Association of West Virginia Solid Waste Authorities
2000 Volunteer of the Year
Walt Swiger and his wife Orvha
VOLUNTEER OF YEAR AWARD FOR 2000
He guided a dedicated group of workers in developing one of the top
integrated waste management programs in WV.
He has worked with his county commission to establish a recycling
ordinance and a recycling hotline that handles questions and complaints.
He is currently working with the county board of education to
develop a recycling plan for all schools.
Under his leadership his Solid Waste Authority has conducted one
of the biggest America Recycles Day events in the state.
His Solid Waste Authority is a partner in education
with several county schools. One
of these grade schools was a winner of the Education Alliance, Partners
in Education Gold Start Award as an exemplary
He has worked to implement a very successful inmate
road crew program to clean up litter and open dumps and then sponsored a
175 mile environmental education bus tour covering 25 communities
explaining to participants where litter and open dumps had been cleaned
up and the high cost of cleaning them up.
In addition to his Solid Waste Authority he has volunteered countless hours over the years as an outstanding community leader, serving on the local Emergency Planning Committee, Lions Club and Community Action Association. And while he was doing all that… he somehow found time to serve as Chairman of your Association a few years back.
An article in the Solid Waste Reporter back in the
winter of 98-99 stated his widespread efforts toward waste management
belie his seemingly low profile. Perhaps
the key is action, rather than words.
As his motto proves: Deeds
speak louder than words. I’ve
known this gentleman almost 10 years….
A lifelong resident of