transfer facility manager receives Sami Izzo Recycler of the
The Northeast Resource Recovery Association
(NRRA), New Hampshire, announced that Justin Leavitt, Gilmanton
Transfer Facility manager, as the 2010 Sami Izzo Recycler of
the Year. His leadership, passion and drive for recycling earned
him this prestigious award.
Leavitt joined the staff at the Gilmanton Transfer Facility in
August 2006 and filled the leadership void when the facility
manager left the position in 2008. The town’s board of selectmen
appointed him interim manager, offering him a permanent position
in July 2009.
As facility manager, his passion for recycling is infectious,
and his dedication is a model to all residents, as well as to
other facility managers, said Betty Ann Abbott, chair of the
Gilmanton board of selectmen, who nominated Leavitt for this
Leavitt has not only worked with residents of Gilmanton but is
a driving force to educate students in the town about recycling.
In his four years at the transfer facility, he has initiated
a partnership with a local school that has been key to keeping
The Gilmanton School’s recycling program running. Not only does
he give students tours of the transfer station, but he uses his
own vehicle to pick up the recyclables at the school!
This award is given annually to an individual who combines the
qualities of commitment, creativity, leadership, enthusiasm and
flexibility in developing and sustaining an environmentally and
financially sound solid waste management program.