Monday, July 6, 2009

EPA Awards StopWaste $35,000 to Promote Reusable Packaging

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded $35,000 to Oakland, California-based StopWaste.Org to expand their "Use Reusables" campaign, which teaches businesses how to reduce costs and improve their environmental performance by replacing limited-use pallets, boxes, and other transport packaging materials with durable, reusable alternatives.

The EPA grant enables StopWaste.Org to partner with agencies around the Bay Area to bring the campaign’s core element — a free, 3-hour, hands-on training workshop — to their communities. The grant was awarded through the EPA’s competitive program for innovative solid waste reduction projects.

The first workshop open to all Bay Area businesses takes place on Thursday, July 9, from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm at the GreenV Sustainable Center, 1 Chestnut Avenue in South San Francisco. For this event, the "Use Reusables" campaign is partnering with co-sponsor and workshop host, San Mateo County RecycleWorks, a program of San Mateo County’s Public Works Department that provides resources to promote environmentally responsible practices.

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