The following statement was issued Thursday by the Allen County Solid Waste Management District:
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, commercial and institutional or industrial waste is a significant portion of a community’s solid waste stream, even in small cities and suburbs. In contrast to most residential “trash”, commercial material is a more challenging target for diversion from a landfill.
Recognizing this challenge twenty-two years ago, the Allen County Solid Waste Management District (ACSWMD) introduced Excellence in Recycling Awards to recognize and connect business leaders to address waste reduction, reuse, and recycling in the commercial sector.
2014 award winners will be announced and honored at an August 27 luncheon at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum Blue Room at 11:30 am. Businesses and nonprofits interested in applying for the awards next year are encouraged to start now. Contact ACSWMD for information.
The featured speaker is Jaret Wieland of Transformations Furniture, who will relate his experience in maintaining a successful business for four generations while prioritizing the minimization of waste.