Four Shaw facilities were recently recognized for the fifth year in a row by CalRecycle’s Waste Reduction Awards Program (WRAP), honoring successful waste to landfill reduction initiatives. The four facilities manufacture products for Shaw’s Patcraft Designweave and Tuftex brands. Two of the facilities also recently announced Zero Waste to Landfill status.

The facilities’ ongoing waste reduction has played a vital role in the company’s progress towards an overall corporate waste to landfill reduction goal, and it demonstrates the value of Shaw’s participation in public-private partnerships such as CalRecycle and EPA’s WasteWise, according to Rick Ramirez, vp sustainability.

“Shaw’s corporate goal is to reduce waste to landfill by 90 percent by year-end 2011, with the overall objective being zero waste to landfill for our entire organization,” Ramirez said. “The waste reduction initiatives implemented by our California facilities continue to serve as a model of best practices for other facilities within our organization as well as for manufacturers in other industries looking to successfully reduce – or eliminate – their waste to landfill.”

“A healthy business community is indispensable to our economy, and the steps these WRAP winners have taken toward resource management, recycling, and waste reduction are impressive,” said CalRecycle Director Margo Reid Brown. “All these businesses have managed to make their bottom line greener while helping preserve our environment.”

According to Tuftex Environmental and Risk Manager Bill Woyshner, the four Shaw facilities have diverted approximately 10 million pounds of waste from landfills in a year, saving $1,736,541 through decreased landfill costs, waste reduction and reuse in the process.

“Receiving WRAP recognition for the fifth year in a row is an achievement and a commitment,” said Woyshner, who was recently appointed to California’s LA County Sanitation District’s Industry Advisory Council, a group charged with bridging the gap between regulatory agencies and the business community through a focus on sustainability, green chemistry and best practices.

“We are proud of the work the award represents, and in keeping with Shaw’s commitment to sustainability through innovation – the Shaw Green Edge, we are also looking forward to setting new standards for waste reduction through our participation in the WRAP program and our partnership with CalRecycle.”

Formerly the California Integrated Waste Management Board, CalRecycle has administered the WRAP awards for 17 years.