The UASD represents all 473 local and special service districts statewide. It is from this group of Utah managers that Barton, known as “Debby the Garbage Goddess,” was recognized for her contribution to the rural areas of Grand County, north San Juan County and the outlying residents that the district serves.
“The UASD respects Debby’s ability to listen to community concerns and ideas, applying necessary change when possible and within budget,” states a press release from the district. “Always striving to optimize operations of each facility under her management, Debby considers customer accessibility and services, all the while extending respect to the people of the [counties] and municipalities affected by the solid waste services within the district. She further puts the safety and well-being of the employees at the top of the list of priorities she must attend to every day.”
Barton stepped in as the district manager in June 2015 and, according to the district press release, she “began working with the existing staff to retain as many as possible looking to the future mission and goals of the district. Putting to practice her vast knowledge and experience, she recognized the need to re-motivate and bring the employees together as a viable unit, working with each unique personality and individual’s skill-set. She began the task of re-building a cohesive, contributing team for the district.”
Apart from her daily responsibilities at the district, Barton volunteers her time as a member of the Four Corners Recycling Initiative. She is an active member of the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) serving as a national faculty instructor as well as the safety ambassador for the Utah chapter of SWANA.
The district has also seen another bump in recycling during recent months due to an increase in recycling efforts, generating increases in recycling materials at the Community Recycling Center located at 1000 East Sand Flats Road. With that in mind, residents are encouraged to recycle and be aware of the adjusted November 2017 schedule for the district in observance of Thanksgiving.