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Kitsap County, Washington Wins EPA Award for Waste Reduction

Release Date: 12/23/2005
Contact Information: Contacts: Domenic Calabro, Technical, 206-553-6640 Jeff Philip, Press, 206-553-1465

December 23, 2005

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) presented Kitsap County, Washington with a Local Government Partner of the Year Award for maintaining its position as a leader in a waste reduction. With its cost-saving waste reduction programs, Kitsap County proved once again that recycling does pay.

    It was another successful year for Kitsap County, a WasteWise award winner for the past five years. Kitsap County’s unique waste reduction program collected more than 3,300 tons of material for recycling and saved more than $260,000 in avoided disposal costs. Kitsap County’s success stems from several key program features, including a countywide directive to annually identify and report on departmental activities to reduce waste and attend annual waste reduction trainings. Employees used the paperless Wa$te Exchange to swap office surplus, rather than buying new products, and saved $1,400 in the process.

    EPA is proud to honor Kitsap County for these extraordinary achievements at the WasteWise 2005 Annual Conference. Kitsap County is one of only 10 organizations to receive a Partner of the Year Award at this event.

    WasteWise is a free and voluntary partnership program launched by EPA in 1994. The program provides guidance and recognition to more than 1,800 participating organizations that are working to find practical methods to reduce municipal solid waste and improve financial performance. EPA is pleased to recognize Kitsap County and other members that have made the program a success through their sustained commitment to waste reduction.

    For more information about EPA’s WasteWise program and details about the WasteWise 2005 Annual Conference, please visit the WasteWise Web site or contact the WasteWise Helpline at (800) EPA-WISE (372-9473).

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