Each year EPA recognizes WasteWise partners in various categories who report the best year-over-year overall improvement in waste prevention and recycling activities. The Valley Hospital in Ridgewood received a national award while Ravitz Family Markets took was honored regionally.
The Valley Hospital took home national honors as Non-Profit Organization Partner of the Year for diverting more than 830,554 pounds of material and increasing its single-stream recycling by 10 tons with improved access to bins, the creation of a sort center, and increasing focus on employee education and engagement, EPA said.
Ravitz Family Markets, with locations in Cherry Hill, Marlton, Mount Laurel and Camden was also recognized as a 2018 WasteWise Regional Award Winners for Region 2.
“Source reduction is achieved through very careful purchasing,” Ken Brahl, senior director of labor relations for Ravitz said in a prepared statement. “We buy right so you can shop right.”
Additional winners in the region included three companies based in New York: Curbell Inc., Evelyn Hill and Ombligo.
EPA Regional Administrator Pete Lopez, in a prepared statement, described WasteWise winners as sustainability-focused. “[O]rganizations like these increase awareness and knowledge about waste issues and provide examples for other organizations to take responsible actions toward improving the environment,” he said.
Altogether, efforts by the 10 national winners prevented and diverted more than 356,000 tons of waste from entering landfills, for a savings of over $19.6 million in avoided landfill fees, according to EPA.
“Our 2018 winners show that keeping valuable materials out of the trash is a win-win for their bottom lines and the environment,” said EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler in a prepared statement.