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SSC Achieves Silver At Inaugural BizCycle Awards

2013-06-06-

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Bellingham, WA — On May 2, 2013, Sanitary Service Company (SSC) was the recipient of a Silver Certification during the inaugural round of awards sponsored by the BizCycle Program of the Cascade Bicycle Club. Washington Governor and fellow bicyclist Jay Inslee presented the awards at the BizCycle Breakfast in Seattle. SSC joined other Washington businesses at the silver level, including CH2MHill, Starbucks, and the University of Washington-Seattle Campus.

BizCycle is based on the evidence that businesses and workplaces that encourage and support bicycling among their employees demonstrate improved employee health and financial performance.  A detailed 50-point checklist allows each business to measure their “bicycle friendly” rating against objective standards, which also point out areas where businesses can strive to improve their performance in the future.

The checklist has six prerequisites, which SSC and the other winners all met: 

  • adequate bike parking for employees and visitors
  • sponsorship of an annual bike event
  • bike specific messages sent to employees
  • measurement of  % of employees who bicycle to work
  • goal-setting for increased % of riders
  • community advocacy & planning around bicycling

SSC sponsored a station this year at the National Bike to Work & School Day, rallying neighborhood businesses to help staff the station, one of 61 stations hosting nearly 10,000 riders during their morning commute. Year-round, through rain and wind, Bellingham has 6% bicycle rideshare, just .2% behind Portland, OR, the highest in the nation!

Currently, 9% of SSC employees bicycle to work regularly, and our goal is to double that over the next two years. SSC has set a minimum of eight (8) bicycle commutes per month for an employee to qualify for participation and benefits.

SSC is also a Commute Trip Partner in the Whatcom Smart Trips program, an online tool to record alternative mode trips of all kinds, and educate the community on the multiple benefits which accrue.  SSC employees alone have avoided over 8,300 vehicle trips and 137,000 miles driven since joining the program in 2006. Employee bicycle commute trips totaled 3,622 -  over 30,000 miles on two wheels instead of four!

Other areas on the checklist where SSC received points include: “bicycle friendly” training for our recycling and garbage drivers, “Bicycle Friendly” decals on the back of every company vehicle, providing showers and lockers for employees, and financial incentives.  The latter includes quarterly drawings for gift cards and reimbursement of up to $20 per employee per month for bicycle commuting expenses through the federal tax deductible program to encourage bicycle commuting.

When providing waste evaluations for one of our customers, we always end recommendations for waste reduction, reuse, and recycling with this challenge: when you’ve set up the Three R’s, then it’s time to look at how your employees get to work. Now is the time to shift your thinking, shift gears, and re-Cycle

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About Sanitary Service Company (SSC)

Established in 1929, SSC is Whatcom County's largest recycling and garbage collection service provider, serving 45,000 + customers from Bellingham to Blaine and beyond. SSC was named the 2012 Green Business of the Year by the Bellingham/Whatcom Chamber and is a sustaining member of Sustainable Connections, a Toward Zero Waste Founding Pioneer, 100% Green Power Leader, 5-Star EnviroStar, BizCycle Silver bicycle-friendly business and Whatcom Smart Trips employer. For more info visit ssc-inc.com. Connect with us: Facebook/sscinc and Twitter @sscinctweets

 

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