Seven Mecklenburg County organizations may now add the title “Ambassador” to their list of accomplishments for their efforts to increase recycling in the community.
The 2017 Wipe Out Waste Ambassador Awards banquet was held on Oct. 26 in Charlotte.
The Wipe Out Waste Ambassador Program is a free networking and educational program sponsored by Mecklenburg County’s Solid Waste Department. Over the last five years, the program has rewarded County businesses who are committed to building a stronger community through recycling and reducing waste in the workplace.
This year's winners represented various industries, ranging from healthcare, education, retail and manufacturing. Award recipients were selected by 200 program members after completing an application explaining why their organization should receive the award.
Mecklenburg County Commissioner Matthew Ridenhour served as an emcee for the awards banquet. Board of County Commissioners Chair, Ella Scarborough also attended. Coca-Cola Bottling Company Consolidated received the Pacesetter Award for achieving their zero-waste goal at its Snyder Production Facility. The company’s Environmental Compliance Manager, Ray Fuentes, delivered the keynote address during the awards banquet.
"Everything we do involves recycled or upcycled books. It made sense for us to apply for this award," said Kristina Cruise of non-profit, Promising Pages. Each year the organization distributes 100,000 used books to children. These books come from other children who have simply outgrown their reading material. If the donated books are not in good condition Promising Pages uses worn out pages to create collage bookmarks.
Carolinas Healthcare System in Pineville received an award for launching a cans and bottles recycling program. Hospital employees highlighted the need for such a program. Before the program was established, nurse Juliet Harrington-Harper would take two garbage bags of recycling home each night. "People have been wanting this a long time,” said Kady Cowan, Director of Sustainability. They want to live their values at work and we are providing them that opportunity"
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