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Phone: 360.337.4598


Date: November 13, 2012

Chris Piercy, Kitsap County’s Recycling Coordinator
360-337-4898 or

No: 2012-112

Businesses Cut Waste Through
Waste Wise @ Work program

(Port Orchard, WA) – In July, Kitsap County’s Solid Waste Division rolled out a new program to recognize local businesses doing their part to reduce waste and increase recycling. Since that initial launch, the Kitsap County Waste Wise @ Work Program has helped dozens of Kitsap businesses lessen their load on the landfill and the environment.

Since August, representatives from the Solid Waste Division have conducted over 50 technical assistance visits with local businesses and provided them with on-site assessments, desk-side recycling containers, and a toolkit of resources to help them get started recycling. Many businesses that reduce waste, or begin recycling, report downsizing their garbage and saving money on both disposal and purchasing.

In addition to providing onsite help, the County also started a certification program for businesses that practice waste reduction strategies, and recycle at least 40% of the waste they generate.

Says Christopher Piercy, County Recycling Coordinator and project manager for the program, “Twenty-three businesses have been certified so far, and the list continues to grow. “Certified businesses receive a window cling with the program logo that says, “We Recycle”, a certificate, and a mention on the Waste Wise @ Work webpage and in the semi-annual Waste Wise @ Work newsletter.

The first newsletter, in the November edition of the Kitsap Peninsula Business Journal, highlights the Bremerton Tennis and Athletic Club (BTAC) and their efforts to transition to a more environmentally friendly business. Since partnering with the Waste Wise @ Work program, BTAC has increased their recycling rate from nearly zero to over 40%. In addition, they now purchase more products made from recycled materials, and have made major strides to conserve energy. It’s an inspiring story of how some minor changes in your business operation can make a real difference.

Will your business be the next featured recycling success story in the Waste Wise @ Work newsletter? Contact Christopher Piercy at 360-337-4898 or to get started. Businesses can also schedule an onsite visit or complete the membership application form at


Related links:

Kitsap Peninsula Business Journal:

Waste Wise @ Work Website: www.kitsapgov,com/sw/ww.htm.


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Last Updated:  May 27, 2014