Fresno Ranks #1 in State for Recycling Achievements

Today, the City of Fresno, Department of Public Utilities (DPU), Solid Waste Division announced a significant milestone in its ongoing recycling efforts. Fresno has ranked highest in the state among larger cities by the California Integrated Waste Management Board (CIWMB) for diverting 71% of its solid waste away from landfills and into the City’s recycling programs.

The CIWMB is the state agency that promotes a “Zero Waste” California in partnership with local government, industry and the public. The CIWMB recently released its landfill diversion rates for 2006, which are considered the official measurement for determining how well communities are progressing with their recycling programs. The City of Fresno has significantly stepped up its recycling outreach during the past eighteen months and continues to work toward a goal of Zero Waste.

“I am extremely proud of our entire Solid Waste Team for implementing such a successful recycling program and commend the citizens of Fresno for their ongoing efforts to reduce, reuse and recycle,” said Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearingen. DPU Director Rene Ramirez praised both the City Council and community for their roles in this achievement. “The Council adopted a bold resolution in June of 2007 committing the City to the aggressive goal of a 75% Waste Diversion Rate by 2012 and a Zero Waste goal by 2025. With help from a recycling minded community we are well on our way to meeting these important goals,” said Ramirez.

The following are examples and contact information for some of the City of Fresno’s top performing recycling partners and recipients of the Mayor’s Recycling Awards:

United Carpet: The company recycles about 500,000 square feet of carpet and padding each year. Environmentally friendly wood also is used as flooring for hundreds of homes. Contact: Julie Kerkochian - 225-5100

Fresno Chaffee Zoo: The zoo collected and recycled nearly 280,000 pounds of green waste and 92,000 pounds of other materials last year. Contact: Ken Boriack - 498-5957

Whole Foods Market: The grocery store makes recycling easy by allowing old cell phones and batteries to be dropped off at the store. Several nonprofit agencies also receive produce and other food from Whole Foods Market. Contact: Shawn Marshall -241-0300

Fresno Ag Hardware: Along with recycling fluorescent tubes, cardboard and packing material, the store discusses ways to recycle during its monthly staff meetings. Contact: Kevin Seubert - 224-6441

Mayor’s Zero Waste Award
E&J Gallo Winery: Not a single seed, leaf or vine is wasted in the E&J GalloWinery's effort to achieve zero waste. The winery's diversion rate is an impressive 92% with a water purification system which further enhances Gallo's conservation efforts. Contact: Rod Burns - 458-2458

Prestige Surface Works: The countertop maker installed a closed-loop water system that recycles 100% of the 200 gallons of water used each minute by the company's stone-cutting equipment. Sediment that is captured in the system's filters is combined with other waste material and used as a filler or as a road base by Caltrans. Contact: Diko Chekian - 497-8920

Individual Recycling Award Winner
Linda Nimer: The Wawona Middle School teacher has published the book, "Recycling Begins With Me ... But everyone should help!" Nimer also was a Environmental Protection Agency award winner in 2007. Wawonna Middle School #248-7310

CONTACT: Communications Office (559) 621-7777 or Ann Kloose, Department of Public Utilities (559) 269-5453

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