SSC Achieves 5 Star EnviroStars Rank
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Paul Razore, Co-Owner
Sanitary Service Company
SSC Achieves 5 –STAR ENVIROSTARS Ranking
BELLINGHAM, WA. – Sanitary Service Company (SSC), the 2006 Washington State Recycler of the Year, recently achieved a 5-star rank from the Whatcom County EnviroStars program. SSC earned 5 EnviroStars, the highest rating possible, for their leadership activities in reduction of both hazardous and non-hazardous solid wastes, and for their sustainable business practices. The award was presented last month by Penni Lemperes, Whatcom County Solid Waste Specialist and Alice Cords, local EnviroStars Coordinator, at the company headquarters on Roeder Avenue in Bellingham. SSC is the first garbage and recycling collection company in Washington to be included in the EnviroStars program.
Lemperes said SSC has placed a strong emphasis on fleet maintenance and driver training to reduce spills, leaks and emissions from company vehicles. “SSC has pioneered the commercial use of bio-diesel in Whatcom County fleets, a move which has resulted in decreased diesel emissions from their fleet of 60 vehicles and greater availability of biodiesel fuel in the local area,” said Lemperes. Cords noted the recent purchase of an oil filter crusher which allows SSC to recycle over 500 oil filters each year as scrap metal, and remove and recycle over 300 gallons of additional waste oil per year from the spent filters.
As a part of the certification process, SSC completed a comprehensive review of all toxic shop products in use and was able to switch 12 products to less hazardous or non-toxic alternatives. According to SSC Recycling Manager Rodd Pemble, the company evaluates all waste materials generated by the company and their customers for recyclability. “Based on that on-going evaluation, we have been able to develop new recycling programs for plastics, wood and compostables,” said Pemble.
The company is also helping to educate its customers on proper disposal of hazardous waste through their website, reader board, flyers and descriptive dumpster decals. SSC supports and sponsors many educational activities and waste reduction programs including Washington Recycles Day, the Sustainable Connections Green Building Program and Green Power initiative, and the annual Bike to Work & School Day. For questions or more information call (360) 734-3490 or visit www.ssc-inc.com.
About Sanitary Service Company, Inc.
SSC, Inc. is Whatcom County’s largest recycling and waste collection company. Established in 1929, SSC is locally-owned and family-operated, and serves over 40,000 residential and commercial customers in Whatcom County. For more information, visit www.ssc-inc.com.