Quarter” was not the first time Johnny Taylor, Hazardous Waste Coordinator for the Lake County Department of Public Works, Solid Waste Division, has been selected for an award.

Johnny Taylor

Taylor brought home a slew of honors from the 2010 North American Hazardous Materials Management Association (NAHMMA) 25th Annual Conference held the last week of July at St. Pete Beach. During the 2010 Household Hazardous Waste & Small Quantity Generator Conference, Taylor was selected for two awards: National NAHMMA “Hometown Hero Award” and Florida Caribbean Chapter “The Golden Bung Award.”

The Hometown Hero Award is given to the individuals who simply knocked themselves out to put on a national conference that reflects the shared values of NAHMMA and any local chapters or partners. The Golden Bung Award is given to the household hazardous waste or small quantity generator that has improved their area programs and services.

In addition to his awards during the national conference, the Florida Caribbean NAHMMA Chapter held its annual executive and membership meeting for the 2010-2011 term, and Taylor was selected as president for the upcoming term.

“Whatever the task at hand, Johnny responds quickly and is skilled at reaching out and involving the people necessary to get the job done,” said Jim Stivender, Director of the Lake County Department of Public Works. “Throughout his career with Lake County, he has put his skills and knowledge to work for a better environment for the citizens.”

The NAHMMA is a professional organization established in November 1993, dedicated to pollution prevention and reducing the hazardous constituents entering municipal waste streams from households, small businesses and other entities that may be exempt from local, regional or national regulations. For more information, log on to www.nahmma.org.

For more information about Lake County Solid Waste Programs, call (352) 343-3776.


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