SEATTLE, WA – (August 24, 2011) –This week the Solid Waste Association of North America awarded CleanScapes both a Silver and Bronze Excellence Award at their National Conference in Nashville Tennessee. The silver award was granted in recognition of CleanScapes bike recycling program and the bronze award was for CleanScapes Neighborhood Reduction Rewards programs.
CleanScapes launched their bicycle recycling program in June of 2010 – placing the first collection station at Seattle’s North Transfer Station. Since the inception of the program, collection stations have expanded to Seattle’s South Transfer Station and King County’s Shoreline Transfer Station, and CleanScapes and their partner Bike Works have recycled over 2,000 bikes.
“Bike Works is a natural program partner for us and we are happy to support their local programs and international partnerships through the donated bicycles we collect,” says Chris Martin, CleanScapes founder and president. The influx of bikes has been an opportunity for Bike Works to expand the number of bikes available for their youth Earn-a-Bike and Kids Bike Swap programs, the Bike Works community Bike Shop -- an affordable resale store that funds their programs, as well as two bicycle aid programs that redistribute bicycles to Africa.
CleanScapes received a Bronze Excellence Award from SWANA for their Neighborhood Waste Reduction Rewards program, which tracks the waste generated by neighborhoods and rewards the collection area that reduces their overall waste the most with a community development project. Since the program started CleanScapes has granted awards for new benches, information kiosks, sidewalk inscriptions, and way-finding signs. CleanScapes is currently reviewing submissions for this year’s awards in Seattle and Shoreline, WA.
“We really appreciate SWANA’s recognition of this program, and helping us to shine a light on the importance of overall waste reduction. Recycling is great, but as a company we want to shift the emphasis onto the importance of reducing and reusing, before we recycle,” said Chris Martin.
SWANA grants excellence awards each year at their national WASTCON conference. This is the first time CleanScapes has won an Excellence Award.
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CleanScapes was founded in Seattle, Washington in 1997, and provides sustainable solid waste and recycling collection and comprehensive StreetScapes management services to municipalities, commercial properties, business improvement districts and stadiums in Washington, Oregon and California.
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