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OSD NEWS: City of Portland’s Business Recycling Program Reveals New Name, Award Criteria

October 10, 2007
CONTACT:  Christine Llobregat, OSD, 503-823-7007
City of Portland’s Business Recycling Program Reveals New Name, Award Criteria
Businesses in Portland are going above and beyond City recycling requirements to earn recognition
The City of Portland’s BlueWorks business recycling program, operated by the Office of Sustainable Development (OSD), is adopting a new name: Recycle at Work.  The new program name aligns more closely with OSD’s participation in Metro’s regional Recycle at Work program. The program provides free resources and assistance to over 500 businesses each year; helping them to recycle, prevent waste and purchase sustainable products. 
“Taking part in the Recycle at Work program has not only made us feel like we're doing our share, it's opened a lot of doors for us to like-minded companies. Recycle at Work works for us,” offers Grapheon Design Creative Director Matt Giraud.
Grapheon is one of nearly 200 Portland businesses that have received an award for exceeding Portland’s recycling requirement. Portland’s Recycle at Work program will now recognize those outstanding waste prevention practices in the workplace with the RecycleWorks award. With the new award, the program has upped the ante with new award criteria.
“Businesses have consistently proved to us that they are ready to take on more when it comes to sustainability,” says Recycle at Work Program Coordinator Megan Stein.
Businesses earn the award by:
·          having a stellar recycling program, including education and opportunities for the public to recycle;
·          engaging in seven waste prevention activities including paper reduction;
·          putting a purchasing policy in place to give preference to sustainable products, and purchase at least five items (including paper with 30 percent post-consumer, recycled-content;
·          stating the percent recycled-content on all printed promotional materials; and
·          going beyond with at least one other sustainable activity such as providing a subsidy for employees using alternative transportation.

“While the name has changed, OSD’s business recycling technical assistance team will continue to offer their same high standard of customer service to Portland’s businesses,” reminds Stein. 
Visit the updated Recycle at Work Web site at for newly designed program materials, a list of RecycleWorks award winners and information about how to start a business recycling program.
About the City of Portland Office of Sustainable Development
Founded in 2000, the City of Portland Office of Sustainable Development (OSD) brings together community partners to promote a healthy and prosperous future for Portland.  OSD advances improvements and innovation in reducing global warming emissions, energy efficiency and renewable energy, biofuels, waste reduction and recycling, sustainable economic development, sustainable food systems and green building practices.