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News Release
Tuesday, November 24, 2009

H-GAC Earns National Recognition
Hazardous Materials Group Honors H-GAC for Outstanding Education, Outreach

The Houston-Galveston Area Council and Gena McKinley were honored by the North American Hazardous Materials Management Association at its 24th Annual Hazardous Materials Management Conference in Houston on November 11, 2009.

McKinley accepted NAHMMA’s prestigious Outstanding Publication Education and Outreach Award for H‑GAC’s 2009 Recycling Awareness Campaign.

An integral part of H‑GAC’s educational process for the past 12 years, the Recycling Awareness Campaign consists of several elements designed to target citizens throughout the Houston-Galveston region who do not have access to curbside recycling. Components of the campaign included developing a user-friendly Regional Recycling Guide in print and online. Located at, the guide, available in both English and Spanish, contains information about recycling, including interactive tools for finding recycling centers. Extensive outreach, including newspaper, radio and television advertising and direct mail, was implemented to lead residents to the online guide. The guides were also distributed at various events throughout the region on and around Earth Day.

McKinley, an Environmental Planner at H‑GAC, is the Project Manager for the Regional Recycling Guide. She was also honored with a Hometown Hero Award for her efforts locally with the Lone Star Chapter of NAHMMA.

The North America Hazardous Materials Management Association (NAHMMA) is a professional organization established in November of 1993, dedicated to pollution prevention and reducing the hazardous materials entering municipal waste streams from households, small businesses and other entities that may be exempt from local, regional or national regulations. For more information on NAHMMA, visit

Houston-Galveston Area Council
The Houston-Galveston Area Council ( is a voluntary association of local governments in the 13-county Gulf Coast Planning Region—an area of 12,500 square miles and more than 5.7 million people. H-GAC works to promote efficient and accountable use of local, state, and federal tax dollars and serves as a problem-solving and information forum for local government needs.

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