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Northern Natural Gas in Omaha, Nebraska, Wins 2018 WasteWise Regional Partner of the Year

2018 WasteWise National Award Winners diverting over 356,000 tons of waste from landfills

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image of WasteWise logo 2019(Lenexa, Kan., June 26, 2019) - Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the 2018 winners of the National WasteWise Awards and EPA Region 7 Regional Awards. Northern Natural Gas in Omaha, Nebraska, was recognized as a Regional Partner of the Year.

The work conducted by the 10 winning organizations collectively prevented and diverted over 356,000 tons of waste from entering landfills and saved the organizations over $19.6 million in avoided landfill fees.

“EPA’s WasteWise program helps encourage organizations and businesses to divert waste from landfills, which not only conserves resources and protects the environment but also saves money,” EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler said. “Our 2018 winners demonstrate that keeping valuable materials out of the trash is a win-win for the environment and their bottom lines.”

EPA’s WasteWise program encourages organizations and businesses to achieve sustainability in their practices and reduce select industrial wastes. Participants in the program work to prevent and divert waste that would otherwise be disposed of in landfills or incinerated.

Every year, EPA recognizes WasteWise partners in various categories who report the best overall improvement in waste prevention and recycling activities, when compared to the previous year. The complete list of national and Region 7 award winners for work conducted in 2018 are:

Small Business Category
Mid-Size Business Category
College/University Category
  • Partner of the Year: University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth – North Dartmouth, Massachusetts
  • Honorable Mention: Georgia State University – Atlanta, Georgia
Large Business Category
  • Partner of the Year: Commonwealth Edison – Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois
Local Government Category
  • Partner of the Year: City of Urbana – Urbana, Illinois
Nonprofit Organization Category
  • Partner of the Year: The Valley Hospital – Ridgewood, New Jersey
School/School District Category
  • Partner of the Year: Pasco County Schools – Land O’ Lakes, Florida
Very Large Business Category
  • Partner of the Year: L Brands, Inc. – Columbus, Ohio
  • Honorable Mention: Kohl’s Department Stores – Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin
  • Faultless Brands – Kansas City, Missouri
  • Northern Natural Gas – Omaha, Nebraska

More information about each winner’s efforts and results is available on EPA's website.


The WasteWise program is part of EPA’s Sustainable Materials Management efforts that promote the use and reuse of materials more productively over their entire life cycles. All U.S. businesses, governments and nonprofit organizations can join WasteWise as a partner, endorser or both.

Partners demonstrate how they reduce waste, practice environmental stewardship, and incorporate sustainable materials management into their waste-handling processes. Endorsers promote enrollment in WasteWise as part of a comprehensive approach to help their stakeholders realize the economic benefits of reducing waste. For more information, visit EPA's WasteWise website.

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