Simplicity Decor named one of 2010 “Best Workplaces for Recycling and Waste Reduction”

King County’s Solid Waste Division has named Simplicity Decor as one of 75 local companies to its 2010 “Best Workplaces for Recycling and Waste Reduction” list. At Simplicity Decor, we tried our best to be environmentally conscious and responsible to both the public and internally. Simplicity Décor offers a wide range of products that are either made locally, made in the United States and/or made with recycled materials.

King County announces 2010 Best Workplaces for Recycling and Waste Reduction list

Companies find cutting waste is also a way to cut costs in tough economic climate

King County’s Solid Waste Division has named 75 local companies to its 2010 “Best Workplaces for Recycling and Waste Reduction” list – recognizing businesses with exceptional recycling programs and for their commitment to reducing the amount of waste their company produces.

This year’s list spans a wide array of businesses in King County including hospitality, professional services, manufacturing, architecture, retail, finance, government and others. Innovative recycling and waste reduction strategies also run the gamut, from Tukwila-based BECU credit union’s “paperless mortgages” to the Hilton Seattle Airport Hotel’s new successful guest room recycling program.

“Given the state of the economy in 2010, we know businesses need to capitalize on every opportunity to lower their operating costs,” said Karen May, project manager with the King County Solid Waste Division. “It could be as simple as setting printers to default to double-sided pages, reducing waste and cutting down on paper expenses. Other businesses have found that by consistently recycling more, they can downsize their dumpster and save on their garbage bill.

“We encourage businesses to take an honest look at what their waste is costing them,” May said. “They might just find that a stronger recycling and waste reduction program makes good economic sense.”

Last year, businesses in King County sent more than 200,000 tons of recyclable materials to the landfill. Surprisingly, the commercial waste stream still contains 22 percent paper, what many consider the easiest item to recycle. At 27 percent, the largest percentage of material heading to the landfill from businesses is food scraps and food-soiled paper.

“We started composting food waste last year and have had great success,” said Sarah Barnes, manager of Pogacha restaurant in Issaquah and a second year Best Workplace for Recycling and Waste Reduction. “We have cut our garbage by over half, and even inspired many of our staff members to begin composting at home. We had initial resistance to this change, but the transition was really smooth, and I would suggest that any business at least give it a shot.”

Frito Lay, Inc.’s Federal Way facility made the list last year but in 2010 stepped up its recycling efforts even more. The 130-employee facility now recycles almost 90 percent of its waste and is striving for zero waste going to the landfill. The company’s “zero landfill” program tracks progress on a monthly basis.

The “green committee” at Redmond-based Noetix Corporation has made the list for a second year in a row. This past year, the company implemented a collection program for employees to recycle plastic bags they bring in from home, and held its first "zero waste" company picnic, where all items were recycled or composted.

All businesses operating in King County outside the City of Seattle were eligible for the list. To secure their spot, businesses were required to meet the same five basic criteria, as well as 10 additional waste reduction and recycling criteria, such as using reusable or compostable dishware in kitchens, collecting batteries for recycling, or sending electronic invoices.

King County releases the Best Workplaces for Recycling and Waste Reduction list annually. This year’s list of businesses has increased by 10 from 2009, and is more than triple the number of businesses on the list from four years ago. The county’s goal in establishing the list was to recognize the top recyclers and waste reducers, and help motivate others in the local business community to improve recycling and waste reduction practices.

To see the complete list of “Best Workplaces for Recycling and Waste Reduction” and to learn more about what these businesses are doing to improve recycling programs, visit www.kingcounty.gov/recyclemore. The 2010 King County Best Workplaces for Recycling and Waste Reduction are listed below. To learn more about this program, contact Karen May at 206-296-4353, or karen.may@kingcounty.gov.

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Allyis
AMEC Earth & Environmental, Inc
American Classic Homes Real Estate
Applus Technologies
Ascentium
Bastyr University
BECU
Blade Gallery
CDM
CH2M Hill
Chameleon Technologies, Inc
CHOICE Insurance, LLC
City of Bellevue
City of Bothell
City of Issaquah
City of Kent
City of Redmond
City of SeaTac
City of Tukwila
David Evans and Associates
Doubletree Hotel Seattle Airport
Drugstore.com
Dynacraft
ECO Cartridge Store
Emerald Heights
Evergreen Healthcare
FCS Group
Flaming Geyser State Park
Frito Lay Inc
HDR Engineering
Hilton Seattle Airport & Conference Center
Honda of Kirkland
Honeywell International
Hyatt Regency Bellevue
In Harmony Sustainable Landscape
Issaquah School District
Kennedy/Jenks Consultants, Inc
Kenworth Truck Company
Lake Washington School District
LMI Aerospace
McMonigle Veterinary Hospital, PLLC
MulvannyG2 Architecture
Noetix Corporation
Northshore Utility District
Overlake Hospital Medical Center
Outsource Marketing
Pacific Software Publishing, Inc.
Pagliacci Pizza
PCC Natural Markets
Philips Oral Healthcare
Pogacha of Issaquah
Port of Seattle
Printex Press
Redhook Brewery
REI Kent
Roth Hill, LLC
Rowley Properties
Safeway, Inc.
Seattle Airport Marriott Hotel
Shoreline Community College
Simplicity Décor
Sound Intellectual Property PLLC
Starfire Sports
Summit at Snoqualmie
Symetra Financial
The Fairfield Inn by Marriott Bellevue
The Herbfarm Restaurant
The UPS Store
The Westin Bellevue
Thinkspace, LLC
Timber Ridge at Talus
TOPICS Entertainment
Torklift International
Yoga Centers

You may find more information about Simplicity Decor  commitment to waste reduction and recycling and stories of other 74 companies on King county Website at http://your.kingcounty.gov/solidwaste/garbage-recycling/best-workplaces.asp