2016 marks the fifth consecutive year that Rainier has been recognized by King County as one of the Best Workplaces for Waste Prevention and Recycling! King County gives special recognition to “Honor Roll” businesses that have made the list for five or more years.
Each spring, King County reviews applications from local businesses and organizations and evaluates them for exceptional commitment to recycling and reducing the amount of waste sent to the landfill.
Over the past five years, we’ve recycled over 70% of our total waste, diverting roughly 2,340 tons of waste from the landfill. This staggering total is a result of everyone at Rainier working together to repurpose product that would otherwise go into the recycle bin and to recycle product that would have gone into trash.
This year, we’ve added a machine in our packaging department that shreds excess cardboard that can then be used as padding in the products that we package and ship. This is a great example of how we are using technology to achieve our goal of reducing waste.
Last month we also phased out our last solvent based printer. This eliminates the need to use the highly toxic solvent based inks and solvents that machine used. Our suite of Durst printers use a water-based ink that is significantly safer for our workers and much less harmful to the environment.
We are currently researching alternative ways to filter and dispose of the muddy water the Water Jet machine produces.
The thing that really makes Rainier stand out as an environmentally progressive company is the individual commitment and effort that each employee makes every day. Our efforts to make sure our trash is sorted into the compost and co-mingled recycling bins has a huge impact on reducing the amount of waste we send to the landfill every year.
Continuous improvement is one of the key components of our EMS policy. This year we are looking for ways we can re-purpose or recycle even more! Our eventual goal is to send nothing to the landfill.