Waste Connections received the 2011 Tahoma Business Environmental Award from the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber during a luncheon today at Hotel Murano.

Waste Connections provides solid waste collection, transfer, disposal and recycling services to more than 2 million residential, commercial and industrial customers in 27 western and southern states. Waste Connections operates Pierce County-based companies Murrey’s Disposal, American Disposal, DM Disposal and DM Recycling, Tacoma Recycling and LRI Landfill as part of its “Northern Washington Division.”

The Pierce County system (excluding Tacoma, Ruston and JBLM) has achieved a recycle rate of 49 percent, above the national average of 34 percent.