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Martinez Eco Awards Recipients

Nov 28, 2016 07:06PM ● By Jennifer Neys

Martinez Mayor Rob Schroder and city council members with 2016 Eco Award winners, including Steven J. Grubka, Martinez Top Point Earner of the 2015-16 Cool California Challenge.

To encourage businesses to use sustainable business practices, Republic Services along with the City of Martinez presented their 2016 Eco Awards to top achievers. The winners were recognized at the November 2 city council meeting. They included: Loaves and Fishes of Contra Costa, Barrelista Coffee House, and John Swett Elementary School. All of the winners recorded having more recycling collected than trash on a weekly basis, embraced Republic’s suggested food waste program, and followed the Reduce-Reuse-Recycle principals.

Marie Knutson, Republic Services’ recycling coordinator for Martinez, presented the awards and said, “I’m excited to honor these people that are doing so much for sustainability and for the environment.” She went on to say that 1st place winner, Loaves and Fishes, “has doubled the amount of recycling going out as they do in trash.” Since 1983, Loaves and Fishes has served over 4.4 million meals to many thousands of hungry people throughout Contra Costa County. 

The “green team” students at John Swett Elementary attended the awards presentation, and Knudsen acknowledged their recycling efforts by saying, “This school is a trendsetter in its education of food waste and recycling practices, and I want to thank them for inspiring the youth to embrace all of this sustainability.”



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