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StopWaste Business Efficiency Awards

The StopWaste Business Efficiency Awards recognize businesses for their efforts to reduce waste to landfill, through waste prevention, reuse, recycling, and composting.

Congratulations 2019 Award Winners!

The 2019 Business Efficiency Awards were presented on Wednesday, May 22nd at 1537 Webster Street, Oakland, as part of the Alameda County Waste Management Authority Board meeting.


2019 Awardee Highlights: 

Honolulu BBQ – Alameda

Excellence in Disposable Foodware Reduction

Honolulu BBQ implemented reusable foodware for onsite dining, eliminating over 100,000 pieces of disposable foodware items per year. The switch to reusables prevents close to 2,000 pounds of waste and saves the small Alameda restaurant more than $3,000 a year.

Isla Restaurant – Newark

Excellence in Recycling & Composting

Prompted by a Mandatory Recycling Ordinance warning letter, this Filipino sit-down restaurant worked with a Business Assistance Team member to set up a successful organics collection program. With ongoing staff training provided by management, Isla now has an exemplary diversion program in place. The program is going so well, management is developing plans for maximum waste diversion at their new location opening soon.

Semifreddi’s – Alameda

Excellence in Energy Efficiency, Recycling & Composting

When this family-owned Bay Area bread and pastry bakery moved to their Alameda facility, they decided to design a new kind of bakery with energy savings, waste prevention, and employee well-being in mind. Their efficient lighting system saves over 200,000 kWh per year and includes 44 solar tubes to bring natural light to their 140 employees. Many ingredients are sourced locally and delivered in reusable transport packaging to reduce waste. Extra food is donated, sent to chicken feed, or composted as a last resort.

Sodexo at Fremont Unified School District – Fremont

Excellence in Food Waste Reduction

As the contracted food service provider for Fremont Unified School District, Sodexo was instrumental in rolling out food share to all 39 K-12 schools in the District. Students place unwanted, unopened and unbitten foods on the food share table for other students to take or to be donated to food rescue organizations. One site, American High School, donated 2,000 pounds of edible surplus food in one school year.

UrbanBloc – San Leandro

Excellence in Waste Reduction & Reuse

When steel shipping containers reach the end of their useful life moving goods, UrbanBloc can upcycle them to create an energy efficient commercial building. Since January 2018, UrbanBloc has upcycled 15 shipping containers for uses ranging from ice cream and coffee shops to full kitchens for food service. Using modular designs, energy-efficient and recycled building materials whenever possible, less than 20 cubic yards of waste are generated at their San Leandro facility per year.

Vericool, Inc. – Livermore

Excellence in Recycling & Composting

Vericool, Inc. is a Livermore manufacturer that has developed a recyclable and compostable alternative to molded expanded polystyrene coolers. They actively work with hauler Livermore Sanitation Inc. to ensure maximum diversion and currently recycle and compost 85% of all their waste.


About the StopWaste Business Efficiency Awards

This awards program honors Alameda County businesses and institutions whose leadership and continuous efforts to improve environmental performance and business efficiency have achieved outstanding results. Since the inception of the awards program in 2000, well over 100 Alameda County businesses and institutions have been recognized.

Learn how your business can be a leader in waste reduction.


Previous Award Winners




  • Corning Life Sciences
  • Felson Companies, Inc. 
  • Foods Co
  • Lola's Chicken Shack  
  • Mobile Mini
  • Oracle Americas, Inc.
  • Richard Avelar & Associates Architects
  • SMART Modular Technologies 


  • America’s Best Coffee Roasting Company
  • Carriage House Apartments
  • The Home Depot
  • Kaiser Permanente Livermore Medical Offices 
  • Recology Grover Environmental Products(RGEP)
  • Reliance Metalcenter
  • The Republic Services
  • The Sacred Wheel
  • South Shore Center 
  • TraX
  • WM EarthCare is Waste Management
  • Zero Net Energy Center (ZNEC)


  • Balentine Plaza Shopping Center
  • Cagwin & Dorward
  • CBRE, Inc.
  • FreshPoint San Francisco
  • McDonald's - Pacific Sierra Region
  • Pete's ACE Hardware
  • Tesla Motors, Inc.
  • The John Stewart Company
  • Truitt & White
  • UC Berkeley, Cal Dining
  • VF Outdoor, Inc.
  • Western Garden Nursery


  • Amtrak Operations & Maintenance Facility
  • Chabot Space & Science Center
  • Dublin Corporate Center managed by Tishman Speyer
  • Finelite
  • GSC Logistics
  • Holy Spirit Church
  • Kaiser Foundation Health Plan
  • Kaiser Greater Southern Alameda Area (GSAA)
  • SYNNEX Corporation
  • Unigen
  • US Foods


  • A.G. Ferrari
  • Berkeley Repertory Theater
  • Coca Cola Bottling Company, San Leandro
  • Dobake Bakeries, Inc.
  • Emeryville Public Market, by TMG Partners
  • Novartis
  • Peerless Coffee & Tea Company
  • Telecare Villa Fairmont Mental Health Rehabilitation Center
  • The Clorox Company
  • University of California Office of the President
  • Washington Hospital Healthcare System
  • Wente Family Estates


  • Bayer Healthcare, LLC
  • Boston Scientific
  • Carl Zeiss Meditec
  • Costco Wholesale Livermore
  • Emerald Packaging Incorporated
  • Golden Gate Fields Racetrack
  • Heat and Control, Inc.
  • La Terra Fina
  • Peterson Tractor
  • Save Mart Supermarkets
  • The Shorenstein Building at 555 12th Street
  • The United States Postal Service's Processing and Distribution Center


  • Alpha Innotech Corporation
  • Columbus Distributing Company
  • Dreyer's Grand Ice Cream
  • Fremont Marriott Silicon Valley
  • Ghirardelli Chocolate
  • Goodwill Industries of the Greater East Bay
  • Kerry Sweet Ingredients
  • Lake Merritt Plaza
  • North Face
  • Peterson Power
  • Pleasanton Corporate Commons
  • Walters & Wolf
  • Watergate Towers
  • Whole Foods Markets


  • Amtrak
  • Clif Bar & Company
  • Eastmont Town Center
  • Finelite
  • Mills College
  • Quaker-Tropicana-Gatorade (QTG)
  • Service West
  • U.S. Foodservice San Francisco Division


  • American Licorice
  • Bay Street Emeryville
  • Emeryville Public Market
  • IKEA Emeryville
  • Metro
  • Scios
  • Sconza Candy
  • Trans Pacific Centre


  • Degussa Construction Chemicals
  • Golden Gate Fields
  • Pacific Gas & Electric
  • Pacific Steel Casting Company
  • Rogers Family Company
  • Sara Lee Coffee and Tea
  • The Society of St. Vincent de Paul of Alameda County
  • U.S. Pipe
  • Washington Hospital
  • Westgate Shopping Center/SKB Properties


  • Children's Hospital Oakland
  • Clif Bar, Inc
  • Ghirardelli Chocolate Company
  • Oakland Arena & Network Associates Coliseum
  • Orcon Corporation
  • Toyota Logistics Services


  • Cal State University at Hayward
  • CertainTeed
  • East Bay Regional Park District
  • IKEA, Emeryville
  • LAM Research
  • Oakland Hilton Hotel
  • Powerlight Corporation


  • AC Transit
  • American Licorice Company
  • Oakland International Aiport
  • Yoshi's


  • ANG Newspapers
  • Cal State University at Hayward
  • Compaq
  • East Bay Regional Park District
  • Peerless Coffee Company
  • Peet's Coffee & Tea
  • The Oakland Zoo


  • Bay Area Rapid Transit District
  • Bayer Corporation
  • Fleischmann's Yeast
  • New United Motor Manufacturing, Inc.
  • United States Postal Service, Oakland District
  • University of California, Berkeley