Oberlin’s public works department has been named the 2015 Solid Waste Operator of the Year by the Buckeye Chapter of the Solid Waste Association of North America.
Baumann manages a successful residential and commercial solid waste collection system providing service to more than 2,000 residential accounts and more than 80 commercial containers to commercial and institutional customers.
In 2013, he commissioned a zero waste study in conjunction with the Lorain County Solid Waste Management District, requiring a diversion goal of 90 perncet by 2050 and including several phases to accomplish the goal.
Phase one involved converting to full automated collection of trash and recyclables and switching to single stream recycling, conducting waste audits, special waste collections, organics recovery and multi-family residential recycling.
When Oberlin’s garage burned with its garbage fleet inside, the trucks were replaced with advanced automated collection trucks with hydraulic hybrid drive system technology, the garage was rebuilt, ordinances were changed, and education was revamped all within nine months of the fire.
The result: a 30 percent increase in recycling compared to the old system.
Courtesy photo Jeff Baumann receives the Solid Waste Operator of the Year Award for the city’s public works department.