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StopWaste Business Efficiency Awards

As part of its annual Business Efficiency Awards, StopWaste is recognizing four Alameda County businesses for their efforts in upstream waste prevention through reuse, recycling, composting, and food waste prevention. Their leadership this year is particularly exemplary given the operational challenges they faced during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Congratulations 2020 Award Winners!

The 2020 Business Efficiency Awards will be presented on Wednesday, December 16, 2020, as part of the Alameda County Waste Management Authority Board meeting.  Please join us Wednesday, December 16 at 3 p.m. via this Zoom link (meeting ID 892 0955 2003). Please note, we will begin the awards presentation after a few regular Board agenda items. The awards portion will last about 30 minutes and include highlights of each recipient’s accomplishments.


2020 Awardee Highlights: 
 

Surplus Service – Fremont

Excellence in Waste Reduction & Reuse

A leader in e-waste management, Surplus Service repairs and remarkets 85 percent of the electronic products they receive that would otherwise go to waste. With the support of previous StopWaste grants, they have refurbished and resold over 50 tons of monitors. They are also ISO 14001/45001 and R2 certified, the electronics recycling industry's leading certification.They also run a training program for underserved participants in federal detention facilities to equip them with the skills and experience to successfully re-enter the work force.

First Street Alehouse – Livermore

Excellence in Recycling & Composting

This beloved bar and restaurant was one of the first businesses to sign up for the city’s organics collection program and has consistently kept well over 80 percent of their discards out of the landfill ever since. The kitchen setup makes proper sorting easy, while good signage and training keeps customers and staff on track.

Alameda and Castro Valley Natural Grocers

Excellence in Waste Reduction and Reuse

Alameda and Castro Valley Natural Grocers prevent edible food from going to waste by incorporating leftover whole foods into prepared foods, and giving their employees first pick of items that can no longer be sold. They also offer bulk filling stations and incentivize reusable food ware for on-site dining in non-pandemic times.

Claremont Hotel Club & Spa – Berkeley/Oakland

Excellence in Food Waste Reduction

Claremont Hotel Club & Spa has been tracking pre-consumer food waste since 2018 as part of StopWaste’s Smart Kitchen Initiative. Since the tracking began, they have reduced their food waste by 64 percent, saving the equivalent of 44,000 pounds of food. Their ongoing food waste reduction efforts also includes donation of surplus prepared food to hunger relief organizations.

 


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

2019

2018

2017

2016

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

2014

  • 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)

2013

  • 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

2011

  • 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

2010

  • 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

2009

  • 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

2008

  • 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

2007

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

2006

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

2005

  • 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

2004

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

2003

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

2002

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

2001

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

2000

  • 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