The Waste Reduction Awards Program (WRAP) recognizes California businesses that have made outstanding efforts to reduce nonhazardous waste and send less garbage to our landfills. "WRAP of the Year" recognized the best examples of these efforts from 1996-2007, which serve as waste management models to the rest of their industry.

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2006 WRAP of the Year winners:

2005 WRAP of the Year winners:

Agilent Technologies, Inc.. Sonoma County Operations (Santa Rosa, Sonoma County) with campuses in Santa Rosa and Rohnert Park is a leading manufacturer of high performance test and measurement equipment for the fast growing worldwide telecommunications industry. The company has obtained registration for all of its manufacturing sites under the global ISO-14001 Environmental Management System Standard. The company is a leader in the management of solid wastes and has implemented a highly successful reuse and recycling program for solid waste materials that otherwise would go to landfill.

The company has established recycling centers at its two campuses in the county that are staffed by clients of Becoming Independent, which is a first-time-to-work program for developmentally challenged adults. The recycling centers provide support and space for a major deskside and manufacturing by-product recycling program that makes it very easy for employees to recycle materials. During 2004, Agilent operations in Sonoma County diverted over 994 tons or 80 percent of the solid waste generated from the local landfill. This was an increase from the 74 percent diversion rate achieved in 2003. At least $138,110 in landfill fees were saved due to the waste diversion activities. The company also donates surplus materials including office equipment, etc. to qualified local nonprofit organizations. Agilent is proud of the success achieved thus far in its waste reduction and recycling efforts and intends to continually improve upon its performance and be an industry leader in this area. WRAP award winner from 2000 through 2005 (6 years).

Byers' LeafGuard Gutter Systems (Grass Valley, Nevada County) is a full service, seamless, custom-fit gutter contractor that provides a "no clog" guarantee to their customers. The company covers most of Northern California with low emission/fuel efficient sales vehicles, saving both kinds of "green." Byers' also works with a firm that picks up metal gutters that they remove from clients' homes, and recycles them. An impressive 203.89 tons of metal, scraps and cardboard were diverted from Nevada County's limited and precious landfill in 2004. An equally attractive figure of $13,938.73 in savings is what Byers' LeafGuard Gutter System has to show for their efforts in this past year alone! WRAP award winner from 2001 through 2005 (5 years).

Safeway Inc. (Pleasanton, Alameda County) is one of the largest retail grocery companies in North America operating 557 California stores (Safeway241 and Vons315). Vons has conducted a composting program for green waste at its stores since 1995. This program has been expanded into Safeway's Northern California Division. Cost savings resulted as a reduction in waste disposal and landfill costs. Last year, the two divisions diverted 210,926 tons from landfill disposal by composting and recycling. In addition, Safeway diverted other materials from landfills including corrugated cardboard, plastic, meat waste, metal, paper, and glass through recycling programs. WRAP award winner from 1999 through 2005 (7 years).

Trinchero Family Estates (St. Helena, Napa County) has six facilities in Amador, Napa & San Joaquin counties. Trinchero is a Napa Valley wine company, owned and operated by the Trinchero family since 1948. The wine company, the fifth largest in the United States, produces the wines of Sutter Home, Trinchero, Montevina, Trinity Oaks, Folie a Deux, Menage a Trois, Three Thieves, and Fre, and imports Reynolds Vineyards and Boomey wines of Australia. Trinchero Family Estates practices sustainable farming in the vineyards and innovative waste reduction at all of its winery facilities, including the reuse of 50,000,000 gallons of wastewater and composting 24,000 tons of pumice and 1,000 tons of diatomaceous earth. This year, the winery upgraded three of its bottling lines to accommodate bulk glass, eliminating a significant volume of extra packing materials, such as cartons and shrink-wrap, which previously needed to be processed for recycling. The result is an annual reduction of 850 tons in corrugated material and 100 tons of plastic shrink-wrap, realizing a cost savings of $750,000. WRAP award winner from 2000 through 2005 (6 years).

Walser's (Torrance, Los Angeles County) Walser's is a family-owned business, which has been in operation for 30 years. Walser's has over 22,000 square feet of combined retail, imaging center, and warehouse space. Walser's encourages reuse by allowing customers to take store displays no longer needed by the business. One of Walser's most successful waste recycling activities this year has been the recycling of cardboard and paper waste, along with plastic, glass bottles, and cans. Now that Walser's sells novelty and unusual beverages, Walser's collects an even greater amount of cans and bottles from employees and customers. From the money earned from recycling these containers, Walser's is able to have a Holiday feast for all of their employees and families. Walser's does this not only to reward their employees for a job well done, but also to recognize their recycling efforts. Walser's added plastic tote bins for recycling paper materials. Their contribution to these bins continues to add up to hundreds of pounds per week. Employees have gone to such efforts as to voluntarily bring items from their homes to contribute to the program instead of disposing of them. As of yet, a recycle collection for commercial facilities has not yet provided in this area, so the owners transport items to their homes for the residential recycle collection. Walser's diverted nine tons of solid waste and provided a cost savings estimated to be over $3,000. WRAP award winner from 1999 through 2005 (7 years).

2004 WRAP of the Year winners

American Honda Motor Inc. Co.—Torrance

American Honda Motor Inc. Co. is the United States sales, marketing, and distribution arm for Honda and Acura automobiles, Honda motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles, marine engines, and power equipment. American Honda's comprehensive waste reduction/recycling program includes the regular donation of surplus and used equipment to nonprofit organizations. American Honda has also been successful with a recycling program that collects all recyclable office wastepaper from each associate's desk throughout the organization each day.

In 2003, through the dedicated efforts of its associates and the company's long-standing commitment to the environment, American Honda recycled 976 tons of paper and cardboard, 385 tons of wood pallets, 468 tons of metal, and 11 tons of aluminum cans, plastic and glass at its headquarters facility in Torrance, California. Won WRAP awards in 1999-2004 (6 years).
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Eco-Pop Designs—Moss Beach

Eco-Pop Designs uses art, ecology and invention to create environmentally friendly products that promote recycling. Eco-Pop Designs manufactures all metal recycling containers using the highest amount of recycled and reused materials available. Eco-Pop Designs actively promotes reuse, recycling and waste reduction and has been deeply committed to the environment for more than 10 years. Eco-Pop Designs was recently awarded "Most Appealing" at the recent 2003 CIWMB Recycled Products Trade Show, other previous CIWMB awards include "Greenest to the Bone" 2000 and "Most Creative" 2001. Won WRAP awards in 1994-2004 (9 years).
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Friedrich-Houston Enterprises—Lomita

Friedrich-Houston Enterprises is a husband/wife contracting team that specializes in commercial and residential maintenance and remodeling. The company has diverted over five tons of waste through recycling efforts this past year. Wood is turned into mulch and soil amendments, and steel is recycled into cars and other consumer products. Brass, cooper, paper, cardboard and plastics are all source separated and delivered to the proper recycling facility.

Usable appliances are donated to charitable organizations and many plumbing and electrical fixtures find their way to the local adult school as teaching aids. As a home based business, Friedrich-Houston Enterprises puts out a small trash can every two weeks, everything else is recycled! Won WRAP awards in 1994-2004 (11 years).

Frito-Lay Modesto Facility

Frito-Lay is one of the largest snack food producers in the United States. The Frito-Lay Modesto facility manufactures and distributes chips. Whenever possible, Frito-Lay donates surplus chips to food banks and non-profit organizations. In addition, the Modesto facility sells all of its product waste to farmers for animal feed.

In 2003, Frito-Lay Modesto continued its momentum towards reducing waste destined to be land filled by over 26 million pounds. They were #1 in the company by revamping their starch recovery system and maintaining efficiency of 112 percent and saved more than $100,000 by selling recyclable materials such as cardboard, plastic, cans, and scrap metals. Won WRAP awards in 1998-2004 (7 years).
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Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co.—Palmdale

Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., a business area of Lockheed Martin, is a leader in the design, development, systems integration, production and support of advanced military aircraft and related technologies. Its customers include the military services of the United States and allied countries throughout the world. Products include the F-16, F/A-22, F-35 JSF, F-117, T-50, C-5, C-130, C-130J, P-3, S-3 and U-2.

Numerous organizations within the company, including Environmental Resources, Conservation Sales, Custodial Services, Document Control, Transportation, Production, Site Representatives, and Procurement, work together to promote the reduction, reuse and recycling of waste. The facility minimizes the waste disposed of through recycling, donations, reuse, and employee sales.

Waste reduction programs at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, Palmdale are always improving and developing. In the last year, they have reduced landfill-destined waste by 1,397.54 tons and saved more than $350,000 in disposal costs. Won WRAP awards in 2003 and 2004 (2 years).
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The Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens—Los Angeles

The Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens is a 113-acre public facility dedicated to supporting programs that preserve biodiversity and conserve natural habitat. The Zoo's signature programs are its compost and its recycling mascot, Rascal the Recycling Raccoon. Rascal the Recycling Raccoon is the star of a mobile recycling show, which has visited over 3,000 school children throughout Los Angeles. Rascal has also been featured in parades and his image is emblazoned on the Zoo's natural gas-powered Recyclemobile.

Rascal proudly represents a recycling program that has diverted an amazing 74 percent of its waste from landfills in the last year. This includes over 1500 tons of animal's waste and tree trimmings that combine to form their famous compost material. In 2003, the Zoo diverted 4300 tons of waste and saved almost $60,000 through tipping fees avoided and revenue gained from selling recyclable materials. Won WRAP awards in 2001 and 2004 (2 years).
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Nomad Café—Oakland

Nomad Café is the East Bay's hip, new, independently owned, community-based, earth-friendly arts and Internet café. Ninety-five percent of waste produced at the café is compostable, and is recycled through a local food waste-recycling program, or directly to customers. Nomad diverts over twelve tons of waste per year from landfills through proactive recycling and composting programs. All Nomad Café coffee products are Organic and Fair Trade Certified to promote sustainable farming and a healthier planet. First year as WRAP award winner (2004).
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Northstar-at-Tahoe is a ski and summer resort located in the Sierra Nevada mountain range near beautiful Lake Tahoe. In an effort to reduce the amount of solid waste sent to the landfill, Northstar renewed its commitment to reducing waste and recycling at its two main restaurant locations. Through reduced packaging, less food waste, increased recycling, and education of both employees and customers, Northstar saved $28,000 over a five-month period in waste hauling charges, saving tons of waste from the waste stream. Won WRAP awards in 1997-2004 (8 years).
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Quady Winery—Madera

Quady Winery is a small, family-run business that makes internationally renowned dessert wines. Through on-site activities such as composting, the winery has been able to reuse over 62 tons of organic waste. Last year, by starting a recycling program for production and office materials, the winery was able to cut its total waste in half, and divert an additional 21 tons from the landfill.

In total, 99.3 percent of waste generated by the winery is composted or recycled. Recent modifications in packaging, investment in modern processing equipment, and a redesign of the vineyard irrigation system have been highly effective in reducing waste, energy, and water costs. At least $10,000 was saved last year. Quady Winery views waste reduction as part of its overall responsibility to the community and also participate in other green business practices. Won WRAP awards in 2003 and 2004 (2 years).
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Ricoh Electronics, Inc. (REI)—Tustin

Ricoh Electronics, Inc. (REI) is one of 395 domestic and overseas companies that comprise Ricoh Company, Ltd., a $14.7 billion global corporation and a leading supplier of advanced office automation equipment. Ricoh produces highly-advanced digital copiers, peripherals, printed circuit boards, SecureFax machines, eCabinets, thermal media, toner, parts, remanufactured toner cartridges and customer configured products at their facilities in Orange County, California, Lawrenceville, Georgia, and Toluca, Mexico.

Since the founding of Ricoh Electronics, Inc., in Orange County in 1973, they have faithfully upheld their commitment to quality excellence while experiencing impressive growth in the array of products and services they provide. Their 1,384 employees are dedicated to meeting the challenges associated with this tremendous growth and achieving their vision: Delivering Excellence in Image Communication for the Future…Today!

Ricoh's philosophy is to pursue environmental conservation because they have a strong sense of mission as a citizen of this Earth. Ricoh does not take action to preserve the environment simply for the sake of complying with regulations, but because it is fundamental to their continued success as a business. REI continues to improve its Zero Waste to Landfill Reduction of Waste system, which was achieved in 2001, and pursue additional environmental goals.

In 2003, REI diverted over 8,001,140 pounds of waste through the recycling efforts of each employee. Over the past year, REI saved over $2,500,000 as a result of their employee driven Environmental Sustainability Improvement Activities. Efforts made through the continuous improvement activities will make REI a more attractive company in the eyes of their customers, shareholders and society at large. Won WRAP awards in 1995-2004 (7 years).
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2003 WRAP of the Year winners

American Licorice Company--Union City

The American Licorice Company is a medium-sized company that manufactures Redvines, a licorice candy product. Whenever possible, the manufacturing company donates surplus materials to nonprofit organizations and schools. In 2002, the company reduced waste destined to be landfilled by 554.8 tons and saved $48,000 in garbage disposal fees by modifying the manufacturing process to use fewer materials, reusing surplus supplies and equipment, and selling recyclable materials such as cardboard, waste paper, plastic film, and scrap metal.

Blue & Gold Fleet, LP--San Francisco

Blue & Gold Fleet is the leading ferry vessel transportation company in California, providing fast, clean, and efficient commuter services from Vallejo, Oakland, Alameda, Tiburon, Fisherman's Wharf, Sausalito, and San Francisco's Financial District. In 2002, Blue & Gold Fleet recycled 100,000 pounds of cardboard, 32,000 pounds of paper, 6,000 gallons of oil, and installed energy efficient lightning to save 82,000-kilowatt hours per year. Through the engine re-power program of Blue & Gold Fleet ferry vessels, the Blue & Gold Fleet has reduced its use of diesel fuels by more than 100,000 gallons annually. The implementation of Blue & Gold Fleet's recycling/reuse/reduce and environmental programs saves approximately $120,000 per year in operation costs. The Blue & Gold Fleet's goal is to exemplify the best management practices and environmental sustainability and to minimize the impact in all of the Blue & Gold Fleet operations. They continue to seek and adopt innovative strategies to further improve the Blue & Gold Fleet's performance in environmental management.

City of Hope National Medical Center and Beckman Research Institute--Duarte

City of Hope National Medical Center is one of just 37 Comprehensive Cancer Centers in the United States as designated by the National Cancer Institute and is a founding member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network. Located in Duarte, California, close to 2,500 physicians, researchers, staff, and volunteers work to find the causes and cures for cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Located on over 110 beautifully landscaped acres, they have instituted the practice of "grass-cycling" over 70 tons of grass annually over the past three years. Where feasible and practical, flowerbeds have been replaced with xeriscaping. Additionally, they have recycled more than 450 tons of shredded paper, 90 tons of cardboard and close to 1.5 tons of batteries in the past two years! This represents a cost savings for disposal of over $27,000 in the past two years. Revenue from cardboard has garnered $4,600 in the same timeframe, used by the Recycling Task Force to purchase recycling equipment. In 2002, they applied for and received close to $66,000 in combined grant funds from the City of Duarte and the state Department of Conservation, with which they will purchase desk-side paper collection containers and place many recycling kiosks throughout their expansive campus in order to collect mixed beverage containers.

Community Environmental Council--Santa Barbara

The Community Environmental Council (CEC) is the leading non-profit environmental education organization in Santa Barbara County. With its five centers and ten programs, CEC provides valuable community services, including water quality protection, hazardous waste management, recycling and waste reduction, integrated pest management, promotion of sustainable living, and energy conservation. CEC's headquarters, the Gildea Resource Center, serves as a model for "green" building features, organic gardening, and energy conservation and efficiency. Aside from the environmental benefits of these features, the organization also enjoys economic advantages by reducing its monthly electricity bill by approximately 30 percent. CEC is also a leader in its waste minimization and recycling strategies, practicing onsite composting and diverting from the landfill roughly 100 garbage can-sized loads of recyclable material each year.

East West Partners--Truckee

East West Partners is a resort developer and operator located in Lake Tahoe, where they are creating a club family, Tahoe Mountain Resorts. To date, East West Partners has achieved successful and unique waste reduction and recycling activities within its Coyote Moon golf course operations, Wild Goose restaurant operations, general office operations, and the planning of Old Greenwood and the Northstar Ski Village. From May 2002 to May 2003, East West Partners successfully diverted an estimated 12.5 tons of material from landfill. These efforts to "remove the concept of waste" from their company vocabulary saved East West Partners thousands of dollars. East West Partners will divert and reuse even more material and bring sustainable design concepts from the drawing board to reality.

Hitachi Automotive Products, Los Angeles--Torrance

Hitachi Automotive Products (USA), Inc. Los Angeles Plant is in the business of remanufacturing automotive components such as alternators, distributors, engine control units, mass airflow sensors, and starters. As an ISO-14001 certified company, Hitachi strives for continuous improvement in its environmental management systems. Last year, the company donated two compressors to Habit for Humanity and held furniture raffles in which employees purchased company furniture at minimal cost. Hitachi also diverted more than 2.4 million pounds (1,211 tons) of materials from the landfill and saved an estimated $1.2 million by using used cores instead of new products for remanufacturing.

Hewlett Packard, San Diego

Hewlett Packard's San Diego site in Rancho Bernardo was established in September 1968. HP local operation includes the design, development and marketing of all-in-one office and home products, digital photography products, inkjet pen cartridges and media, large-format printer sales and marketing, specialty inkjet printers, and internet imaging services. For more than 35 years, HP's Rancho Bernardo facility has developed and commercialized innovative printing and imaging technologies for industrial, business and home customers throughout the world. Over 80 acres of campus is home to the Imaging and Printing Systems group, three Consumer Business Organization functions, three divisions, three operations, and two marketing centers. HP maintains a landfill diversion of basically 80 tons monthly or 78.5 percent for fiscal year 2002. The Recycle and Waste Stream Management Program identifies 26 commodities for reuse, reduction and recycling. It is unique and significant that all cardboard, paper, plastic, and Styrofoam are compacted, shredded, and/or baled on site for shipment to local vendors. The landfill diversion coupled with actual financial rebates generated cost savings of around $100,000.00. A generous donation program benefits local schools and nonprofit organizations and HP San Diego is a strong advocate of utilizing recycled consumables and by-products.

The Invironmentalists, The Interior Services Company of DuPont Textiles and Interiors--South San Francisco

The Invironmentalists, The Interior Services Company of DuPont Textiles and Interiors San Francisco Bay Area Branch is a medium-sized company that offers interior assessment, products and installation, vitalization and reclamation services for commercial environments. Between June 2002 and June 2003, they shipped 158,900 pounds of used carpet, carpet scraps, and carpet cushion that otherwise would have been landfilled to their recycling plant where it was demanufactured, reclaimed, and turned into materials for new products. The company also recycles cardboard containers, office paper, and wood shipping pallets, saving The Invironmentalists more than $100,000 each year.

Toyota North American Parts Center, California--Ontario

Toyota North American Parts Center California (NAPCC) is a 734,000 square-foot warehouse that distributes automobile parts throughout North American and Europe. NAPCC is committed to protecting the environment through natural resource conservation, recycling, prevention of pollution, and other initiatives. Last year NAPCC's most effective improvement, the transition to returnable shipping units, saved approximately 627 tons of wood and 82 tons of cardboard. NAPCC was also able to divert an additional 654 tons of waste from landfill, achieving a 59 percent diversion rate and to donate $280,000 in parts to different schools for technical training programs. Through the relentless pursuit of environmental excellence NAPCC was able to save approximately $1.4 million.

Turtle Bay Exploration Park--Redding

Turtle Bay Exploration Park seeks to develop an identity that defines Northern California and imparts a sense of stewardship for the Sacramento River watershed and an appreciation for its history and culture. Through visitor-oriented programming, the Park teaches about interrelationships and interdependencies among all components of a natural community, and explores issues of conservation and sustainability of natural resources and human communities. As part of its continued belief in the principles of sustainability, Turtle Bay pursues a large scale recycling and waste reduction program. Last year, over 700 tons of materials were reused or recycled by the museum. Built out of many recycled materials and with environmental stewardship in mind, Turtle Bay's sustainability ethic is reflected in many parts of the campus. From the 50 percent recycled glass tiles in the restrooms to the rice straw bale wall in the Visitor Center, the Turtle Bay experience provides visitors and staff with examples of sustainable technologies that demonstrate respect for the environment and the need to be efficient and creative with its natural resources.

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Briar Patch Community Market--Grass Valley

Briar Patch Community Market is a medium-sized natural food co-operative with over 1,000 owner-members. Briar Patch reuses and/or recycles 96 percent of the materials generated in store operations, saving over $18,000 per year in waste disposal fees. Cardboard boxes account for much of the diversion: 27,284 pounds of wax-coated and 12,584 pounds of regular cardboard boxes are reused each year, and 22,916 pounds of cardboard are recycled. Each year, they also give over 6,000 pounds of produce waste to farmers and gardeners for compost or chicken feed, and they even collect empty egg cartons for reuse. Packing materials such as Styrofoam and bubble wrap are re-used by costumers or a local mailing service. The Briar Patch Community Market will continue to find innovative ways to reduce what it contributes to the waste stream.

Dominican Hospital--Santa Cruz

Dominican Hospital is a full-service community hospital in Santa Cruz. Founded in 1941 by the Adrian Dominican Sisters, Dominican is a member of Catholic Healthcare West, a nonprofit health system, co-sponsored by eight congregations of religious women. Since 1994 Dominican has operated "Domin-Again", a distribution center where materials that are still useful and can have another life again are collected. Its best "customers" are employees and those from the community associated with schools and day care centers, as well as those interested in arts and crafts. Dominican also finds uses for larger cast-off items; excess and obsolete medical supplies and equipment go to clinics in Central America and Africa, while unneeded furniture is give to local schools and government agencies. The hospital operates a full spectrum of recycling programs including glass, aluminum, batteries, fluorescent tubes and plastic. Since May of 2001, they have diverted over 14,000 pounds of blue sterile wrap and plastic from the landfill.

Leisure World, Laguna Woods--Laguna Woods

Leisure World, Laguna Hills, a retirement community of approximately 18,000 residents, is located in Orange County, California. Since 1987, Leisure World has been an innovator in waste reduction and recycling efforts in California through its successful green waste composting operation; newspaper, glass, aluminum, construction debris, and metals recycling programs; as well as the initiation of new re-landscaping techniques that source reduce the amount of green yard waste produced. As a result, Leisure World, Laguna Hills has achieved a solid waste diversion rate of over 58 percent. In county landfill tipping fees alone, approximately $264,000 was saved in 2001 through these recycling efforts, and revenues of over $185,000 were received.

Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego--San Diego

Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego is a hotel committed to waste reduction and environmental preservation. In addition to an advanced water reuse system, which helps preserve one of the earth's most precious resources and saves over 3,000 gallons of water a day, the Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego focuses on recycling cardboard, aluminum, paper and glass. The Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego collected 163,440 pounds of cardboard, 668 pounds of aluminum, 77,085 pounds of paper and 74,129 pounds of glass. This program diverted 315,322 pounds of trash in 2001/2002 and resulted in $10,663.48 of revenue of the hotel.

Marian Medical Center--Santa Maria

Marian Medical Center, a health organization identifying stewardship as one of its core values, is a 167-bed hospital with two hospital campuses and a 95-bed extended care center. Dedicated to caring for the wellness, health, and healing of its community members' live, work, and play. To do their part in keeping the community clean, Marian employees and volunteers regularly give time to clean a stretch of Highway 101, as well as to keep Joe White Park in Santa Maria sparkling clean. Additionally, to encourage recycling, Marian houses the Franciscan Store where employees can shop at no charge for recycled hospital goods. Other Marian programs divert over 55,000 pounds of green waste from the landfill, and the Clean Green Waste to Compost program diverts hospital wrapping materials for a savings of 15,600 pounds a year. Additionally, through its energy conservation program, the hospital has reduced the usage of all utilities by 13 percent at a cost savings of over $60,000.

Portofino Hotel & Yacht Club--Redondo Beach

The Portofino Hotel & Yacht Club is a beautiful, deluxe hotel located in Redondo Beach on a lush, private peninsula on King Harbor. This property is Los Angeles' only oceanfront hotel and offers magnificent, panoramic views of the harbor, the Pacific Ocean, Palos Verdes and Catalina Island. The Portofino Hotel & Yacht Club has created a recycling program that is similar to that of the residents of Redondo Beach. The hotel offers comingled recycling for its Live Aboard tenants. What used to be thrown away now is being collected at the same location and recycled. The hotel also offers the marina tenants an oil collection facility for any used motor oils or diesel fluids to keep it out of the trash. The Portofino Hotel & Yacht Club has been able to divert 42 percent of its trash stream by providing marina tenants with a comingled program, recycling from the restaurant, hotel and convention center, and reducing green waste. By implementing these programs, the Portofino Hotel & Yacht Club has reduced its trash bill significantly.

Sierra Nevada Brewing Company--Chico

The Sierra Nevada Brewing Company is the ninth largest brewer in the United States and produces ales and lagers of the highest quality. At every stage in the brewing and packaging process, the company attempts to reduce waste generation. This includes recycling cardboard, plastics, metals and other materials, utilizing spent brewing grains, hops, and yeast for cattle feed, reducing water use and operating its own water purification plant. In 2001, the company reduced waste sent to the landfill by these amounts: 31 million pounds of grain, 436,000 pounds of hops, nine million pounds of yeast, 320,000 pounds of cardboard, 237,000 pounds of glass, 7,360 pounds of office pack/mixed paper and a significant amount of various other materials. In this same time period the brewery has saved $1.5 million by reducing high strength water treatment charges, selling recyclable materials, and reusing surplus supplies and equipment.

Tofu Shop Specialty Foods, Inc.--Arcata

Tofu Shop Specialty Foods, Inc. provides fine organic tofu products throughout the North Coast. The 22-year-old company with 17 full-time employees proudly diverts 99.7 percent of its waste and only puts out one and a half garbage cans per week. By giving its by-product soybean pulp to local farmers, the Tofu Shop diverts 240,000 pounds of pulp per year. The Tofu Shop saved $9,000 last year by diverting its waste.

Westfield Shoppingtown Mission Valley--San Diego

Westfield Shoppingtown Mission Valley is a super regional outdoor mall located in Central San Diego with three major department stores, over 100 tenants, an AMC-20 Multiplex Theater and numerous full service restaurants, including a micro-brewery. The Shoppingtown occupies 81.5 acres, has 1,583,469 square feet of stores and 7,181 parking spaces. On an average day, 26,000 people will arrive at the Shoppingtown to shop, eat and drink, see a movie or just enjoy the time in an exciting environment. The Shoppingtown will recycle over 1,300,000 pounds of cardboard, paper and plastics this year. In addition to these results, the Shoppingtown will save over $180,000 in electrical costs alone with the brand new "State of the Art" central plant installed this year to heat and cool the entire Shoppingtown.

Whole Foods Market Sebastopol--Sebastopol

Whole Foods Market is the world's largest natural and organic foods supermarket. Whole Foods Market donates surplus food and equipment to nonprofit organizations, uses recycled materials in its packaging, recycles and reuses extensively, provides environmental education, and gives monetary support to environmental organizations. Whole Foods Market Sebastopol was recently recognized as one of the top 15 food donors of Food for Thought Food Bank to which it makes daily donations. Whole Foods Market Sebastopol donates five cents to a local environmental nonprofit for each grocery bag which is reused. Since the program's inception, grocery bags are reused 73 percent more frequently. Whole Foods Market also received the first "Green Building" award in 1998 for sustainable renovation of its corporate headquarters that lead to a 42 percent reduction in waste and the EPA profiling Whole Foods Market as a construction waste reduction and recycling record-setter.

2001 WRAP of the Year winners

Anheuser Busch, Inc. (Fairfield Brewery)

The Anheuser-Busch, Fairfield Brewery produces over four million barrels of beer. Located along I-80 in Fairfield, Solano County, the brewery was designed with pollution prevention in mind by recycling 98.8 percent of its waste and by-products (over 102,000 tons/year) during the year 2000. The brewery saves over 100 billion BTUs of energy recovered from a closed loop heat recovery system. The Fairfield brewery is the only brewery within the U.S. to be certified ISO 14001. Examples of recycling and reclaiming include over 310,000 gallons of ethanol was produced from waste/recovered beer, over 99,980 tons of grain was recovered and used for livestock feed, and over 270 tons of beech wood chips were collected for off-site composting or energy recovery.

Fender Musical Instruments Corp.--Corona

Fender Musical Instruments Corp. located in Corona, manufactures world-class electric guitars, bass guitars, and amplifiers. Fender's commitment to waste reduction begins with employee education and awareness. In addition, they continuously test new technologies and evaluate their manufacturing process. This ongoing program has allowed Fender to optimize the use of raw materials as well as considerably reduce the amount of wood waste and wood processing products produced. Every Fender guitar, bass, and amplifier is a first-rate product which is shipped in packaging made from 33 to 66 percent recycled material. The packaging carries the WRAP logo to encourage the customer to recycle and reuse.

IBM Corp. Storage Technology Division--San Jose

IBM San Jose, is the worldwide headquarters for the Storage Technology Division (STD), focusing on development, manufacture and marketing of leading storage technology products and storage solutions for IBM customers and original equipment manufacturers (OEM). IBM San Jose is committed to tackling all aspects of waste minimization. This site's solid waste program's recycling efforts extend beyond the traditional materials (e.g., paper, glass, metals and plastics) to include clean polystyrene cafeteria and packaging wastes to ink toner cartridges, clean construction debris, and sodium bicarbonate waste and glass disk rejects from the wafer and disk manufacturing processes, respectively. In 2000, IBM San Jose recycled nearly 81 percent (4,638 tons) of the solid waste generated at this site. The site also leads the STD Environmentally Conscious Products (ECP) program. With their guidance, STD continues to decrease the use of nonreusable packaging in products. Other improvements include an increase in the number of plastic parts marked for future recycling/reuse, from nine part numbers in 1999 to 40 in 2000, and the mass of recycled plastic used in products (around 462,000 pounds in 2000). Through its ISO 14001-registered environmental management system, IBM San Jose has committed to continual improvement of its waste reduction efforts.

Korbel Champagne Cellars--Guerneville

Korbel Champagne Cellars is the largest producer nationally of methode champenoise and the fourth largest producer of brandy. We have dedicated a Waste Control Technician to oversee and implement programs that have reduced landfill costs by 60 percent and recycling of 1,500 tons of cardboard, 200 tons of glass and stretch paper, 40-50 tons of scrap metal, office paper, phone books, and shredded paper, 42.5 tons of crown caps, and about 15 tons of plastic bidules annually.

Pacific Bell Directory--San Francisco

Pacific Bell Directory is one of the nation's leading publishers of telephone directories, supplying one of the most recognizable and utilized references in 15 million California homes and businesses, the Pacific Bell SMART Yellow Pages. Pacific Bell Directory's environmental efforts start with manufacturing directories that are completely recyclable and contain a high percentage of post-consumer waste, and end with annual coordination with hundreds of communities across the state to make phone book recycling convenient for residents and businesses. Most outdated Pacific Bell SMART Yellow Pages are recycled into new telephone book paper, as well as remittance envelopes used for Pacific Bell phone bill payments, household insulation, breakfast cereal boxes, cardboard boxes, agricultural packaging, stationery and more.

Philips Semiconductors Inc.--Sunnyvale

Philips Semiconductors Inc., of Sunnyvale, is part of Philips Electronics N.V., an international electronics manufacturing firm that has headquarters in the Netherlands. Sunnyvale operations include semiconductor device design, testing, research and development laboratories. Since 1992, Philips Electronics N.V. has distinguished itself through adoption of the "Philips Global Environmental Policy", committing the entire Philips family of companies to sustainability and pollution prevention. Each operating company within the Philips family adopts environmental policies specific to their line of business. Philips Semiconductors Inc. of Sunnyvale established the Envision program (Solid Waste Recycling Team) in 1998 and Helping the Environment by Revising the Operations System (H.E.R.O.S.) in 1996. These two teams helped in building the foundation of their "3 R" program (reducing, recycling, and reusing activities). Since 1998, the facility achieved their goal to reach above a 70 percent recycling rate. For the year 2000, the facility increased its recycling efforts by 40,000 pounds and saved approximately $200,000, compared to 1999, by not sending materials to the landfill.

Sacramento Zoological Society--Sacramento

The Sacramento Zoo is a 14-acre botanical and animal park located in the heart of Sacramento. In line with the zoo's mission of "inspiring appreciation, understanding, and respect for all living things," the zoo is actively involved in promoting waste reduction and recycling. In 2001, the Sacramento Zoo's on-site recycling program prevented over 15,131 pounds of cardboard, glass, aluminum and tin from entering landfills. Funds raised for the zoo's recycling program are used both to augment recycling on zoo grounds and to benefit other wildlife conservation organizations.

SMG/The Moscone Center--San Francisco

As San Francisco's premier convention facility, the 1.3 million square foot Moscone Center hosts nearly three million visitors and more than 85 trade shows, meetings, and conventions annually. SMG, a private facility, has managed The Moscone Center for the City and County of San Francisco since construction in 1981. Prior to recycling, the Moscone Center disposed of over 2,000 tons of waste in 719 bin compactors and debris box pulls at a cost of nearly $525,000 annually. Through the implementation of waste reduction programs and the cooperation of various unions, SMG reduced the Moscone Center's waste stream by over 65 percent (volume), diverting 800 tons of materials. This diversion included a donation of 200 tons of goods, and cut garbage costs significantly, despite a 12 percent rate increase.

The City Market of Los Angeles

The City Market of Los Angeles is the oldest terminal produce market in continuous wholesale operation in the City of Los Angeles with 35 wholesale merchants providing the fresh fruit and vegetables to millions of people in the city, State and even internationally each year. Thirty to fifty tons of vegetable trimmings and uneatable produce per week have begun a new life as compost since the market began source separating and sending this material as feed stock for a composting operation in Ventura County. Recently, the company has been sending organic waste to a local livestock farmer for feed. The market has achieved a remarkable diversion rate well in excess of legislated goals. Each ton of diverted organic waste saves the market merchants $24 of disposal costs. Each ton of recycled cardboard saves about $36 plus whatever revenue it generates. There are costs associated with recycling, as well; but the long-term benefits of the market's commitment outweigh short run costs. This commitment continues to strengthen.

Yost Printers & Lithographers--Monrovia

Yost Printers & Lithographers is a 69-year-old printing and bindery company in Monrovia. They have demonstrated, by the reuse of packaging materials and the selling of recyclable products, a few of the ways they have achieved a 94 percent recycle rate of their waste at a considerable cost savings to their organization.

2000 WRAP of the Year winners


Albertsons/Sav-On (locations statewide), a WRAP honoree for three years, is the second-largest retail food and drug store in the United States. Albertsons/Sav-On currently operates more than 1,700 grocery stores and over 800 stand-alone drug stores in 37 states. Every California location received a WRAP award this year. The company employs over 230,000 people with 58,000 employees in California alone.

Albertsons recycles more than 50 percent of its solid waste. These efforts have kept approximately 247,000 tons of waste out of landfills, saved substantial dollars in disposal costs, and brought revenue to the company from the sale of recyclables. Albertsons' waste reduction programs include iceless broccoli packaged in a recyclable box; alternatives to polystyrene for fresh fish packaging; waste oil reuse; recycling of plastic bags and pallet wrap to make plastic lumber benches; donating damaged food and scraps to food banks, churches, and animal shelters; and minimizing the amount of packaging used for shipping.


A seven-year WRAP winner, Allergan (Irvine) is a global provider of specialty therapeutic products headquartered in Irvine. This WRAP of the Year-winning business participates in a number of recycling efforts, ranging from paper and plastic to the ink toner cartridges used in computer printers and copiers. Allergan also recycles materials from its research labs and donates excess chemicals and used research equipment to local colleges and local high schools for their chemistry classes. Currently, Allergan recycles more than 260 tons of paper, cardboard, and aluminum per year from its headquarters and purchases recycled-content supplies.

Apple--Elk Grove

Apple Computer, Inc. in Elk Grove has earned a WRAP award for six years and is a computer industry leader with a manufacturing facility in Sacramento County. Apple's core team of employee volunteers champion the recycling efforts for the Elk Grove site. As a result of past success, the team has procured additional assets that assist them in capturing recyclable materials in a more efficient and cost-effective manner. The site currently recycles paper, glass, cardboard, wood pallets, and polystyrene, and purchases recycled-content products.

With the ever-increasing volumes and varieties of materials that come from the manufacturing process, Apple employees are constantly looking for ways to improve their overall recycling percentage. The Elk Grove plant recycled 11.9 million pounds of waste and achieved a 91 percent recycling rate in fiscal year 1999. Had Apple/Elk Grove not recycled its materials, the company would have incurred several hundred thousand dollars in additional costs for trash handling.

Bentley Mills--City of Industry

Bentley Mills, Inc., a division of Interface Inc. located in the City of Industry, a commercial carpet manufacturer in Los Angeles County, has received WRAP recognition for two years running. Bentley is committed to becoming an environmentally sustainable and restorative company. With a mission to do more with less, a new carpet product called "Streatley Road" was launched in June 2000. This introductory product is made from Dupont 100 percent recycled nylon fiber. From 1994 through 1999, trash going to the landfill was reduced by 82 percent, the cost of materials being sent to the landfill was reduced by 72 percent, and the income from selling recyclables exceeded $800,000.

Direct Relief International--Santa Barbara

A three-year WRAP honoree, Direct Relief International is a 52 year-old non-profit humanitarian organization headquartered in Santa Barbara County. Direct Relief sends medical products and equipment to people in need throughout the world. In 1999, the organization sent over $52 million in aid to 54 countries, reaching over ten million people. Direct Relief's extensive volunteer pool is intrinsic to the success of its reuse and recycling program.

The organization redistributes pharmaceutical and medical supplies donated by over 150 manufacturers, hospitals, and clinics nationwide to communities in need. Used medical equipment (repaired and refurbished) is also sent to meet the needs of these communities. Direct Relief maintains an overhead of less than three percent and has an extraordinary ability to leverage the support it receives: for every $100,000 raised, $1 million in medical aid is sent to needy countries.

I.M. David Furniture--Gardena

I.M. David Furniture in Gardena has received a WRAP award for the second consecutive year and is a wood furniture manufacturing company that went from less than 20 percent recycling to nearly 100 percent with a little bit of effort. I.M. David Furniture received one of this year's WRAP-of-the-Year awards for outstanding waste reduction and recycling efforts implemented by management and carried through by hard-working staff. Due to the weight of the material previously being disposed of by the company (mostly woodcuttings and sawdust), the company initially did not consider that it had much waste material to reduce. Space was also a limiting factor at the plant-there wasn't room for additional recycling dumpsters. A little bit of research and a change in operations paid off. Now, I.M. David has virtually no trash and only one 40-yard roll-off which takes a mixture of sawdust, wood, and floor cuttings away for recycling.

North Coast Cooperative--Arcata

A three-year WRAP winner, the North Coast Cooperative was named a WRAP of the Year honoree for 2000 for incorporating a waste-reduction program that diverts more than 50 percent of the waste produced at both its Arcata and Eureka stores. The program includes recycling white and mixed papers, newspaper, cardboard, plastics, cans, glass, and compostable materials. The Co-op is also an avid supporter of local recycling centers and efforts. Through donations at the register and bag rebates, the Co-op and the Cooperative Community Foundation have been able to award over $25,000 to local recycling efforts.

Ocean Beach People's Organic Food Coop--San Diego

Ocean Beach People's Organic Foods Market has been recognized with a WRAP award for three years as a customer-owned California cooperative and retail vegetarian food store specializing in organic produce and natural foods. The market's most successful waste reduction activity is the offsite composting of waste generated in their deli and produce departments on the co-op sponsored organic farm in Jamul. At the farm, the Co-op also educates sixth-graders about farming and composting. Other reduction activities include the "free food box" of day-old perishables made available to employees and the reuse of all office paper products, plastic buckets and packing materials.

The Ocean Beach People's Co-op recycles absolutely everything the city will accept: mixed paper, selected plastic, cardboard, glass bottles, tin cans, aluminum cans and newspaper. With the cost for waste collection partly determined by weight, the market's waste reduction efforts help keep their disposal expenses low, under $600 per month. The Co-op also demonstrates a commitment to environmental stewardship by supporting local and global organic agriculture and by reducing, reusing and recycling approximately 90 percent of the waste generated in the store.

The Westin San Francisco Airport Hotel--Millbrae

Now in its sixth year as a WRAP winner, The Westin San Francisco Airport (Millbrae) is a 315,000-square-foot hotel and restaurant with 393 rooms and 23,000 square feet of meeting/banquet space. The hotel has been selected as a top-10 winner this year because its 250 associates are committed to reducing waste, recycling, and reusing products and energy to make a contribution to the community and the environment.

An ongoing, comprehensive environmental action plan was implemented and has been in use since 1994. Today, The Westin donates excess food to food banks; recycles paper, glass, aluminum, and plastic; uses recycled-content products; and provides environmental education to employees. The hotel is a member of the Recycled Paper Coalition and the Sustainable San Mateo County Business Council. The Westin's average annual recycled materials weigh 22 tons and generate a cost benefit of nearly $6,000 per year.

Yosemite Concession Services--Yosemite National Park

Yosemite Concession Services, Inc. (Yosemite National Park), under contract with the National Park Service to operate facilities in the park, has received recognition as a WRAP winner for eight years, dating back to the inception of the state's business waste reduction program. The concession company's facilities include warehousing, transportation and food and beverage operations. YCS recycles 25 percent and diverts 41 percent of the wastes generated at its concession facilities.

YCS promotes waste diversion, educational programs, and green purchasing practices. Bicycles are used to reduce the use of gas and vehicles in the park; recycling workshops and tours are conducted; reusable items are donated to charitable organizations; and onsite mulching reuses green waste for landscaping benefits. YCS's waste diversion program has made it possible for Yosemite National Park and YCS to become leaders in waste reduction. The company estimates its cost savings through waste diversion are over $100,000 annually.

1999 WRAP of the Year winners

Autry Museum of Western Heritage--Los Angeles

Autry Museum of Western Heritage is the largest museum in the nation devoted exclusively to the history of the American West. The museum's extensive recycling program covers such unique items as trees and use of recycled water for irrigation and landscaping. The museum staff and volunteers recycle all items that could possibly be recycled. New this year, the Autry requires all leftover food from various functions be donated to the Los Angeles Food Bank or the L.A. Mission. The Autry Museum waste reduction program has enabled it to reduce trash pickup from five times a week to just one, which is a large savings for the museum. Money raised from recycling its cans, bottles, etc. is used to fund the museum's employee recreation program.

Cagwin & Dorward Landscape Contractors--Novato

Cagwin & Dorward Landscape Contrators, winner of water management and environmental awards, provide services throughout Northern California. Recycling is essential to their operation as they generate and recycle over 23,000 cubic yards of green waste, 850 gallons of used motor oil, and 1,200 pounds of paper annually. Cagwin & Dorward provide their customers with water conservation and management programs, including converting irrigation to use reclaimed water where available. Additionally, the company is focused on using and developing electronic media such as Web site work order forms and electronic mail to correspond with customers. These efforts save the company over $25,000 annually and saves their customers several thousand dollars in water expense.

Investec--Santa Barbara

Investec is the Central Coast's premier homebuilder, has incorporated numerous sustainable building techniques in its development projects. With current residential projects representing over 400 homes in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties, the incorporation of environmental measures in design and construction of Investec's homes is of obvious importance to these communities. At Summerland Heights, Investec's recycling efforts have included quantifying the amount of wood, metal, drywall, cardboard, paper, asphalt and concrete that have been diverted from the waste stream and recycled. The successful practices and policies responsible for a 90 percent diversion rate for construction materials have provided model guidelines for the Community Environmental Council's C&D Source Reduction and Recycling Project sponsored by the U.S. EPA Solid Waste Assistance Fund.

Kraft Foods, Inc. Visalia

Kraft Foods, Inc. Visalia plant has 230 team members dedicated to the company's environmental policies and waste reduction. All food waste from the company's feed mill (Superior Ag) is recycled. Waste product from sour cream and cottage cheese production is dried and combined with a corn byproduct and sold as animal feed in the Central Valley. This streamlined process turns process waste into a business profit. In addition, thousands of pounds of food products are donated to Foodlink of Tulare County. Largely due to Kraft's waste reduction activities and donations to Foodlink, they recently won "The Large Business of the Year" award in Visalia. Kraft is considered the largest cottage cheese producer in the world and has also earned Visalia's "Best Overall" award in the categories of air, land, and water for the past two years.

Memorial Hospitals Association (MHA) - Modesto

Memorial Hospitals Association (MHA) is an affiliate of Sutter Health/California Healthcare System, a nonprofit healthcare corporation. For years, MHA has donated expired products to needy areas such as Russia's Children's Clinics in Chernobyl and missions in Mexico. Memorial Medical Center (MMC), a facility owned and managed by MHA, has a "green team," which successfully implemented a hospital-wide waste reduction education program, incorporated new office paper containers throughout the organization, and achieved approval by the Administration for Hospital Waste Reduction Policy & Procedures. MMC employees recycled 10,072.5 pounds of white office paper and 21.23 tons of cardboard in just seven months!

Pebble Beach Company--Pebble Beach

Pebble Beach Company is a distinctive resort complex dedicated to the environment, recycling, and waste reduction. Pebble Beach Company owns and operates two hotels and four golf courses in the Del Monte Forest and one course in Monterey. Over 3,500 acres of golf courses, landscaped areas, forests, seashore, and open space lands are managed on a multiple use basis. Recognizing that resource efficiency and waste reduction are the essential components of wise-use environmental management, the company has developed a number of programs to reduce, reuse, and recycle waste. During 1998, 326 tons of glass, cardboard, and paper were recycled. However, green waste recycling has been Pebble Beach Company's most successful program. Last year, over 2,500 tons of compost was produced from golf course grass clippings and forest green waste. The composting process provides an additional benefit by killing pitch canker spores, thus preventing the spread of a very serious forest disease. All of the high quality compost produced is used entirely on Pebble Beach properties.

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Straus Family Creamery produces high quality dairy products. Straus packages their milk in reusable glass bottles, thus mainstreaming an "old" concept in the modern marketplace. By placing a one-dollar deposit on all bottles, Straus encourages their customers to return bottles for reuse. Straus estimates that their glass bottle program has prevented millions of nonreusable plastic and cardboard milk containers from being landfilled. Straus Family Creamery has been nationally recognized as an environmental-agricultural pioneer combining ecosensitive manufacturing and farming practices.

Swinerton & Walberg Company--San Francisco

Swinerton & Walberg Company is an employee-owned general contractor headquartered in San Francisco with offices throughout the west. It provides construction, construction management, and design/build services for offices, hotels, academia, and retail. All offices are proud to be part of the effort to reduce the impact the construction industry has on the environment and to be good citizens in the communities they serve. Swinerton & Walberg are especially proud to be implementing an aggressive recycling program throughout its whole corporation. The organization views its role in waste reduction as invaluable as no price can be placed on the conservation of natural resources.

Trips for Kids/Re-Cyclery--San Rafael

Trips for Kids/Re-Cyclery is devoted to recycling used bikes and bike parts. Their goal is to keep bikes out of landfills and to return them to the streets as efficient, environmentally friendly modes of transportation. Their used bikes are affordable and useful for both adults and children. They recycle about 25 bikes per week, repairing and reselling approximately ten of those while donating the remainder to other bike repair programs or taking them to a scrap metal recycler. All proceeds from the sale of bikes in their thrift shop supports the nonprofit programs taking inner-city kids on mountain bike outings and helping low-income kids learn job skills while earning bikes of their own.

Unisys Corporation--San Diego

Unisys Corporation in Rancho Bernardo manufactures information management systems, including the mainframe computer and the high-end server, for mission critical applications. Unisys Corporation has modified its packaging process to use biodegradable starch packaging to replace an isocyanate packaging foam system. The packaging materials generated from incoming packaging are donated to local companies like Mail Boxes Etc. for reuse. Unisys Corporation recycles a multitude of materials ranging from paper to landscape greenery resulting in a diversion of 80 percent or nearly 1,500 tons per year of its waste from landfill. This generates over $114,000 in revenue and saves approximately 25,000 trees.

1998 WRAP of the Year winners:

Anheuser Busch, Inc.--Los Angeles Brewery--Van Nuys

The Los Angeles Brewery of Anheuser-Busch, Inc., located in Van Nuys, California, is the world's third largest brewery manufacturing and packaging twelve million barrels of various malt beverages. Since 1994, the brewery has reduced the tonnage of solid waste destined for landfills by 978 tons, or 61 percent. In 1995, the brewery built a Bioenergy Recovery System which has reduced the outgoing BOD waste water load to local municipalities by 72 percent, saving the brewery approximately six million dollars annually.
15800 Roscoe Boulevard, Van Nuys, CA 91406

Baxter Healthcare Corporation--Novacor Division - Oakland

Novacor is a manufacturer of an implantable heart assist device. Novacor recycled 55 percent of waste and saved approximately $11,000 in 1997 due to recycling and waste minimization.
7799 Pardee Lane, Oakland, CA 94621

Doubletree Hotel at Fisherman's Wharf--Monterey

Doubletree Hotel at Fisherman's Wharf is a 380 room full service hotel located in Monterey, CA. The hotel recycles or reuses virtually every waste item generated, including furniture, carpet, cardboard, paper glass, aluminum, cooking oil, phone books, newspaper, sheets, towels, wire hangers, and laser toner cartridges. The hotel recently recycled nearly 400 toilets, which diverted 15 tons of porcelain from the landfill. Since the hotel began its recycling program in 1990, it is estimated over three million pounds of waste has been diverted from the landfill, resulting in a cumulative cost savings of over $15,000 in disposal fees.
2 Portola Plaza, Monterey, CA 93940

Gardeners' Guild, Inc.--San Rafael

Gardeners' Guild, Inc. is a community oriented landscape management firm serving over 200 clients in the Bay Area. The company improved its "top line" while reducing its waste disposal costs during 1998. Linda Novy, President and CEO, says "We owe this to client education. With their willingness to let us grass cycle, chip up, brush and mulch beds, and donate plants to non profit organizations, we have been able to make great strides in converting our waste stream to resource recovery!" Gardeners' Guild staff separate material at its facility to strategically target materials to their proper recycling receptacles. The company believes that managing waste saves money and resources, the key to sustainable business practices.
2143 East Francisco Boulevard, San Rafael, CA 94901

HDB Electronics--Redwood City

HDB Electronics, an employee-owned electronics distributor with 13 employees controls waste through reuse and recycling of packaging materials. Ninety percent of HDB's paper products are made from recycled material and their forms and invoices are designed to reduce paper usage. By recycling and redesigning office forms, HDB has annually reduced landfilled waste by 8,540 gallons of mixed office paper and saved $4,188.
2860 Spring Street, Redwood City, CA 94063

Marin Conservation Corps--San Rafael

In 1982, the Marin Conservation Corp (MCC) became the first local nonprofit conservation corps in the nation. Since then, MCC has been dedicated to preserving Marin's natural resources and to providing young adults with meaningful and marketable job skills. MCC is founded upon conservation ethic that is pervasive throughout the organization. MCC provides recycling and reuse education to thousands of children, performs numerous conservation activities throughout Marin, and provides recycling collection services to public lands throughout the county, and MCC has adopted these practices in its offices.
27 Larkspur Street, San Rafael, CA 94901

Printer's Ink--Woodland

Printer's Ink is a complete printer specializing in publications. Unless specified otherwise by customers, all house paper, stock, etc. is recycled and is recyclable. In three years paper waste has been reduced to almost nothing. Printer's Ink's goal is to print only on recycled content products and currently they are at approximately 95 percent.
459 Cleveland Street, Woodland, CA 95695

Redwood Landscaping--Santa Rosa

Redwood Landscaping is a diverse commercial landscape contracting firm serving the following counties: Sonoma, Marin, Solano, Yolo and Sacramento. Due to diligent efforts, there have been significant reductions in the amount of waste through composting, communications, education, donations, and reuse efforts. In addition, in some of the service areas it has been possible to utilize mowers that provide 100 percent mulching capacity. In conjunction with the local waste management company and a local yard materials vendor, recent changes have made it possible to update recycling to include the majority of paper waste generated in the office and the majority of yard waste generated in the field. This has created savings of over $120,000 in dumping fees alone! Efforts to educate clients in the areas where their participation is essential in obtaining successful recycling goals is ongoing.
2917 Petaluma Hill Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95404

Smurfit Newsprint Corp. of California--Pomona

Smurfit Newsprint of California is a 100 percent recycled newsprint mill. Smurfit employees' internal recycling program has reduced their waste stream by over 80 percent. Recycling funds go to local charities such as the YMCA, YWCA and the House of Ruth. Smurfit's recycling efforts have also helped fund college scholarships for employees' dependents.
P.O. Box 2364, Pomona, CA 91769

The Gillette Company, Stationery Products Group-- Santa Monica

The Gillette Company's Stationery Products Group, located in Santa Monica, manufactures ball point pens, felt tip pens, markers, and pencils under the Papermate brand name. The facility is active in reuse and recycling, reducing over 78 percent of waste to landfill. Materials recycled include paper, newspaper, computers, cardboard, cans, glass, plastic, wood, steel, brass, stainless steel, electrical wire, construction materials, steel drums, wood pallets, plastic, cutting oil, and hydraulic oil. Usable items such as computers, furniture, aluminum cans, or writing supplies are donated to schools or charities. The Gillette Company has been a winner of the WRAP award four years in a row.
1681 26th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90404

1997 WRAP of the Year winners:

Fetzer Vineyards--Hopland

Fetzer Vineyards, a worldwide producer and marketer of fine wines, is not only motivated to reduce waste from an environmental standpoint, but has found that it makes economic sense as well. From 1990 the company reduced its waste by 93 percent, saving more than $115,000 in disposal fees. Over this same period, Fetzer Vineyards reduced its landfill bound waste by 93 percent. The winery composts 10,000 tons of grape seed and stems, recycles 13.5 tons of plastic shrink wrap, and has completed the sustainable construction of a new administration building. It features recycled wood and doors, Pise' or rammed earth walls, nontoxic paints and glues.
P.O. Box 611, Hopland, CA 95449

Hewlett-Packard Company, Cupertino Site

Hewlett-Packard's Cupertino Site is an R & D and software development center with over 3,000 employees. Its programs have grown from five to 19 since 1995, with a high diversion rate of 70 percent. With the development of these programs, the site has donated over 20,000 pieces of excess furniture and over 25,000 used binders to schools and charitable groups from Sacramento to Southern California. Hewlett Packard's Cupertino Site has saved over $300,000 in trash and landfill fees.
19111 Pruneridge Avenue, Cupertino, CA 95014

Hillside Press--Rolling Hills Estates

Hillside Press is the only printer in the South Bay that has won the WRAP Award for three consecutive years. They combine quality printing and first class customer service with responsibility to the environment by using and reusing recycled material. Hillside Press is also involved in the VOICE Program, which brings environmental awareness and education to South Bay communities. Hillside Press uses the principles of reuse and recycle, thereby educating, promoting, and encouraging the community to do the same.
706 Deep Valley Drive, Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274

Imation Corp.--Camarillo

Imation Corp.'s Camarillo Plant manufacturers computer backup products. Since 1990 the Camarillo factory's recycling program has reduced landfill bound waste by 76 percent, reduced water usage by 47 percent and reduced natural gas usage by 66 percent.
350 South Lewis Road, Camarillo, CA 93012

Pepsi Cola Bottling, Fresno

Pepsi Cola Bottling, Fresno produces and bottles Pepsi products for the San Joaquin Valley. Beginning in 1992, with one employee and a goal of recycling cardboard, Pepsi’s recycling effort has grown to a full-time operation with four employees and a wide range of recycled materials. Pepsi, Fresno is the leader among all Pepsi plants in reduction and reuse of materials. Pepsi, Fresno is now diverting 99 percent of all production and shipping waste from being landfilled and the recycling program generates over $100,000 per year in revenue from sales of recyclables.
1150 East North Avenue, Fresno, CA 93725

Plaza Camino Real--Carlsbad

Plaza Camino Real, a regional shopping center in Carlsbad, California, has five major department stores, 145 specialty shops, and an average daily attendance of over 19,000 vehicles and 30,000 people. They started a full time recycling program in 1993, which has removed over 42 percent of volume from their waste stream. Since then, Plaza Camino Real has added green waste, construction metals, fixtures, food waste products, and all forms of plastics to their recycling efforts. This program now removes over 62 percent of the volume from the waste stream, has proven to be a model for the industry, and has reduced the cost of trash handling below 1993 costs.
2525 El Camino Real, Suite 100, Carlsbad, CA 92008

San Francisco Hilton and Towers--San Francisco

The San Francisco Hilton and Towers is the largest hotel on the West Coast, with 1,900 guest rooms and 110,000 square feet of meeting space. Since 1988 the hotel has pursued an aggressive program of waste reduction, recycling, on average, 50,000 pounds per month of cardboard, glass, aluminum, and paper, as well as oil. Over 40 tons of used mattresses, furniture, linens, dishes, flatware, office and kitchen equipment, computers, and TVs have been donated to more than 75 nonprofit organizations since 1995. Two recent innovations, installation of load-sending devices on air-handling units and thermostats with motion detectors, will save the hotel almost $500,000 per year in the cost of energy.
333 O'Farrell Street, San Francisco, CA 94102-2116

Sea World of California--San Diego

Sea World of California, an Anheuser-Busch theme park, is a leader in marine life education and entertainment and has a long history of protecting the environment. Sea World's recycling efforts have resulted in the diversion of 1,542,666 pounds of trash from local landfills. The "clean green" waste and cardboard recycling programs have resulted in more than 452,000 pounds of clean green waste and 576,000 pounds of cardboard recycled annually. Overall in 1996, Sea World of California's recycling program yielded a savings of $49,277.
1720 South Shores Road, San Diego, CA 92109

St. Bernardine Medical Center--San Bernardino

St. Bernardine Medical Center is a 215 bed acute-care medical center in San Bernardino, California. St. Bernardine Medical Center and its 1,500 employees are leading the way in San Bernardino for commercial recycling. The medical center now recycles or diverts nearly 35 percent of its trash while cutting its trash bill in half. This program includes recycling cardboard, paper, plastics, Styrofoam, metals, linens, etc. throughout the house, totaling over 80 tons since August 1, 1996. This housewide, comprehensive program has enabled the hospital to cut trash pickups in half, saving over $35,000 this year.
2101 North Waterman, San Bernardino, CA 92404

Warner Bros.--Burbank

Warner Bros. is a 108-acre motion picture and television studio resembling a small city, with a wide array of manufacturing construction and production services. Through a matching database of over 750 participants, Warner Bros. donates reusable materials to nonprofit and educational organizations. Since starting its recycling programs in 1990, Warner Bros. has increased its waste reduction rate six-fold, to a current diversion rate of more than 40 percent, saving waste hauling fees of $140,000 per year and generating over $80,000 from the sale of recyclables in the last two years.
4000 Warner Boulevard, Building 137, Room 1020, Burbank, CA 91522-1371

1996 WRAP of the Year winners:

Amdahl Corporation-Sunnyvale

Amdahl provides large-scale, high-performance, general-purpose computer systems, storage, software and communications products, and client-server hardware systems for the open systems marketplace. Since 1993, Amdahl has been recycling all of their waste wood and cardboard. Last year Amdahl expanded its recycling program to include polystyrene, polyurethane, polyethylene, and loose fill. These new programs, along with their long-term paper, aluminum, and glass recycling, contributed to an 86 percent reduction in trash hauled to landfill between 1994 and 1995.
P.O. Box 3470, Sunnyvale, CA 94088-3470

Beaulieu Vineyard--Rutherford

Beaulieu Vineyard, accustomed to earning gold, silver, and bronze awards for its fine varietal wines, was designated as a 1996 WRAP of the Year winner as one of California's top ten waste busters. Beaulieu Vineyard has been in the premium wine business since 1900 and produces approximately 600,000 cases annually. A proud three-year WRAP winner, Beaulieu Vineyard credits its employees with a large measure of its success. The company donates, reuses, composts, or recycles paper, glass, cardboard, wood barrels, corks, and pomace. In 1996 the winery earned approximately $52,000 from the sale of recyclable materials and saved $10,000 in landfill costs.
1960 St. Helena Highway, Rutherford, CA 94573

Dole Fresh Vegetables, Inc.--Salinas

Since 1943, Dole Fresh Vegetables has been an industry leader and innovator. Dole markets more than 40 fresh vegetables, shipping throughout North America and the world. Dole has implemented a recycling incentive program for its 4,000 employees and provides cash rewards for the best ideas for reducing costs and protecting the environment. Dole currently diverts 240 tons of culled produce each day, or about 46,080 tons annually, from the landfill to its ten-acre composting site. These efforts save Dole $1,122,240 in dumping fees. A large user of wood pallets, Dole recycled 34,407 pallets and 365 bins in 1995.
P.O. Box 1759, Salinas, CA 93902

Hewlett Packard Company--Roseville

Hewlett Packard (HP) is a worldwide manufacturer of computers and related equipment. Hewlett Packard has designed and implemented an extraordinarily successful solid waste management programone which has realized the recycling and reuse of a phenomenal 91 percent of total refuse generated at the HP Roseville, California campus. This program not only recycles cardboard and paper products, but extends to reusing bubble wrap and recycling polyethylene and wood pallets. A grand total of 23.4 million pounds of materials were diverted from the landfill during the past year, saving 1.3 million dollars in disposal costs for Hewlett Packard.
8000 Foothills Boulevard, MS 5570, Roseville, CA 95747-5570

Mad River Brewing Company--Blue Lake

Mad River Brewing Company, a member of the Blue Lake business community since 1989 and a two-year WRAP winner, produces Steelhead Extra Pale Ale and Extra Stout, as well as Jamaica Brand Red Ale. The company's commitment to the principles of conservation have allowed it to grow at an annual rate of 50 percent per year, while continuing to reduce its potential solid waste production by 97 percent. Despite immense growth in 1995 and 1996, the company still only produces two trash cans of waste per week! Mad River Brewing Company's reduction, reuse, remanufacture, and recycling efforts have resulted in job creation and energy savings and have saved this small company tens of thousands of dollars by diverting nearly 2,000 cubic yards of potential waste products. Mad River Brewing Company plans to use its brewing wastes to enhance local wetlands and restore wildlands and wildlife and is an enthusiastic supporter of the Salmonid Restoration Federation.
195 Taylor Way, Blue Lake, CA 95525

San Diego Wild Animal Park-Zoological Society of San Diego, Escondido

The San Diego Wild Animal Park is one of Southern California's premiere attractions, visited by 1.6 million people each year. In addition to its work preserving many of the world's most critically endangered animal species, the Wild Animal Park works hard to preserve habitats by reducing the use of natural resources derived of wild areas--such resources as trees, mined ores, and waterand encourages its guest and members to do likewise. The Wild Animal Park practices wise use of office and other supplies, recycles containers and paper products, composts a huge amount of organic waste otherwise bound for landfill, and treats water for secondary and even tertiary uses on property. Nearly 23,000 tons of debris are recycled each year, representing a 96 percent reduction of waste which otherwise would have been landfilled. This represents a savings of $1,014,070 per year in dump and hauling expenses.
15500 San Pasqual Valley Road, Escondido, CA 92027-7017

Sierra-at-Tahoe--Twin Bridges

Sierra-at-Tahoe ski resort is a winter sports facility offering downhill skiing, snowboarding, and telemark skiing. Sierra-at-Tahoe encourages guests and employees alike to recycle at work and home through a collection program at Sierra-at-Tahoe. During 1995, Sierra's guests and employees recycled enough paper, plastic, aluminum, glass, and cardboard to completely fill three semi-truck trailers. Because of Sierra's dedication to precycling and recycling, waste generated at Sierra has decreased 44 percent since 1993. Recyclable and reusable materials are donated to local organizations.
1111 Sierra-at-Tahoe Road, Twin Bridges, CA 95735

South Bay Medical Center--Redondo Beach

South Bay Medical Center began its waste reduction program on earth day 1993. A three-year WRAP winner, South Bay Medical Center has also been recognized by the City of Redondo Beach for its proactive approach to meeting the goals of the Integrated Waste Management Act. South Bay's waste reduction program has enabled it to reduce disposal and related costs by 50 percent and save over $150,000 since the program's inception. How? By analyzing its purchasing practices, by replacing many disposable and nonrecyclable products with ones that are recyclable and reusable, and by reducing unnecessary packaging waste. In the cafeteria and dietary departments, disposable items have been cut by 80 percent, resulting in annual disposal reduction or 6.8 tons per year.
514 North Prospect Avenue, Redondo Beach, CA 90277

Target Stores

Target Stores is a quality discount department store chain dedicated to improving the quality of life for its team members and guests in 34 states. Through recycling and waste reduction efforts, Target stores have reduced the weight of their garbage by 75 percent. In one year alone, Target achieved an 80 percent trashless packaging level (no pins, tissue, clips, tape, or individual bags) in its softlines area.

The Walt Disney Company--Burbank

The Walt Disney Company is recognized as the world's leading provider of family entertainment with business segments in theme parks, resorts, motion picture and television production, and consumer products. Disney's company-wide Environmentality program serves as an incentive to 21,000 California cast members and employeesencouraging them to reduce, reuse, and recycle both at home and at work. Recycling throughout the entire company reached an all-time-high rate of 80,000 tons in 1995--an increase of more than 1,000 percent since 1991. A program introduced in 1995 to reuse motion picture and television sets has saved Disney $528,000. The donation of waste paint has eliminated over 1,000 gallons from Disney's waste stream.
500 South Buena Vista Street, MC 8790, Burbank, CA 91521