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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 2018 Award Winners!

Excellence in Recycling and Composting: 

Excellence in Waste Prevention & Reuse:

Congratulations to the 2018 StopWaste Business Efficiency Award Winners! 

The 2018 Business Efficiency Awards were presented on Wednesday, June 27th at 1537 Webster Street, Oakland, as part of the Alameda County Waste Management Authority Board meeting. 

The press release from the event is available here.


2018 Awardee Highlights: 

Checkers Catering and Special Events, Livermore

Excellence in Waste Prevention & Reuse

Checkers Catering and Special Events in Livermore has provided service and cuisine to events ranging from business lunches to weddings for 30 years. In July 2017 they joined StopWaste’s Smart Kitchen Initiative, committing to tracking pre-consumer food waste, including surplus edible food, with the goal of improving Checkers’ already outstanding food waste reduction practices. In the first 11 months, they cut food waste by more than 7,000 pounds, or 19% compared to baseline. In addition, they donated more than 5,000 pounds of surplus edible food, or 4,100 meals, to Open Heart Kitchen to feed hungry people. Checkers also minimizes disposable food service ware by using reusable dishware that gets picked up post-event.

New Parkway Theater, Oakland

Excellence in Waste Prevention & Reuse 

The New Parkway Theater is a mission-driven, community-centered cinema and pub in Oakland’s Uptown district. Since they opened in 2012, the New Parkway Theater has been committed to producing as little waste as possible and have eliminated practically all single-use items from their business. They offer food and beverages only in reusable food service ware, from plates and cups to cloth napkins and metal straws. Instead of using bags to line bins at their recycling stations, they collect materials loose in indoor recycling, organics, and garbage bins and then rinse the bins after they’re emptied. The furniture in their theaters is mostly reclaimed and their restrooms are paper towel free with a foot handle on the door to open without touching the handle. The theater empowers and incentivizes staff to continue to make creative waste reduction solutions. 

Pixar Animation Studios, Emeryville

Excellence in Waste Prevention & Reuse 

A computer animation film studio based in Emeryville, Pixar Animation Studios has a campus of more than a thousand employees. Pixar has made huge investments in sustainability and their passionate “Green Team” has helped to upgrade the buildings with energy efficient LED lighting, low-flow water fixtures, and systems to repurpose and recycle old furniture and even Styrofoam™ – common in computer packaging. Every Earth Week, Pixar creates an art installation to highlight the waste of a specific office item, like the single use coffee cup display that resulted in a 40% reduction in the use of disposable coffee cups. With help from Waste Management, Pixar increased waste diversion from 59% in 2016 to 76% in 2018, primarily due to composting food scraps and food-soiled paper. The Green Team recently removed all desk-side waste containers, replacing them with three-stream container systems in convenient central locations to reduce waste, including the 46 miles of plastic liners that were being sent to the landfill every year.

Redwood Surgery Center, Castro Valley

Excellence in Recycling and Composting

An independent outpatient surgery center in Castro Valley, Redwood Surgery Center received a waste audit in June 2017 that showed a great opportunity to save by decreasing waste. Since they set up their new multi-bin system, Redwood Surgery Center has decreased their garbage by more than 60%, increased recycling by 50% and added organics collection for the first time. New containers, signs, and training provided by Castro Valley Sanitary District made it easy for staff to take ownership over the expanded recycling and new organics program, cutting their garbage bill in half and moving their overall waste diversion from 33% to 70%; a truly impressive accomplishment for a business in the medical industry.

Ruby King Bakery, Oakland

Excellence in Recycling and Composting 

In business for some 30 years, Ruby King Bakery, a family-run bakery in Oakland’s Chinatown is famous for their egg tarts. When owner Weng Kee Fu and his wife signed up for recycling and organics service, they were able to cut their weekly garbage collection service in half, going from two cubic yards of weekly garbage service down to just one. They set up color-coded and well-labeled recycling stations back-of-house as well as in the customer area and provide on-going trainings to their small staff on proper sorting. Ruby King Bakery is a champion of recycling and composting in Oakland’s Chinatown community. Even their spent coffee grounds are picked up by neighbors for backyard composting!


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