MES Exec Wins Robert L. Lawrence Distinguished Service Award

steve smallWho has won the highest accolade the solid waste field can bestow?  Our own Steve Tomczewski, MES Executive Director of Environmental Operations, has been named recipient of the 2014 Robert L. Lawrence Distinguished Service Award by SWANA – the Solid Waste Association of North America.

The award goes to an individual who has demonstrated meritorious consideration by service to the Municipal Solid Waste Management field.  Determination of the award is based on the nominee’s service and activity beyond normal responsibilities to the employer and to the public.

The Environmental Operations Group of MES – which Steve oversees – includes an expansive array of solid waste-related projects, including:

  • State-of-the-art Gore System composting facility in Prince George’s County, home of award-winning compost.
  • A four-County regional landfill, also award winning – Midshore II Landfill is the only regional MSW disposal facility of its type in the state.
  • Landfill closure and capping project underway for the previous regional landfill facility, Midshore I, utilizing an innovative exposed geomembrane capping system.
  • Managing the design, procurement, and construction of a new $15 Million state-of-the-art, Bollegraaf Single Stream Recycling Center in Baltimore County.  MES personnel began operating the facility in November 2013.
  • On-going operation of the wood-burning co-generation facility on MD’s Eastern Shore, which provides power to the neighboring Eastern Correctional Institution.
  • Designing, building and operating three separate transfer stations on behalf of Baltimore County, one of largest jurisdictions in the State. The total amount of solid waste managed on a daily basis will be approx. 4,500 tons.
  • Providing source-separated recycling collection services to a four-county region, at no cost to the local jurisdictions, with 45 different homeowner drop-off locations.
  • Performing environmental monitoring services for a number of public and private sector clients – active landfills, closed disposal facilities, transfer stations, etc.
  • Managing a statewide Used Oil and Antifreeze Collection Program on behalf of the Maryland Department of the Environment – totaling over 140 residential drop-off locations.
  • Operating dual stream Material Recovery Facility on behalf of Montgomery County, MD.
  • Providing mobile tub grinding services to both public and private sector businesses throughout the State.

Steve is also very visible and active in the local communities that host MES facilities.

  • Each year Steve acts as the Honorary Santa Claus in the Town of Ridgely’s Christmas Pageant
  • The annual MES/Ridgely’s Lions Club Golf Tournament is organized under his watchful eye, and each year local college-bound high school seniors receive scholarships.
  • As part of the grand opening of the Midshore facility Steve led a “Trash Parade” to celebrate the inaugural first load of waste.
  • In 2010, Steve was recognized with an Honorary Award from the South Baltimore Learning Center for his many years of service on the Board of Directors. Steve’s tireless efforts helped raise much-needed funds for a fledgling organization that now stands strong.  The SBLC provides adult citizens of the local community the resources and educational support they need to obtain their GED.

In 2013, MES won two SWANA Gold Excellence Awards, for Landfill Management at the Midshore II Regional Solid Waste Facility, and for Marketing Leafgro© soil amendment (in conjunction with Montgomery County, MD).  Winning this prestigious award in two very different categories is reflective of Steve’s leadership, which spans divergent aspects of solid waste management.  In 2014, SWANA is honoring Montgomery County with a Silver Excellence Award for Composting at the Dickerson Yard Trim Composting Facility.  MES operates the facility on behalf of Montgomery County.

Steve Tomczewski was hired to his post in March 2005. He has 35 years of management and engineering experience, predominantly within the private sector.  This experience has included 25 years of experience with Wheelebrator Technologies/Waste Management, primarily involved with the engineering, construction and management of WTE facilities within the Mid-Atlantic area. These facilities included the Baltimore, Maryland; Falls Township, Pennsylvania; Westchester, New York; and Gloucester County, New Jersey, locations. He was responsible for the engineering, construction and operation of a waste-wood fired cogeneration facility located in Maine.

Steve earned a B.S. in chemical engineering from Drexel University in 1975. He is an active member of SWANA, serving for the past several years as treasurer for the Mid-Atlantic SWANA Chapter.

The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) has been the leading professional association in the solid waste field for over 50 years.  The association serves over 8,000 members throughout North America.  Their mission is to advance the practice of environmentally and economically sound management of municipal solid waste in North America.