EPA recognizes national 2020 and 2021 WasteWise Award winners for innovations in waste reduction, saving over US$22.5M in avoided landfill costs, preventing emissions; winners include Kohl's, Mohegan Tribe, Central Michigan University, Walgreens

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WASHINGTON , January 28, 2022 (press release) –

National award winners for 2020 and 2021 prevented and diverted close to 408,000 tons of waste that would otherwise be disposed of in landfills or incinerators, contributing to climate change. Instead, they saved over $22.5 million in avoided landfill costs and prevented emissions that contribute to climate change and other environmental impacts. 

“Innovation, courage, and knowledge to overcome pandemic-related challenges are the cornerstones of the WasteWise award winners,” said EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan. “Their actions to creatively develop and implement solutions to reduce waste during a global health crisis contributed to reducing the pollution that’s fueling climate change, while helping conserve natural resources.”  

As one of EPA’s longest-running voluntary programs, WasteWise celebrated its 27th year in 2021. Over the years, WasteWise partners prevented and diverted close to 249 million tons of waste from landfills and incinerators, preventing more than 488 million tons of associated greenhouse gas emissions, and saving over $13.7 billion in avoided landfill costs. 

EPA recognizes WasteWise partners in several data categories that report the best overall improvement in waste prevention and recycling activities when compared to the previous year. This year, EPA also recognizes winners in narrative categories that achieved exemplary waste reductions in their organizations and businesses. 

The WasteWise award winners achieved noteworthy accomplishments, such as reprocessing N95 respirators, implementing Sustainable Purchasing Guidelines at a university, and reusing shipping containers for return trips to avoid waste. 

The 2020 WasteWise national data winners are: 

Very Large Business Category 

Partner of the Year: Kohl’s (Menomonee Falls, Wis.) 
Large Business Category 

Partner of the Year: Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation (Gaffney, S.C.) 
Mid-size Business Category 

Partner of the Year: iThink Financial Amphitheatre (West Palm Beach, Fla.) 
Honorable Mention: Live Nation - PNC Music Pavilion (Charlotte, N.C.) 
Small Business Category 

Partner of the Year: Ombligo, Inc. (Brooklyn, N.Y.) 
College/University Category 

Partner of the Year: Central Michigan University (Mount Pleasant, Mich.) 
Local Government Category 

Partner of the Year: City of Chesapeake Central Fleet Management (Chesapeake, Va.) 
Non-profit Organization Category 

Partner of the Year: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (Boston) 
School/School District Category 

Partner of the Year: Adams 12 Five Star Schools (Thornton, Colo.) 

The 2021 WasteWise national data winners are: 

Very Large Business Category 

Partner of the Year: Walgreens Boots Alliance (Deerfield, Ill.) 
Large Business Category 

Partner of the Year: Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation (Gaffney, S.C.) 
Honorable Mention:  ComEd (Oakbrook Terrace, Ill.) 
Small Business Category 

Partner of the Year: ECOS (Lacey, Wash.) 
State Government Category 

Partner of the Year: Delaware River and Bay Authority (New Castle, Del.) 
Local Government Category 

Partner of the Year: City of Fort Lauderdale (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) 
Tribal Government Category 

Partner of the Year: Mohegan Tribe of Indians of Connecticut (Uncasville, Conn.) 
Non-profit Organization Category 

Partner of the Year: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (Boston) 

The 2021 WasteWise national narrative winners are: 

Green Innovator: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (Boston) 

Sustainability Public Education: Central Michigan University (Mount Pleasant, Mich.) 

America Recycles: Daikin Texas Technology Park (Waller, Texas) 

More information about each winner is available at: https://www.epa.gov/smm/wastewise#AwardsandAwardWinners

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