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Green Hills Farms is the retail recycler of the year

What does it take to be named a business Recycler of the Year? To even be considered a contender for Recycler of the Year, a business must meet stringent criteria set forth by OCRRA's Blue Ribbon Recycler Program (BRR).

BRR applicants are separated into eight industry categories, each having their own set of requirements.

Categories:

Business - General

Business - Manufacturing

Business - Retail

Education

Food Service

Government

Medical and Healthcare

Tourism and Leisure

For example, the Medical and Healthcare category requires applicants to recycle their batteries and fluorescent bulbs and purchase copy paper containing at least 30% recycled content, amongst other things.

A point system was developed and site visits arranged so OCRRA could score the top BRRs in each category. Recyclers of the Year were then selected based on prowess in their industry category.

OCRRA recognized the 2010 Recyclers of the Year on Wednesday, March 2 at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo. The eight plaques being awarded are made of recycled glass (of course).

A hearty congratulations goes out to:

CDM (Business - General)

Jadak LLC (Business - Manufacturing)

Green Hills Market (Business - Retail)

SUNY Empire State College (Education)

OCWA (Government)

Liverpool Village Animal Hospital (Medical and Healthcare)

Sheraton Syracuse University Hotel (Tourism and Leisure)

Diamond Catering (Food Service)

Green Hills Market, the Retail Recycler of the Year recipient, feels their environmental efforts have had dual impact. Green Hills Market Vice-President Heather Hawkins notes, "We have reduced our trash costs and we have peace of mind that we are doing the right thing."

Interested in becoming a 2011 Recycler of the Year? Apply for Blue Ribbon Recycler certification today. Visit www.blueribbonrecycler.com

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