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Shaw facilities win Waste Reduction Award -- again

Dalton, Ga. – For the fifth consecutive year, four California-based Shaw facilities have earned recognition from the CalRecycle’s  Waste Reduction Award Program (WRAP).

Formerly the California Integrated Waste Management Board, CalRecycle has administered the WRAP awards for the past 17 years to companies achieving successful waste-to-landfill reduction initiatives.

 “A healthy business community is indispensable to our economy, and the steps these WRAP winners have taken toward resource management, recycling, and waste reduction are impressive,” said Margo Reid Brown, director of CalRecycle. “All these businesses have managed to make their bottom line greener while helping preserve our environment.”

The four Shaw facilities honored manufacture products for the company’s Patcraft Designweave and Tuftex brands. Two of these facilities were also recently earned “Zero Waste to Landfill” status.

The facilities’ ongoing waste reduction efforts have played “a vital role” in the company’s progress towards an overall corporate waste to landfill reduction goal, and it demonstrates the value of Shaw’s participation in public-private partnerships such as CalRecycle and EPA’s WasteWise, said Rick Ramirez, vp, sustainability.

“Shaw’s corporate goal is to reduce waste to landfill by 90% by yearend 2011, with the overall objective being zero waste to landfill for our entire organization,” Ramirez said. “The waste reduction initiatives implemented by our California facilities continue to serve as a model of best practices for other facilities within our organization as well as for manufacturers in other industries looking to successfully reduce – or eliminate – their waste to landfill.”

The four winning Shaw facilities have diverted approximately 10 million pounds of waste from landfills in a year, saving $1,736,541 through decreased landfill costs, waste reduction and reuse in the process, claimed Bill Woyshner, Tuftex-brand environmental and risk manager.

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