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For Immediate Release: November 15, 2010
2010-Release 16
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CalRecycle Names 2010 Waste Reduction Award Winners: Organizations recognized for green business practices

SACRAMENTO--In commemoration of America Recycles Day, the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) today announced the winners of this year’s Waste Reduction Awards. A record 285 California businesses and nonprofit organizations received Waste Reduction Awards Program (WRAP) recognition in 2010 for their environmentally friendly business strategies and enhanced recycling efforts.

“WRAP acknowledges businesses throughout California recognition for implementing practices that help protect the environment and preserve our natural resources,” said CalRecycle Director Margo Reid Brown. “We have 80 first-time winners, and many organizations have come back year after year with new and stronger waste prevention programs.”

Each of the 285 entries was evaluated individually, based on reported waste prevention, recycling and composting, procurement, and educational activities. Those who applied but were ineligible for an award will receive advice from CalRecycle about how to improve green practices, such as ways to increase source reduction. WRAP 2010 honorees will receive certificates and window decals to notify customers of their achievement.

The winning entries reported diverting more than 2 million tons of material from landfills during 2009 and recorded more than $190 million in cost savings from their waste-reduction efforts. Of the 285 awards, 242 of the entries were for single sites, and 59 were for businesses with multiple locations. First-time applicants represented 27 percent of the 301 total entries submitted to CalRecycle.

Winners ranged in size from mom-and-pop stores with fewer than 10 employees to multi-million dollar corporations with thousands of staff. This year’s winners included the World Series champion San Francisco Giants and AT&T Park, which instituted a Green Team to work with fans to separate recycling and composting; Costco Palm Desert that diverted nearly five million pounds of waste in 2009 through composting, recycling and reuse; and The Wine Group in Ripon, which bills itself as “The most cost and carbon effective vintner in the world.”

No matter the size of a company or type of business, reducing waste has a significant impact on the state’s overall waste diversion efforts. California generates more than 90 million tons of municipal solid waste each year, and more than half of that comes from the commercial sector.

WRAP has been recognizing California business waste reduction efforts since 1993. View company profiles of 2010 WRAP winners on the CalRecycle website. To learn more about beverage container recycling visit the Bottles and Cans page.

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