Kenworth plant receives award for environmental efforts

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KIRKLAND, Wash. — Kenworth’s manufacturing plant in Renton, Wash. has been awarded for its outstanding efforts to reduce, reuse and recycle. King County’s Solid Waste Division recently awarded the Kenworth-Renton plant with the 2009 Best Workplace for Recycling and Waste Reduction Award.
“Kenworth is honoured to receive this prestigious King County environmental award,” said Marilyn Santangelo, Kenworth assistant general manager for operations. “The Kenworth Renton plant is committed to waste reduction, conserving natural resources, and protecting the environment.”
“This award recognizes the diligent efforts of employees to reduce, reuse and recycle,” added Reid Nabarrete, Kenworth-Renton plant manager. “Our environmental program is of special importance, and it is especially gratifying to receive this award for our significant accomplishments.”
The plant’s latest key initiatives include implementation of an on-site vehicle no-idle policy, and establishment of a Zero Waste to Landfill goal. To date, Kenworth-Renton’s recycling efforts have resulted in nearly 80% of all material being diverted away from landfills, the company reports. Kenworth officials attribute their recent environmental success to strategic positioning of recycle bins throughout the plant, use of returnable shipping containers, reduction in packaging material, and segregation of waste streams. Kenworth-Renton also implemented food waste composting in its cafeteria, and sends waste to Cedar Grove Composting in Renton for recycling into usable compost.
This past spring, the Kenworth plant in Renton was honoured by the King County Industrial Waste Program with the county’s Commitment-to-Compliance Award for five consecutive years of outstanding compliance with the plant’s industrial wastewater discharge permit. It marked the plant’s second consecutive Commitment-to-Compliance award, which represents 10 consecutive years of no wastewater violations of any kind covering discharge, permit, ordinance, reporting, self-monitoring, and King County monitoring.

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