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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, November 7, 2006

City Council honors top commercial recyclers

 BELLEVUE – Three Bellevue businesses were honored at Monday's City Council meeting for their outstanding recycling efforts.

The top business recyclers in their class for 2005 are La Tienda, Pot O' Gold  Coffee Service and the U.S. Post Office on Bellevue Way. In addition to recognition from the city and Allied Waste, which handles garbage and recycling for Bellevue, each business will receive a month of free garbage service.

In the small business category, La Tienda, located at 1506 145th Pl. SE, is recycling 87 percent of its waste. La Tienda is a large Mexican convenience store that specializes in products from Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Peru and Columbia. They carry groceries, music videos and art crafts from those countries. Many of the products require extra protection in packaging, and La Tienda recycles as much of the packaging as possible.

Pot O’ Gold, at 13205 SE 30th St, is the winner in the medium category, with a recycling rate of 73 percent. Pot O’ Gold distributes coffee supplies and equipment to offices in the Puget Sound Region, working closely with local roasters, including Starbucks and Tully’s. Pot O' Gold recycles all of the cardboard that comes through its warehouse and reuses boxes to ship orders to clients.

In the large business category, the Bellevue Way Post Office recycles 77 percent of its waste. This is the second year in a row the Post Office took first prize, and it even increased its recycling rate by 6 percent over what was recycled in 2004.

The commercial recycling program is available at no additional charge to Allied Waste commercial garbage customers. The program allows all recyclables to be combined in the same recycling container. As a result, cardboard, mixed paper, newspaper, aluminum cans, plastic containers, plastic film and all colors of glass containers can be combined for recycling.

Allied Waste and the Bellevue began the Commercial Recycling Awards as a way to recognize businesses that go above and beyond in their recycling efforts and to promote the commercial recycling program. If businesses would like to learn more about recycling, they should contact Allied Waste at 425-646-2492.

For details about garbage and recycling services in Bellevue, please go to the Garbage and Recycling page.


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