|What does Eastman
Kodak have in common with the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla
Indian Reservation? Or Walt Disney World with Sandia National
Laboratories? Each of them, along with 54 other organizations,
were recognized at an awards ceremony in the nations capital
for their extraordinary accomplishments in reducing waste.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agencys (EPAs) WasteWise
program unites more than 1,160 businesses, government agencies and
institutions in an effort to reduce waste. This program is free,
voluntary and fosters cooperation among people working to find practical
methods to reduce municipal solid waste and improve financial performance.
Each year, the EPA formally recognizes those partners that achieve
significant waste reduction results through their WasteWise programs
at an awards ceremony, which was held at the Omni Shoreham Hotel
in Washington, DC, on November 14, 2001. Administrator Christie
Whitman kicked off the ceremony and formally recognized the partners
being honored. The 19 organizations named as Partners of the Year
conducted exceptional waste prevention programs while also demonstrating
excellence and innovation in recycling collection, buying or manufacturing
recycled-content products, and internal and external promotion.
WasteWise also honored 39 Program Champions that made waste reduction