Leon County Hazard Waste Center gets Award for Strange Find

World War 2 Photo Roll
Posted at 5:40 PM, May 27, 2015
and last updated 2015-05-27 14:23:50-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fl. (WTXL) -- The Leon County Hazardous Waste Center is located a ways from the main city, but it's important role in helping eliminate dangerous materials doesn't go unnoticed.

They were awarded not once, but three times. The third, for some rather unusual item.

"We're always trying to look at new ways to improve in the way we handle things, improve our efficiency, improve our safety," said hazardous waste manager Richard Lobinske.

North American Hazardous Materials Management Association (NAHMMA) awarded the hazardous waste center the Longstanding Program Excellence award, the Golden Bung award, for improved efficiency and innovation. And finally, the Pickled Skunk Brains award.

The third award, with its rather unique name, is for the most unusual item discovered during collection of materials. A WWII-era aerial photo reconnaissance photograph paper roll, which was donated to Florida State University's Institute on World War II and the Human Experience.

And its not the first time the center has found strange objects in collections. "We kind of picked up a little bit of a reputation for that", said Lobinske. "Ex-military issued de-contamination equipment. It turned out to be hazardous material that had to be disposed of properly."

Lobinske also says while the award is fun, it recognizes part of the job to determine the hazard of certain items.