The Los Angeles Department of Public Works’ Sanitation and Environment announced Tuesday that it received an award for its efforts in sustainability, and an employee received an award for her achievements to promote awareness about water quality issues.

For the third year in a row, LASAN received the 2020 Call2Recycle Top 100 Leader in Sustainability Award for its work collecting and recycling more than 60,000 pounds of batteries.

Officials said they saved about $100,000 in battery disposal costs over the last three years through their battery recycling program. Instead of a plaque, LASAN will be honored with a tree donation to the National Foundation’s “50 Million for Our Forests” campaign.

The second award received was for Public Information Director Tonya Durrell, who was recognized as the 2021 California Water Environment Association – Los Angeles Basin Section Community Engagement/Outreach Person of the Year, which recognizes a person’s achievements to promote awareness and understanding of water quality issues.

Officials said Durrell demonstrated this during her coordination efforts for the Venice Dual Force Main Project. She has worked for the city for more than 20 years. Her experience in community and media relations includes working on the Santa Monica Boulevard Reconstruction project, which was completed in 2006 and was the city’s largest street improvement project.

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