City of Tukwila, housing authority, two businesses recognized for recycling efforts

Four businesses or public agencies in Tukwila have been named to the King County Solid Waste Division 2014 “Best Workplaces for Recycling and Waste Reduction” list.

Four businesses or public agencies in Tukwila have been named to the King County Solid Waste Division 2014 “Best Workplaces for Recycling and Waste Reduction” list.

The list recognizes businesses for their innovative recycling practices and commitment to reducing the amount of waste their company produces, according to a King County press release.

Recognized from Tukwila are:

• City of Tukwila

• King County Housing Authority

• Rainier Industries Ltd.

• Starfire Sports

This is what was written about Tukwila in the recognition.

“The City of Tukwila returns to the Best Workplaces for Waste Prevention and Recycling list for the fifth consecutive year, making onto the Honor Roll list. The City provides a convenient and comprehensive recycling and waste reduction program for its employees and visitors at City facilities. Recently they had an “Earth Day Recycling Survey” designed to determine if there was confusion about what could and could not be recycled, as well as to solicit ideas from employees. All employees who responded were entered in a drawing to win one of five sets of “eco speakers” made from recycled content materials. In prior years, they have offered an on-line “Earth Day Pledge.” These types of activities engage employees in recycling and waste prevention, and also provide useful information for improving their program.”

The county named 97 businesses to the list, the highest number since the program began in 2007.

“The creativity and commitment shown by these organizations to limit waste and increase recycling merits special recognition,” said Pat McLaughlin, director of the King County Solid Waste Division. “Whether it’s converting to paperless billing or holding recycling events for employees to donate old clothing and cell phones, these organizations demonstrate that sustainability can be simple and effective.”

The “Best Workplaces” list is now in its eighth year and includes a wide variety of businesses in King County – from hospitality, medical services, professional services, technology, 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 organizations on this year’s list have put in place ways to be eco-friendly and sustainable. For example:

• AMEC eliminated bottled water and traded disposable plates and utensils for dishes and silverware in the workplace.

• PCC Natural Markets converts its food scraps into organic liquid fertilizer that is sold at its stores.

• Taco Time Northwest recycled 51,270 gallons of cooking oil into 46,143 gallons of biodiesel fuel.

King County is also recognizing one business from this year’s list with the “Re-Innovator Award,” for exceptionally innovative waste reduction programs. Kirkland-based accounting firm VWC earned the Re-Innovator Award by becoming a paperless office.

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