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King County Executive announces ‘Best Workplaces for Waste Prevention and Recycling’

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King County is honoring 89 local companies for reducing waste and increasing recycling, naming them "Best Workplaces for Waste Prevention and Recycling for 2013."

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King County is honoring 89 local companies for reducing waste and increasing recycling, naming them “Best Workplaces for Waste Prevention and Recycling for 2013.”

“The commitment and ingenuity that all these organizations have shown to prevent waste and to recycle deserve special recognition,” said King County Executive Dow Constantine. “From practices such as recycling food waste and cooking oil to collection programs for old batteries, bulbs and cell phones, these organizations show that sustainability can be simple and rewarding.”

The “Best Places” list, now in its seventh year, includes a wide variety of businesses in King County, ranging from hospitality, medical services, professional services, retail, finance, government, arts and entertainment and others. The list also includes an honor roll for companies that have made the list at least five years in a row.

The businesses honored use a wide range of creative recycling and waste reduction strategies, including:

  • Doubletree Hotel Seattle Airport’s excess food donation to Food Lifeline;
  • The City of Kirkland’s innovative use of a cooking oil collection tank for employees and residents; and
  • Keeney's Office Supply’s partnership with Magnum Laser Toners to offer toner recycling and reuse to customers.

For the first year, King County is also honoring one business from the list with the “Re-Innovator Award,” recognizing exceptionally innovative waste reduction programs. This year’s recipient is Redmond-based business Hot Off The Press.

A full-service printing company, Hot Off The Press received King County’s Re-Innovator Award for greening their entire printing process. The company has moved to a 98 percent digital printing process and has a program for reusing excess paper that others might simply recycle.

“Spending a little time reviewing what your company’s waste products are, then researching who could use those products can lead to successful partnerships while benefiting the environment,” said Andrew Koeppen, managing director at Hot Off The Press. “We donate scrap paper to schools and non-profits which has helped to reduce waste and cut costs.”

Last year, businesses in King County sent more than 197,000 tons of recyclable materials to the landfill. King County’s Solid Waste Division compiles the “Best Workplaces for Waste Prevention and Recycling” list annually to recognize the top recyclers and waste reducers, and help motivate others in the local business community.

All businesses operating in King County outside the City of Seattle are eligible for the list. To secure their spot, businesses are required to meet the same five basic criteria, as well as 10 additional waste reduction and recycling criteria, such as using reusable or compostable dishware in kitchens, collecting batteries for recycling or sending electronic invoices.

To see the complete list of 2013 Best Workplaces for Waste Prevention and Recycling and to learn more about what these businesses are doing to improve recycling programs, visit www.kingcounty.gov/recyclemore, and click on the link.

To learn more about the program, contact Karen May at 206-296-4353.

The 2013 King County Best Workplaces for Waste Prevention and Recycling are listed below. Business Honor Roll companies that have made the list for five or more years in a row are signified by an asterisk and the Re-Innovator Award is signified by bold type.

 

 

Accents et cetera Gift Baskets*

King County Housing Authority

AMEC Environment & Infrastructure

Lake Washington School District*

American Classic Homes Real Estate*

Landis+Gyr

Applus Technologies*

LBA (Les Boulangers Associes) Bakery

Bastyr University

Marlene's Market & Deli

Bellevue School District

Microsoft

BladeGallery’s Epicurean Edge

Neil Levinson Enterprises

CDM Smith*

Noetix Corporation*

Chameleon Technologies, Inc.*

Outsource Marketing*

CHS Engineers, LLC

Overlake Hospital Medical Center*

City of Bellevue*

PACE Engineers, Inc.

City of Federal Way

Pacific Software Publishing, Inc.*

City of Issaquah

PCC Natural Markets*

City of Kent*

Pogacha of Issaquah*

City of Kirkland

Port of Seattle - SeaTac Airport*

City of Redmond*

PS Business Parks

City of SeaTac*

Rainier Industries

City of Shoreline

Ronald Wastewater District

City of Tukwila

Roth Hill, LLC*

D'Amico Photography, LLC

Rowley Properties Inc*

David Evans and Associates, Inc.*

Safeway – Auburn Distribution Center

Doubletree Hotel Seattle Airport

Safeway – Bellevue Beverage Plant

Dynacraft, A PACCAR Company

Salish Lodge & Spa

Eastside Community Aid Thrift Shop

Sammamish Montessori School

ECO Cartridge Store*

Seattle Airport Marriott Hotel*

Emerald Heights Retirement Community*

Shoreline Water District

EvergreenHealth*

Simplicity ABC

FCS Group*

Simplicity Décor*

Federal Way Naturopathy

St. Elizabeth Hospital - Franciscan Health System

Frito Lay, Inc.*

St. Francis Hospital - Franciscan Health System

Golder Associates Inc.

The BBQ Schacht

Harmony Massage

The Herbfarm Restaurant*

HDR Engineering, Inc.*

The Summit at Snoqualmie*

Hexcel Corporation

The Westin Bellevue Hotel*

Hilton Seattle Airport & Conference Center*

Thinkspace*

Hot Off The Press

T-Mobile USA

Hyatt Regency Bellevue

Torklift Central

In Harmony Sustainable Landscapes*

Twelve Baskets Catering

Ingenium

Voldal Wartelle & Co., P.S.

Issaquah School District*

Whole Foods Market Bellevue

Jeffrey A. Schur, DDS MSD

Wilder Environmental Consulting

Keeney's Office Supply

Willows Lodge

Kennedy/Jenks Consultants, Inc.*

Windsor Heights

Kenworth Truck Company*

Woodinville Montessori School