Susan Buckley, RN, Director, Public Health
Ira Singh, MPH, Deputy Director
Donald I. Baird, MD, Health Officer

Division of Environmental Health


Date Released: 7/14/2005
Subject: The California Resource Recovery Association (CRRA) 2005 Statewide Awards
Contact: Recycling Coordinator, Louise Jeffrey
Phone: (707) 445-6215

News Release

Sacramento, CA – The California Resource Recovery Association presented their 2005 statewide awards Tuesday, July 13 during their annual conference in Los Angeles. Whether it was through education, waste prevention, reuse, decomposition, recycling programs, “closing the loop” with recycled product procurement/manufacturing or shooting for “zero waste”, it is clear that “LESS IS MORE” for these award winners.

Two of the twelve award winners were Humboldt County businesses: Footprint Recycling, Arcata, for Outstanding Commitment to “Closing the Loop” and Pacific Builders, also in Arcata, in Outstanding Construction and Demolition Debris Diversion Program. Other award winners include the outstanding achievement recognition presented to Gary Liss, Recycler of the Year; City of Burbank Recycle Center, Outstanding HHW/E-/U-Waste Program; American Honda Motor Corporation – Torrance, Outstanding Waste Prevention Program; California BioMass – Victorville/Thermal, Outstanding Organics Recycling Program; County of Santa Cruz, Outstanding School Recycling Program; Pavitra Crimmel – Sonoma, Posthumous Outstanding Lifetime Achievement Award for Reuse; The SBM Group – McClellan, Outstanding Recycling Program; and the Del Mar Fairgrounds, Outstanding Zero Waste Achievement. Additionally, Mr. Darryl Young and Mr. Mike Paparian each received the Rick Best Award for Environmental Advocacy Achievement and the San Francisco Department of the Environment received the CRRA Award for Service.

According to Judi Gregory, CRRA President, the award categories were deep and quite impressive this year. “We were pleased to see a broad spectrum of award winners from local government, state agencies, major corporations, individuals and small private businesses. It really shows that everyone across all sectors is doing their part to help California achieve their 50% waste diversion goal.” In 1990 California passed Assembly Bill 939, mandating all cities and counties to divert 50% of their waste from landfills.

The California Resource Recovery Association (CRRA) is the largest and oldest affiliate recycling organization in the country. Founded in 1974, CRRA is a dynamic non-profit organization dedicated to resource conservation through the practices of reuse, recycling and composting. Working to expand markets for recycled materials and promoting sustainable materials policies, CRRA is a clearinghouse for information, innovation, industry and governmental initiatives. CRRA is the premier organization for linking like-minded individuals from every facet of industry – nonprofits, waste haulers, recyclers, state, federal and local government officials, recycled product manufactures and many others all convene under the CRRA umbrella.

Contact Footprint Recycling at 826-2606 regarding their wonderful ‘closing the loop’ efforts.
Contact Pacific Builders at 822-7720 regarding their great construction & demolition waste reduction efforts.
Contact Judi Gregory, CRRA President, 626-339-9555, for additional details regarding CRRA.
Contact Louise Jeffrey, Waste Reduction Coordinator, at 268-2225 for additional tips on how to reduce your waste where you live, work, and play.


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