If that headline sounds recycled, it’s because this is the fourth consecutive year that Rainier has been recognized by King County as one of the best workplaces for waste prevention and recycling!
Each spring, King County creates a list recognizing local businesses for exceptional commitment to recycling and reducing the amount of waste sent to the landfill.
Over the past four years, we’ve recycled over 70 percent of our total waste, diverting a total of 1,872 tons of waste from the landfill. Continuous improvement is one of the key components of our EMS policy.
In 2014, we improved our recycling efforts when we switched hazardous waste haulers to a vendor that removes inks, solvents and paints from scrap fabric. The residue is repurposed and the rags are non-hazardous and recyclable.
Special recognition went to Nina and Carl in the Fabric Shop – during our recent EMS recertification audit, Nina and Carl enthusiastically answered questions about what Rainier’s EMS policy means to them, and how their jobs and training can have an impact on the environment.