Issaquah organizations earn King County honor for ‘green’ practices

July 26, 2012

By Staff

NEW — 8 a.m. July 26, 2012

King County Executive Dow Constantine honored the Issaquah School District and Issaquah businesses for efforts to reduce waste and increase recycling Wednesday.

The school district, Outsource Marketing, PCC Natural Markets, Pogacha of Issaquah and Rowley Properties ranked as Best Workplaces for Waste Prevention and Recycling. Countywide, 92 businesses and government and nonprofit organizations achieved the distinction.

“From recycling Styrofoam and cellphones to creating new programs for composting, the innovation these organizations have shown proves that sound environmental practices can go hand-in-hand with a successful business,” Constantine said in a statement.

The county put Outsource Marketing, PCC Natural Markets and Rowley Properties on a Business Honor Roll for making the Best Workplaces for Waste Prevention and Recycling list for at least five consecutive years.

The contest is open to all businesses operating in King County outside Seattle. Honorees must meet a waste reduction and recycling criteria, such as using reusable or compostable dishware in kitchens, collecting batteries for recycling or sending electronic invoices.

“Many times, what businesses consider waste is something other entities can use and actually purchase,” Andrew Koeppen, managing director at Hot Off the Press, a family-owned printer based in Redmond and a Best Workplace for Waste Prevention and Recycling honoree, said in a statement. “Finding out where our waste can be used helps our society become a community.”

Hot Off the Press holds “green” print design seminars to teach others how to design environmentally conscious printed documents and business materials. The business donates unused paper to local schools and nonprofit organizations.

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