For the Reporter
Several Kent-area facilities were among the 62 in the area to earn environmental awards from King County’s Industrial Waste Program for dedication to business practices that protected regional water quality in 2017.
Each year, the Industrial Waste Program, which operates as part of King County’s Wastewater Treatment Division, honors local facilities whose business practices contribute to regional pollution prevention goals.
Five facilities earned the Commitment-to-Compliance Award in 2017. To be qualified for the award, facilities must meet permit requirements every month for five consecutive years with zero violations. Two Kent companies – Aramark Uniform & Career Apparel LLC, and Protective Coatings Inc. – earned the honor.
Forty-one facilities earned Gold Awards for compliance with wastewater discharge regulations every month in 2017 with no violations, and 16 facilities earned Silver Awards for having no King County monitoring discharge violations in 2017.
Among the Gold Award winners from Kent were: Aramark Uniform & Career Apparel LLC; Burlington Environmental LLC; Esterline Hytek Finishes Co.; Protective Coatings Inc.; Qualawash Holdings LLC; Smith Brothers Farms Milk Plant; Starbucks Coffee Co., Kent flexline facility; and Vectra Fitness Inc.
Those with Silver Awards from Kent were: ConAgra Foods; Davis Wire Corp.; and Exotic Metals Forming Co.
Since 1969, the Industrial Waste Program has required industrial facilities to pretreat wastewater before discharging it into the sewer to protect the King County’s conveyance and treatment systems, its workers, as well as the environment and public health.
For more information about the King County Industrial Waste Program, visit www.kingcounty.gov/industrialwaste.