Waste Management recently announced the inaugural winners of its new Sustainability Circle of Excellence Award. The slate of 10 North American construction companies serviced by Waste Management were honored for achieving important sustainability milestones in 2011, as determined by Waste Management’s online Diversion and Recycling Tracking Tool (DART).

Launched in May 2011, DART tracks information related to construction projects, including the amount of construction and demolition (C&D) material diverted from a landfill to a recycling facility, as well as the types of reused materials. Information on the portal is updated daily to track the environmental performances of the nation’s top builders.

According to Waste Management, the winning companies diverted the highest total C&D tonnage from a landfill to a recycling facility in the year 2011 (measured from the launch of DART). Those companies include:

  • Big-D Construction Corporation, Salt Lake City
  • JE Dunn Construction Company, Kansas City, Mo.
  • Gibson-Lewis of Indianapolis
  • Balfour Beatty Construction, Dallas
  • Skanska USA Inc., Parsippany, N.J.
  • James H. Cone Inc., Little Rock, Ark.
  • The Walsh Group, Chicago
  • Rockwell Corporation
  • Nabholz Construction, Conway, Ark.

Together these companies diverted more than 27,000 tons of C&D material, or 90 percent of their total discarded materials, according to Jim Halter, Waste Management's vice president of construction solutions.

“Congratulations to each company for their outstanding environmental performance,” said Waste Management president and CEO David Steiner in a press release. “We look forward to tracking these benchmarks in the future, since they represent a shared commitment to diversion, recycling and sound environmental practices.”