King County Solid Waste division is honoring Division 9 Flooring with the ‘Re—Innovator’ award, honoring the company’s waste prevention and recycling practices as well as recognizing, “exceptional innovative waste reduction programs.”
Division 9 Flooring’s Sustainability Program has been in place since 2008. Over the last seven years, the company has diverted more than 900-pounds of carpet and pad from landfills.
Additionally, Division 9 takes part in composting food waste and there is even a washer and dryer onsite for reusing towels and washcloths. They also encourage their employees to bring in items that can be difficult to recycle like plastic bags, batteries and light bulbs.
Division 9 has also been an engaged stakeholder in the Northwest Carpet Recycling Project and has been a sponsor, presenter and exhibitor at one of the Washington State Recycling Association’s most successful Washington Recycles Every Day events.
“If we can recycle 900,000-pounds of carpet, why stop there?” questioned Melissa Rossi, CFO, Division 9 Flooring. “Most of the materials we touch in our everyday business don’t really need to end up in a landfill. All it takes is the desire to be proactive and engaged in the process, and a touch of creativity. I hope our example inspires other businesses to take the small steps that add up to a big impact on the environment, because it’s absolutely within reach to do so, and very rewarding to know you’ve made a difference."
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