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Twenty local organizations were recognized for their outstanding waste reduction and recycling practices at the Fifth Annual Recycling Awards on Wednesday.

Napa Mayor Jill Techel presented awards to city organizations while Supervisor Keith Caldwell presented to county recipients.

To win a city award, nominees were surveyed to learn how much non-recyclable trash was in their recycling bins as well as the reverse.

Merryvale Starmont was recognized as a repeat winner for its 99 percent diversion rate achieved through its significant recycling and composting efforts.

Each recipient received an award made from recycled glass and certificates from Congressman Mike Thompson, State Sen. Noreen Evans and State Assembly Member Michael Allen.

Napa also awarded their outstanding recyclers with a total of $8,000 in cash awards. Funding for the prizes comes from Napa Recycling and Waste Services as part of its contract with the city.

South County award winners were selected on the basis of waste reduction and recycling efforts specific to their business operations. For example, Portocork America reduced its trash service by half in 2010 through its recycling and food composting programs.

Portocork America, also a repeat winner, improved its landfill diversion rate from 67 percent to 81 percent.

City Award Recipients Businesses:

• Napa Valley Register

• Central Valley Builders Supply

• Community Resources for Children

• Whole Foods Market

• Napa Valley Wine Train Culinary Center

• Merryvale Starmont

Multi-Family Complexes:

• Olive Tree Apartments

• Vintage at Napa

Schools:

• Napa Valley Language Academy

• Shearer Elementary

• McPherson Elementary

• Oxbow School

South County Award Recipients

• Skyline Wilderness Park

• Clos Du Val

• Tulocay & Co.

• Bistro Don Giovanni

• Jessel Gallery

• Portocork America

• Napa Valley Unified School District

• Napa Valley Museum

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