The City of Napa, the County of Napa, and Napa Recycling & Waste Services recognized and celebrated some of our community’s green champions that are working hard to reduce their environmental impact (and save some dough – pun intended) by being super stars at recycling and composting last week at the 12th Annual JD Fullner Recycling Awards!
Joined by Mayor Techel, City Council members Gentry, Mott, and Sedgley, and elected official representatives Alex Pader, Maira Ayala, and Tracy Krumpen each City award winner received a certificate of recognition from the elected official offices, a locally made wine bottle trophy, and a financial award. The City of Napa recognized four schools and ten businesses for their amazing work, handing out $7,000 in awards. The money comes from Napa Recycling & Waste Services as part of its contract with the city. County Supervisors Belia Ramos and Ryan Gregory were also present to give awards to six businesses in Napa County.
When a business works to improve their recycling (by ensuring their recyclables end up in the recycling – which is included in the price of the garbage bill) and start and/or improve their composting (which is offered at a discounted price to landfill) –they are not only ensuring precious natural resources do not end up in a landfill (and be lost and/or create methane gas), they typically have a cost savings!
And our winners highlighted that well.
The City of Napa winners were:
-Schools: Vichy Elementary, Nature’s Way Montessori, Mt. George Elementary, and Shearer Elementary.
-Businesses: Ben & Jerry’s, Butter Cream Bakery & Diner, Dutch Bros, Embassy Suites by Hilton Napa Valley, Foodshed Take Away, Hop Creek Pub, In-N-Out Burger, Silverado Cooking School, The Meadows of Napa Valley, and Van Winden’s Garden Center.
Special recognition awards were also given to Roger Bubel, of Ben & Jerry’s, and the City of Napa’s Fire Department, especially Station #4!
Why were these specific businesses recognized? Well, one of the businesses listed above was able to be one of our “biggest losers” and save more than $40,000 with their trash bill by starting composting and be better recyclers! Another listed business only sends one 65 gallon container of trash a week to the landfill, produces sixteen yards of recycling, and 3 yards of compost a week!
County award winners, who did not receive cash awards, were: Eleven Eleven Wines, Multi-Color Corporation, Clos du Val Wine Company, Domaine Carneros, Trefethen Family Vineyards, and The Doctors Company.
Interested in learning more about diverting your materials from the landfill (personally or for your business)?
For city businesses: Kendra Bruno at [email protected] or Tim Dewey-Mattia at [email protected].
For county businesses Dave Briggs at [email protected] or Tim Dewey Mattia (info above).