WasteCap Nebraska Recognizes 2016 Sustainability Award Winners

WasteCap Nebraska (www.wastecapne.orgwishes to congratulate the 2016 Sustainability Award Winners. At WasteCap’s Annual Awards Luncheon in Lincoln on October 7, five awards were given to businesses and entities that demonstrate initiative and commitment to sustainability practices including waste diversion.

Green Team of the Year Award, given to Central Community College. In four years, the Green Team has ensured full recycling at all facilities, has surveyed all full-time employees to identify ways within their job to reduce their footprint, provided monthly trainings and diverted 25+ tons of material, putting them well on their way to reaching their goal of near zero waste by 2019.

Member of the Year Award, given to Lincoln Public Schools. With their diversion of construction waste, adding composting to all schools and recycling in all schools, LPS is leading the way in Lincoln and serving as an anchor to build the necessary infrastructure and provide the necessary education and training to contractors to increase waste diversion, recycling and composting throughout the city.

Service Provider of the Year Award, given to Big Red Worms. Commending their innovative efforts in reducing waste in Nebraska. In Nebraska, over 16% of waste entering our landfills is food waste. When composted, this food waste creates a nutrient-dense soil amendment to increase the health of soils and the food grown in those soils. Nebraska Farmers Union recognized the need for increased soil health and fertility, especially in local food production.

Zero Waste Award, given to the George Witt Service. For implementing an extensive sustainability program and diverting 97% of their shop waste. In the process, Becky Witt has become a nationally recognized industry expert on extended-service oil changes and they have created a hassle-free and nearly zero waste way of servicing their customers.

Zero Waste Award, also given to Closed Loop Recycling. Closed Loop Recycling, headquartered in St. Louis, MO, offers a sustainable solution to the problem of absorbent and fluid disposal in the manufacturing industry. This is done through the elimination of certain waste streams and providing reusable products for any non-hazardous absorbent needs. Nebraska clients have diverted 23,088 pounds of solid waste and 1,551 gallons of liquid waste from our landfills through the recycling and reuse program.

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