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November 11, 2009 > Local firms win StopWaste awards

Local firms win StopWaste awards

Submitted By Justin Lehrer
Photos By courtesy of Stefanie Pruegel

StopWaste.org has honored 12 Alameda County companies with the 2009 StopWaste Partnership Business Efficiency Awards, now in their tenth year, for outstanding achievements in enhanced operational efficiency, environmental performance and waste reduction.

Southern Alameda County companies feature among the winners. Boston Scientific Corporation (Fremont), La Terra Fina (Union City) and Lucky Supermarkets (Alameda county stores). Emerald Packaging (Union City), Heat and Control, Inc. (Hayward) and Peterson Holding Company (San Leandro) were Honorable Mentions.

"The companies we honor not only save money and protect the environment but by making their operations more efficient, often involving the entire supply chain, these forward-thinking businesses have significantly reduced their vulnerability to economic shocks. In today's economic climate, that's valuable," said StopWaste.Org Executive Director Gary Wolff who praised the leadership demonstrated by the recipients and emphasized their competitive advantage.

StopWaste.org's "StopWaste Partnership," a free technical assistance program, helps Alameda County companies reduce waste, conserve energy and natural resources and cut operating costs through education, grants and expert advice.

The "StopWaste Partnership Business Efficiency Awards" go to medium-large Alameda County businesses that have achieved outstanding results through improved environmental performance and business efficiency. Going green is recognized as gaining a competitive edge. The actions of the award winners support the claim that environmental responsibility improves profitability.

Boston Scientific Corporation expanded its composting program to bathrooms and introduced wood recycling; located recycling bins in all conference rooms; rewards staff when recycling and training goals are met and maintains an online diversion-tracking database.

La Terra Fina uses metal bins, which have a longer life-span, to reduce waste; collects food waste for composting; recycles paper, cardboard, plastic drums and bottles and cans; diverts an average of more than 276 tons annually and has ongoing energy conservation efforts

Lucky Supermarkets in Alameda County, owned by Save Mart Supermarkets, has a regional composting and recycling program. The Fremont stores divert 612 tons per year of food scraps and recyclables. Returning delivery trucks not only bring back materials but also transport goods for other companies.

Emerald Packaging has substituted re-usable cores for disposable cores in rolls of plastic film; diverts 70 percent of company waste, recycles 900 tons of plastic waste annually and works closely with clients to design biodegradable and less wasteful packaging.

Heat and Control, Inc. re-uses many materials to prevent waste; stores liquid nitrogen in a bulk tank; implemented in-office recycling and enhanced shop floor recycling; finds new owners for old equipment via Craigslist and minimizes scrap with computerized sheet cutting.

Peterson Tractor purchases oil in bulk to reduce waste; recycles pallets, paper, plastic film, metal, cardboard, bottles and cans; re-uses boxes, pallets and shipping containers and diverts over 384 tons of waste per annum.

For more information, visit www.StopWaste.org/partnership or call Justin Lehrer at (510) 891-6529 or email jlehrer@stopwaste.org

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