Aria Energy And Sarasota County Win SWANA 2016 Excellence Award

Novi, MI (August 22, 2016) –Aria Energy and Sarasota County have been named the winner of the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA)  Silver Excellence Award in the Landfill Gas and Biogas category. The award will be presented at SWANA’s annual conference, WASTECON®, on Tuesday, August 23, 2016, in Indianapolis, Indiana.

The partnership of Aria Energy and Sarasota County are receiving the award for the Sarasota County Landfill Gas to Energy Facility located in Nokomis, Florida.

“We are honored to be recognized by SWANA for the successful public-private partnership between Aria Energy and Sarasota County.  The 4.8 MW landfill gas-to-energy facility has been capturing and processing the methane gas generated at Sarasota County’s Central County Solid Waste Disposal Complex since February 2015,” said Richard DiGia, President & CEO of Aria Energy.

“The collaboration between Aria Energy and Sarasota County has culminated in a project we are both very proud of,” adds Larry Alexander, Sarasota County Solid Waste Division Manager.

SWANA’s Excellence Awards Program recognizes outstanding solid waste programs and facilities that advance the practice of environmentally and economically sound solid waste management through their commitment to utilizing effective technologies and processes in system design and operations, advancing worker and community health and safety, and implementing successful public education and outreach programs. Programs also must demonstrate that they are fiscally and environmentally responsible through their compliance with all applicable federal, state and local regulations.

About Aria Energy:

Headquartered in Novi, MI, Aria Energy provides baseload renewable energy to utilities and other customers across the United States. Aria Energy owns and/or operates a diversified portfolio of renewable energy projects across 16 states, collectively representing 265.9 MW-equivalent of baseload renewable energy capacity. For additional information, please visit:


The Central County Solid Waste Disposal Complex (CCSWDC) is centrally located within Sarasota County in Nokomis and accepts residential, municipal and commercial garbage from the unincorporated areas of Sarasota, and from three municipalities (cities of North Port, Sarasota and Venice). Landfill operations are supported by the tipping fees collected for processing and/or disposal of materials received.

About SWANA:

For more than 50 years, the Solid Waste Association of North America has been the leading professional association in the solid waste field. The association serves more than 8,300 members throughout North America, and thousands more with conferences, certifications, publications and technical training courses.

Media Contact:

Aria Energy
Julie Bollenbach

Sarasota County