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Business Recycling Awards
Businesses, schools and other organizations get thumbs-up from Mecklenburg County for recycling.

May 29, 2007

A wide variety of businesses and organizations, and three schools, were recognized for their efforts in recycling and waste reduction. The annual " Business Recognition Awards" ceremony was hosted by Mecklenburg County Solid Waste and Recycling, recognizing organizations for their innovative approaches to waste disposal, waste reduction and commitment to recycling.

Herff Jones Photography: Debut
In three years, Herff Jones has reduced paper waste from 34 percent of the waste stream to 12 percent. The company has saved $3,000 in waste hauling fees alone. Silver and cardboard are recycled and sold. The company donates obsolete supplies to CMS. Bottles, cans, batteries, film, and numerous other items are also recycled through private companies.

DebutIn three years, Herff Jones has reduced paper waste from 34 percent of the waste stream to 12 percent. The company has saved $3,000 in waste hauling fees alone. Silver and cardboard are recycled and sold. The company donates obsolete supplies to CMS. Bottles, cans, batteries, film, and numerous other items are also recycled through private companies.

Celgard, LLC: Most integrated program
Celgard established its program in 2001 when it joined the County's Business Recycling Program. In the first year, Celgard reduced its waste going to the landfill by 62 percent and saved $32,200. The current waste management program covers 90 items with procedures for proper reduction of use, re-use, recycling, and safe disposal. Today, Celgard recycles 1.9 tons of materials annually and is a Certified Sony Green Partner.

Most integrated programCelgard established its program in 2001 when it joined the County's Business Recycling Program. In the first year, Celgard reduced its waste going to the landfill by 62 percent and saved $32,200. The current waste management program covers 90 items with procedures for proper reduction of use, re-use, recycling, and safe disposal. Today, Celgard recycles 1.9 tons of materials annually and is a Certified Sony Green Partner.

Shalom Park: Outstanding environmental leadership
Shalom Park consists of 12 agencies in more than a dozen buildings on 54 acres. The organization created a greener campus through negotiation, education, and promotion of environmental and social responsibility to 500 staff members and students and more than a thousand members. Shalom Park has also reached out to the community through its public Earth Day events.

: Outstanding environmental leadershipShalom Park consists of 12 agencies in more than a dozen buildings on 54 acres. The organization created a greener campus through negotiation, education, and promotion of environmental and social responsibility to 500 staff members and students and more than a thousand members. Shalom Park has also reached out to the community through its public Earth Day events.

Lincoln Harris: Outstanding WR&R Employee/Customer Education Program
Lincoln Harris provides recycling opportunities for paper, cardboard, cans and bottles to the six large multi-tenant buildings that they manage (more than 4 million square feet of office and retail space). With more than 15,000 occupants, there is a great deal of turnover; education must be constant and consistent in order to maintain a successful program. Most education is conducted electronically, reducing paper usage. Lincoln Harris recycled 220 tons last year.

Outstanding WR&R Employee/Customer Education ProgramLincoln Harris provides recycling opportunities for paper, cardboard, cans and bottles to the six large multi-tenant buildings that they manage (more than 4 million square feet of office and retail space). With more than 15,000 occupants, there is a great deal of turnover; education must be constant and consistent in order to maintain a successful program. Most education is conducted electronically, reducing paper usage. Lincoln Harris recycled 220 tons last year.

The Catevo Group and the Compass Group were also recognized for their recycling efforts.

School recycling:
Three Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools were recognized for maintaining their waste reduction and recycling programs for three consecutive years and demonstrating program improvement. All received a $500 gift certificate to Office Depot.
- McKee Elementary School
- Mint Hill Middle School
- Metro School

Litter Prevention:
Mecklenburg County recognized members of its Keep Mecklenburg Beautiful Board of Directors. It also recognized members of Homeless Helping Homeless (HHH), a group of currently and formerly homeless individuals. The group decided to challenge stereotypes of homeless individuals and clean up the property of the Urban Ministry Center. Their effort expanded to Tryon Street and the surrounding area.

Mecklenburg County recognized members of its Keep Mecklenburg Beautiful Board of Directors. It also recognized members of Homeless Helping Homeless (HHH), a group of currently and formerly homeless individuals. The group decided to challenge stereotypes of homeless individuals and clean up the property of the Urban Ministry Center. Their effort expanded to Tryon Street and the surrounding area.

Construction/Demolition:
- UNC Charlotte's Construction/Demolition Waste Management Program for the implementation of a construction/demolition recycling program for new campus construction projects.
- The Linda Construction Co., Inc. for its continued commitment and expansion of their reduction, reuse and recycling program for construction/demolition waste to include an internal reuse program within their property division.
- Habitat for Humanity ReStore for its contribution to landfill reduction of construction/demolition materials through a resale operation for building materials and an expanded deconstruction program.  
- D.H. Griffin Wrecking Co., Inc. for its continued commitment and leadership in waste reduction and recycling of demolition debris.

- UNC Charlotte's Construction/Demolition Waste Management Program for the implementation of a construction/demolition recycling program for new campus construction projects.- The Linda Construction Co., Inc. for its continued commitment and expansion of their reduction, reuse and recycling program for construction/demolition waste to include an internal reuse program within their property division.- Habitat for Humanity ReStore for its contribution to landfill reduction of construction/demolition materials through a resale operation for building materials and an expanded deconstruction program.  - D.H. Griffin Wrecking Co., Inc. for its continued commitment and leadership in waste reduction and recycling of demolition debris.

PLANT: Piedmont Landscape and Naturescape Training recognized Vulcan Materials Company (Clear Creek Quarry location) and Wedgewood Baptist Church for their efforts for sustainable environmental stewardship by implementing components of the PLANT program.

recognized Vulcan Materials Company (Clear Creek Quarry location) and Wedgewood Baptist Church for their efforts for sustainable environmental stewardship by implementing components of the PLANT program.

There are more than 100 companies enrolled in the Business Recognition Program. Members must make a three-year commitment to practice waste reduction, carry on at least one recycling activity and purchase at least one recycled product. The group also has 14 mentor firms that commit to recruiting new companies and to helping other businesses start new programs. Information about the Business Recognition Program is available at www.wipeoutwaste.com or by calling 704-336-3777.




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