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Six local businesses, including the City of Kent, named Best Workplaces for Waste Prevention and Recycling by King County

KENT, Wash. - July 18, 2014 – Six local businesses, including the city of Kent, made King County’s list of Best Workplaces for Waste Prevention and Recycling. Businesses meeting the criteria include Applus Technologies, Inc., Fred Meyer #215, Hexcel Corporation, Ingenium Group, LLC and Torklift Central. 


In its eighth year, the list recognizes businesses incorporating exceptional waste prevention and recycling efforts into their daily operation. Activities range from educating staff, to making recycling convenient, using durables versus one-time use items and composting food waste. 


“Thanks to our enthusiastic, enviro-minded employees, this is the sixth year the city has qualified for the recognition, placing it on the ‘Honor Roll’ of businesses,” said Gina Hungerford, Conservation Specialist.   


Besides recycling paper, cardboard, bottles, and cans, the city recycles compact fluorescent light bulbs, toner cartridges, and, new this year, EPS#6-labeled Styrofoam on campus.  


“Keeping these materials out of our area’s last remaining landfill will help extend its life and delay the need to ship our garbage to another landfill,” said Hungerford.   


“Considering that roughly 80% of what we throw away at home and at work is recyclable or compostable, the city encourages everyone to check their garbage cans to make sure they’re not throwing away good resources.” 


Media Contact:  

Michelle Wilmot, City of Kent, Community and Public Affairs