For the fourth year in a row, Bellevue's environmental stewardship efforts have earned it a "Best Workplace for Recycling and Waste Reduction" honor for 2011 from King County.
Bellevue was recognized by the county's Solid Waste Division for making recycling easy for employees and visitors to City Hall and all satellite buildings.
To qualify as a Best Workplace for Recycling, organizations had to meet at least 10 criteria out of a list of 33 good recycling practices -- choices that range from placing recycling bins by every desk, to collecting food scraps for on- or off-site composting. Eighty-nine businesses and agencies made the list this year.
In addition to adding new items last year, including block Styrofoam, compact fluorescent light bulbs and rigid plastic lids, the city expanded what is accepted in its commingled recycling program this year to include all plastic containers and cold and hot cups. The deli at City Hall began using compostable service ware and instructional displays were set up in the cafeteria to show employees how to sort their recyclables.
In late 2010, Bellevue conducted a waste sort to monitor progress toward city recycling goals, and discovered that it had reduced the overall amount of waste generated. The city continues to promote zero-waste events, and all nine fire stations continue to recycle food waste after a successful pilot program.
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