EIA Driver of the Year AwardDriveCam, Inc., a global driver risk management company, is sponsoring the Environmental Industry Association’s (EIA’s) 2014 Driver of the Year Awards. The awards will honor those drivers who operate their vehicles safely and responsibly, maintain outstanding performance records, and who enhance the solid waste hauling and/or recycling services industry, according to a press release.

Companies in the U.S. waste management industry are invited to nominate their best and safest full-time drivers for the award, as EnvironmentalistsEveryday.org writes. Those drivers who have won previously are not eligible to enter the contest again.

All nominated drivers will receive a gift package and certificate of appreciation. Finalists also receive a personalized plaque. The winner in each category will be honored in person at WasteExpo, and will receive a commemorative gift and a $1,000 cash prize. The nomination deadline is November 15, 2013, 12 a.m. EST.

Nomination categories include the following:

  • Small Company: An independent or private company that has a fleet of 50 or fewer front-, rear-, or side-load vehicles that serve residential, commercial, or industrial customers.
  • Medium-Size Company: An independent or private company with a fleet of between 51 and 250 front-load vehicles which serve residential, commercial, or industrial customers.
  • Regional Company Residential: A regional independent or private or publicly traded company with a fleet of between 251 and 2,000 rear- or side-load vehicles whose primary job is to collect from household containers or single and multi-family dwellings.
  • Regional Company Commercial: A regional independent or private or publicly traded company with a fleet of between 251 and 2,000 front-load vehicles whose collection routes involve the pickup of garbage from dumpsters from business or apartment complexes.
  • Regional Company Industrial: A regional independent or private or publicly traded company with a fleet of between 251 and 2,000 roll-off and transfer trailer vehicles whose work involves moving refuse in large containers or transfer trailers.
  • Large Company Residential: A large independent or private or publicly traded company with a fleet of more than 2,001 rear- or side-load vehicles whose work involves mostly the pickup of refuse or recoiling from household containers at single and multi-family dwellings.
  • Large Company Commercial: A large independent or private or publicly traded company with a fleet of more than 2,001 front-load vehicles whose collection routes involve picking up refuse from dumpsters at business or apartment complexes.
  • Large Company Industrial: A large independent or private or publicly traded company with a fleet of more than 2,001 roll-off and transfer trailer vehicles which move refuse in large containers or transfer trailers.
  • Public Sector: A local, county, city, state, or federal government entity or institution with a solid waste management operation. In this category, the driver with the highest overall score among the public sector entries will be designated the winner. (The size of the fleet will not be a factor in who is chosen as the winning driver.)

Judging will be anonymous and based on a weighted scoring system. Finalists in each category will be determined by computer tabulation, and the contest will request further documentation on those drivers, such as letters of commendation, service award certificates, and testimonials from customers. The supervisor of each winning driver will be notified in March 2014 via email.

For more information, contact EIA Programs Coordinator Jenna Allen at [email protected] or 202-364-3709. EIA is a trade association representing the private sector solid waste and recycling industry.

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