Elizabeth Florez with the Business Recycler award. Photo from The city of Tukwila website.

Elizabeth Florez with the Business Recycler award. Photo from The city of Tukwila website.

2017 Tukwila Business Recycler winners

There were two winners for the 2017 year, Cascade View Elementary School and a business called Jeld-Wen.

  • Thursday, March 8, 2018 1:02pm
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The following is a press release from the city of Tukwila.

The city of Tukwila announced that the 2017 Tukwila Business Recycler of the Year winners are Cascade View Elementary School and Jeld-Wen

This year the selection committee chose two winners, since each had very impressive waste reduction and recycling achievements.

Cascade View Elementary is a public school with approximately 500 students.

Elizabeth Florez and her fourth grade class worked with Ivan Kistol, Head Custodian, and Principal Jeffrey Baker to boost school recycling and to launch food scrap composting in the cafeteria.

As a result, they doubled the amount of material collected for recycling and composting, keeping it out of the landfill. In one year, they collected 50 cubic yards of compost, which is the same amount that would fill more than half of a school bus. Their recycling rate is fifty-four percent.

Jeld-Wen is a coatings company in operation since the 1960s. More information can be found on their website www.jeld-wen.com.

Jeld-Win is able to recycle fifty percent of all materials. Dale Williams, plant manager, also has an aggressive reuse program. Materials like bags, super sacks, industrial materials, and totes are all reused to prevent waste.

The city of Tukwila has been selecting a Tukwila Business Recycler of the Year since 2006. Previous recipients include: Protime Sports, Sahale Snacks, Mighty O’ Donuts, King County Housing Authority, Rainier Industries, United Stationers, Grainger, Complete Office, Red Dot, Starfire Sports, Shasta Beverages and Pacific Metals.

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