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Kent names Torklift Central 2012 Green Business of the Year

The city of Kent chose Torklift Central as the 2012 Green Business of the Year. - COURTESY PHOTO
The city of Kent chose Torklift Central as the 2012 Green Business of the Year.
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Torklift Central received the city's award for the 2012 Kent Green Business of the Year.

Company officials will accept the award at the Nov. 20 Kent City Council meeting.

“The city of Kent looks for businesses that have a strong recycling rate, buys recycled materials and reduces recycled products,” said Wilder Environmental Consulting president Sam Wilder. “Torklift Central has displayed all of the above.”

Over the past couple years; Torklift Central has been improving their facility to become a more environmentally responsible business, according to a company media release.

“To achieve this award we really turned the house upside down,” said Torklift Central general manager Matt Lynch. “We retrofitted the lighting to more economical lights, produced recycled and recyclable products, produced products geared toward green vehicles that are made out of 85 percent recycled materials and have created a hefty recycling program throughout our organization.”

To be nominated for Kent Green Business of the Year, a company must demonstrate six waste prevention activities. Recycle at least sixty percent of solid waste, use at least six recycled products, and conduct at least two activities that involve employees, customers, suppliers and/or the general public in preventing waste, recycling and using recycled products.

Torklift Central prevents waste by reducing unwanted mail, makes double-sided copies, reuses packaging materials and office supplies, purchases in bulk, circulates or posts one copy of memos and reports, and uses durable, reusable and rechargeable products.

The business uses recycled products like cardboard boxes, garbage bags, toilet paper, presentation folders, wood pallets, steel, aluminum and copper wire. Torklift Central recycles pallets, oils, CFL Tubes, batteries, paper, metals and wood debris.

Kent Green Businesses of the Year

2012 - Torklift Central

2011 - Applus

2010 - REI

2009 - The Boeing Company

2008 - REI

2007 - REI

2006 - Worldwide Distributors

2005 - Emerald City Graphics

2004 - Staples Store #1357

2003 - Mikron Industries

2002 - Panasonic Services Company

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