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Two Auburn Businesses Make King County’s Best Workplace for Waste Prevention and Recycling List

Each spring since 2007, businesses in King County outside of the City of Seattle are invited to apply for recognition as a Best Workplace for Waste Prevention and Recycling. This year, King County’s Solid Waste Division has named 97 local businesses to its eighth annual list of Best Workplaces, the highest number listed since the program began. Two businesses in Auburn in the engineering/manufacturing category, Conrad Manufacturing Co, Inc. and Norgren GT Development Corporation, are first-time honorees.

Conrad Manufacturing Co., Inc., links to external sitelocated at 4156 B Place NW, produces quality products from simple parts to sophisticated aerospace components since 1974. Some of their best practices that earned them a spot on the list include reusing all shredded paper as packaging, returning pallets to distributors to be reused, purchasing used boxes, recycling Styrofoam, and reusing plastic bins for transportation for goods.

Norgren GT Development Corporationlinks to external site, located at 425 C St. NW, is a global supplier of fluid and motion control technology for the commercial vehicle industry. Their successful waste prevention and recycling efforts are done in cooperation with suppliers. For example, the special packaging that they receive parts in is collected and returned to suppliers for reuse. This saves in costs to customers, and also eliminates waste.

The 2014 list spans a wide array of businesses in King County – from education to transportation. Innovative recycling and waste reduction strategies run the gamut, from Safeway’s efforts to recycle meat and grease into bio-diesel, to Keeney’s Office Supply’s efforts to reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions, to AMEC’s aggressive recycling and composting programs.

Each of the 2014 Best Workplace businesses listed has shown exceptional commitment to recycling and reducing the amount of waste their company sends to the landfill. Their actions help reduce the impacts of climate change and feed recycled materials back into the economy. Honor roll businesses have made the list for five or more years and are identified by their logo and an honor roll graphic image along with their profiles below.

Be inspired, learn something new and glean ideas for your own business by viewing the 2014 Best Workplace profileslinks to external site. Congratulations to each 2014 Best Workplace!

For more information on how to improve workplace recycling in Auburn, visit www.auburnwa.gov/solidwaste.