King County Executive Dow Constantine last week singled out 92 local companies for reducing waste and increasing recycling, naming them as the county’s “Best Workplaces for Waste Prevention and Recycling for 2012.”
Woodinville's own and were among the selections.
“From recycling Styrofoam and cell phones to creating new programs for composting, the innovation these organizations have shown proves that sound environmental practices can go hand-in-hand with a successful business,” said Executive Constantine in a press release.
The sixth-annual list covers a variety of businesses in King County, including hospitality, medical services, professional services, retail, finance, government, arts and entertainment. The list also includes an honor roll of companies that have made the list at least five years in a row.
The businesses selected demonstrated a wide range of recycling and waste reduction strategies.
According to the county, businesses in King County sent more than 180,000 tons of recyclable materials to the landfill last year. 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 to help inspire others in the local business community.
All businesses operating in King County outside the City of Seattle are eligible for the list. To earn a spot, businesses must 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.
--Information from the King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks