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Excellence in Recycling Award Winners

Allen County Waste Reduction and Recycling Leaders Recognized at 22nd Annual Awards Luncheon

IMG_0199 At their August 27 Excellence in Recycling Awards luncheon, the Allen County Solid Waste Management District honored The Olive Twist, Habitat for Humanity ReStore, and Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo for their outstanding leadership in waste reduction and recycling.

The General Motors Fort Wayne Assembly Plant was the recipient of a Director’s Award for their creative waste reduction initiatives.  This is the 22nd year for the District to recognize area industries, businesses and non-profit organizations in Allen County.

“The Allen County Solid Waste Management District initiated the annual awards to encourage and recognize businesses for their leadership in waste reduction and recycling,” explains District Director Tony Burrus.    “For our community to successfully address our environmental challenges, the residential and commercial sector must thoughtfully examine how to reduce household, business and industrial waste.”

2014 Winner Profiles

Excellence in Recycling Awards

 

3R (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) Commercial Category:

The Olive Twist

The Olive Twist is an olive oil and vinegar store with two locations that recycles bottles with a discount to customers for bottle return.  This helps customers save money, reduces shipping costs for new bottles, and keeps glass out of the landfill.

Some accomplishments from the past year are:

  • Customer education and outreach on bottle recycling through signs, word of mouth, social media, newsletters, and events.
  • Reaching out to other olive oil stores to implement recycling.
  • Reuse other materials as possible such as bags and boxes.
  • Saving money for themselves and customers through re-use and recycling.
  • Recycled 5800 bottles in 2013, on track to recycle over 7000 this year.  Saving $14,750 per year in new bottles and shipping.

 

3R (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) Nonprofit Category:

Habitat for Humanity ReStore

The ReStore is a self-sustaining social enterprise of Fort Wayne Habitat for Humanity that accepts donations of new and gently used building materials, supplies, furniture, and household items for resale to the public at discounted prices.  The ReStore’s efforts in our community for the past ten years has not only kept hundreds of tons of usable material out of our local landfill each year, but has also helped to provide a sustainable source of funding to support Habitat’s mission to bring people together to build home, communities, and hope.

Some accomplishments from the past year are:

  • Highlight ways shoppers can go green by repurposing items (Facebook page).
  • Provide funding to build houses for those in need.
  • Provide low cost materials for home improvement.
  • Be good stewards of sustainable resources by reusing and recycling material that cannot be reused
  • Kept 400 tons of material out of the landfill in 2013.

3R (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) Nonprofit Category:

Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo

The Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo’s recycling efforts are rooted in conservation values- the less impact on the environment, the greater benefit for wildlife.  In 2010 a Resource Conservation Task Force was formed to improve waste reduction and recycling.

Some accomplishments from the past year are:

  • Added the strategic goal to “engage in effective conservation activities and sharing meaningful conservation messages”
  • Clarified recycling stream throughout the zoo.
  • Developed a waste tracker system to increase efficiency and amount of recycling
  • Recycled over 200 tons of material in 2014, not including electronics, batteries, bulbs and scrap metal.

 

Director’s Award:

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General Motors Fort Wayne Assembly

Reducing waste makes good business sense to GM.  They are already a Zero Landfill facility and continue to be guided by the environmental policy “Our MAP to the future”. GM is committed to Mind the Laws, Always Improve, and Prevent Pollution.  They are driven to search out new and innovative ways to minimize waste, reuse, and recycle.

Some accomplishments from the last year are:

  • Reconfigured the management and use of the highest volume of hazardous waste generated at the plant: paint purge thinner.
  • Changed scheduling of painting to group colors within one of 5 color families.
  • Minimized the need to clean paint lines.
  • Reduced the overall amount of purge thinner needed by 30% overall.

 

Partnership Recognition

The Allen County Solid Waste Management District is proud to partner with the following companies to provide community drop-off sites for recycling:

Batteries Plus

Citilink

City of New Haven

City of Woodburn

Fort Wayne Parks & Recreation Department

Allen County Highway Department

Connolly’s Do it Best Hardware & Rental

Grabill Do it Best Hardware

Sears

Umber’s Do it Best Hardware

Hire’s Automotive

OmniSource Corp.

Kroger

Sam’s Club

Town of Leo Cedarville

Town of Monroeville

 

Honor Roll Recognition

The Allen County Solid Waste Management District is proud to recognize companies providing recycling opportunities in Allen County:

ACE Recycling

Earth First

Liberty Tire Recycling

Quincy Recycle

Recycle Logic

Republic Services

Waste Management of Fort Wayne

 

 

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