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CalRecycle recognizes Waste Management of O.C.

The agency garnered the WRAP honor for its commitment to green practices.

By Regine RafaelPublished: December 14, 2010 02:14 PM

The California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery recently honored Waste Management Orange County for its commitment to sustainability. The local agency garnered the Waste Reduction Awards Program – or WRAP.

The annual award recognizes businesses throughout the state for their efforts to reduce nonhazardous waste.

“It is an honor to be recognized with this award for the second year in a row,” said Jason Rose, general manager of Waste Management in San Diego and Orange counties. “Our team is constantly seeking new ways to reduce our carbon footprint and protect the environment.”

To achieve the honor, Waste Management of O.C. had to demonstrate a number of its prevention efforts, including reuse, recycling and composting, as well as its purchase of eco-friendly or recycled products and education programs, among other work.

Here's a look at Waste Management of O.C.'s green programs:

• Installing dehydration machines as part of a regional food waste diversion pilot program at several local businesses
• Creating a $1.7 million recycling sort line at the company's Irvine Processing and Transfer Facility
• Establishing solar trash compactors throughout the county
• Using low-emission trucks to reduce the company's carbon footprint
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