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StopWaste Business Efficiency Awards

The 2017 Award Winners Have Been Selected!

Congratulations to the 2017 StopWaste Business Efficiency Award Winners!

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

The 2017 Business Efficiency Awards were presented on Wednesday, March 22nd at the Alameda County Waste Management Authority Board meeting, 1537 Webster Street, Oakland.


2017 Awardee Highlights: 

Beneficial State Bank, Oakland

Excellence in Recycling & Composting

Beneficial State Bank is a triple bottom-line financial institution headquartered in Oakland, with 12 branches in California, Oregon, and Washington. Started in 2007, Beneficial State Bank’s mission is to produce meaningful social and environmental benefits while being financially sustainable. In line with their zero waste goal, the bank’s Green Team started regular waste stream audits at five branches in 2015. As a result they have implemented measures to increase recycling and composting while reducing contamination, including extensive staff education on waste reduction. Beneficial State Bank’s purchasing policy prevents waste by promoting reusable food service ware and closes the loop with recycled content products.

Evergreen Nursery, San Leandro

Excellence in Waste Prevention & Closing the Loop 

Evergreen Nursery, Inc. in San Leandro is a local, independent nursery and garden center with professional landscape and design services. Operating since 1984, Evergreen has been an active and engaged partner of StopWaste for almost ten years, promoting projects ranging from Bay-Friendly Gardening to Lawn to Garden parties. An early adopter and promoter of natural and organic gardening techniques, Evergreen hosts frequent talks and workshops on techniques like sheet mulching, and carries an extensive line of drought tolerant and native plants. In just two years, Evergreen sold compost and recycled mulch that led to over 19,000 square feet of lawn replacement. 


Excellence in Reducing Wasted Food in Alameda County 

Guckenheimer is an on-site food service management company with locations throughout the country. In 2016, all 13 corporate cafeterias and restaurants Guckenheimer manages in Alameda County joined StopWaste’s Smart Kitchen Initiative for one year, committing to tracking pre-consumer food waste and surplus edible food and implementing strategies for food waste prevention and food donation. Over the course of the year, the 13 sites combined reduced pre-consumer food waste by almost 68,000 pounds or 42% compared to baseline. To foster the sharing of experiences and best practices for food waste prevention, Guckenheimer facilitated monthly group calls among participating chefs and managers.

Niles Pie Company, Union City

Excellence in Waste Prevention & Reuse

Niles Pie Company in Union City is a retail and wholesale bakery with eight staff. Their pies and baked goods are made with organic, seasonal, locally sourced ingredients and sold at the store and four farmers market locations in Alameda County. With the help of a StopWaste Use Reusables grant, they purchased 100 reusable wooden pie boxes in October 2016, expected to help prevent the use of at least 2,000 disposable paper boxes over one to two years. Niles Pie Company offers reusable dishes and silverware for prepared food served on-site, repurposes food scraps where possible, and composts the rest via voluntary organics collection. Surplus baked and prepared foods are donated to local non-profits helping the needy.

Rahma Mediterranean Market, Dublin

Excellence in Recycling & Composting 

Rahma Mediterranean Market in Dublin is a small, independently-owned Halal food market and catering company serving the Tri-Valley area since 2008. In addition to Mediterranean and Middle Eastern groceries, Rahma’s Halal butcher shop and deli sell meats, salads, and sandwiches. Although as a Dublin business Rahma is not affected by the Alameda County Mandatory Recycling Ordinance, owner Khaled Aburahma has set up recycling and composting service and actively promotes waste reduction among employees and business neighbors alike. Efficient purchasing and inventory management practices prevent most food waste. 88% of all remaining waste is diverted from the landfill, saving Rahma nearly $10,000 a year on garbage disposal fees. 


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
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