News Releases from Region 02
EPA Recognizes Ravitz Family Markets of New Jersey as 2017 WasteWise Winner
(New York, N.Y.) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognizes the prevention and diversion accomplishments of Ravitz Family Markets in Burlington and Camden Counties, New Jersey, as two of the 16 WasteWise national award winners, who collectively prevented and recycled over 355,801 tons of waste, saving $17.7 million in avoided landfill fees.
“This is yet another excellent example of the EPA partnering with communities and organizations to achieve environmental and economic benefits through waste prevention and management. The WasteWise award winners have exemplified tremendous environmental stewardship and fiscal responsibility, and we commend their efforts,” said EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt.
For 23 years, EPA’s WasteWise has helped organizations and businesses apply sustainable materials management practices to prevent and reduce municipal and select industrial wastes, saving them resources and money.
WasteWise partners reported preventing and diverting 8.5 million tons of waste that would otherwise have been disposed in landfills or incinerators. These actions – which include waste prevention, recycling, composting and donation – saved participants over $400 million in avoided landfill fees.
WasteWise partners who report the best overall improvement in waste prevention and recycling activities – when compared to the previous year – receive awards in various categories.
The 16 national award winners are:
College and University
Texas: Partner of the Year - University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
Georgia: Honorable Mention - Georgia State University
California: Partner of the Year - The Presidio Trust
New Jersey: Partner of the Year - Ravitz Family Markets, Price Rite Supermarkets, Inc.
New Jersey: Honorable Mention - Ravitz Family Markets; Shoprite: Union Mill Rd.; Mount Laurel Supermarkets, Inc.
Illinois: Partner of the Year - City of Urbana
Florida: Honorable Mention - City of Fort Lauderdale
Wisconsin: Partner of the Year - Frito Lay, Beloit
Virginia: Honorable Mention - JK Moving & Storage
Massachusetts: Partner of the Year - Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Florida: Partner of the Year - Pasco County Schools
Missouri: Partner of the Year - Urban Chestnut Brewing Company
California: Honorable Mention - Earth Friendly Products
Washington: Honorable Mention - CenturyLink Field
Very Large Business
Wisconsin: Partner of the Year - Kohl’s Department Stores
Illinois: Honorable Mention - Sears Holdings Corporation
All U.S. businesses, governments and nonprofit organizations can join WasteWise. For more information, visit: https://www.epa.gov/smm/wastewise.
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