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    Beneficial State Bank in Oakland was honored with a 2017 StopWaste Business Efficiency Award for Excellence in Recycling & Composting.

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    The United States Postal Service’s massive Oakland Processing and Distribution Center uses reusable containers to prevent waste and recycles undeliverable mail, paper, cardboard, bottles, cans, plastic film, pallets, and other materials, saving $200,000 per year.

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    Materials Reuse finds innovative uses for post-industrial materials being thrown away, sells the materials to other industries for reuse, and provide equipment such as balers, compactors, etc. at their customer sites to ensure reuse.
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    The ReUse People of Alameda County, Inc. provide salvaging services, deconstruction consulting, and reuse sales of building materials for the Bay Area, Los Angeles and San Diego. When they needed to expand transportation capabilities, The ReUse People received a loan to purchase additional trailers and a used bobtail truck.
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    Founded in 2011, The Sacred Wheel in Oakland sells cheeses and specialty foods, as well as sandwiches and soups, primarily from local, small business production. As the restaurant part of the business grew, so did the amount of trash from disposable service ware. Distressed to see so much material go to waste, the owners decided to switch to reusable dishes and utensils for food eaten at the café, and offer some items, such as straws, only on request.

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    America’s Best Coffee Roasting Company in Oakland specializes in artisan roasted coffees and specialty teas and distribute primarily throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. The company had already replaced cardboard boxes with reusable plastic crates when a mini-grant from StopWaste allowed them to purchase additional crates to expand their use of reusable transport packaging.

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    When StopWaste moved to a new office, staff wanted to avoid the mountain of cardboard waste typical of a traditional move. By choosing reusable moving crates they prevented 826 pounds of cardboard waste, cut back on labor, and improved the efficiency of the move.

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    Pepsico’s switch to more durable reusable pallets was cost-neutral, and brought numerous product protection, safety, and labor benefits to an Oakland bottling plant. View video

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    Peerless Coffee & Tea Company in Oakland purchased computerized packaging equipment to reduce expensive Mylar packaging waste, previously generated by their coffee bagging equipment. This waste prevention effort has resulted in savings of over $100,000 annually.

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