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Emerald Award Trophy for Environmental Business of the Year 2004ENVIRONMENTAL BUSINESS OF THE YEAR
City of Deerfield Beach, Public Works

Cheryl Miller, Recycling Specialist
210 Goolsby Blvd.
Deerfield Beach, FL 33442
(954) 480-4454
Fax: (954) 480-4393

Nature of business: City Recycling Division

  • Weekly bulk collection of yard waste to all residents
  • Weekly collection of government office paper, commingled cans and bottles
  • Collected more than 6,200 tons of residential recyclables during previous fiscal year
  • Green Seal Award given to Purchasing Department for buying recycled content sanitary paper products.
  • BSO crossing guard purchased 100% recycled vests for three consecutive years
  • Provide public education to residents on composting, provide free compost bins to participants
  • To encourage greater plastic bottle and aluminum can recycling, create five “out of the home” collection projects such as five foot simulated “coke bottle” collection bins at convenience stores
  • Only city in Broward County to provide special waste drop off center

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INNOVATIVE PROCEDURES/PROCESS IMPROVEMENT - Large Business (16 or more employees)

The Coral Springs Medical Center Team

The Coral Springs Medical Center Team accepts the Emerald Award Trophy for Innovative Procedures/Process Improvement from Commissioner Kristin Jacobs

Coral Springs Medical Center
Peter Dolan, Regional Manager/ Material and Environmental Services
3000 Coral Hills Drive
Coral Springs, FL 33065
(954) 344-3030
Fax: (954) 344-3042

Nature of business: hospital

  • Created a “Wasted Dollars Team” to reduce biohazard & chemo waste by 10%
  • Removed biomedical incinerator in 1995
  • Eliminated Ethylene Oxide gas sterilization in 1997
  • Radioisotopes delivered daily as needed
  • Reduced xylene use to one gallon per week for slide staining only
  • Use Pro-Par clearant (less toxic alternative) for slides
  • Use pre-filled tissue specimens to reduce formalin use and exposure from spills/hazards
  • Janitorial supplies are 3M metered, closed systems to eliminate spills and excessive use of chemicals
  • Mercury completely eliminated in all patient care, lab and pharmacy areas of hospital
  • Installed a radioactive alarm to monitor all trash leaving building
  • Have a P2 plan
  • Won H2E “Partner for Change” award in 2004
  • Utilize Stryker Neptune suction system in operating room and in Labor and Delivery which reduces waste disposal costs and risk of splashes
  • Recycle cardboard, HIPPA shredded paper, used oil, fluorescent light bulbs, heavy metals, batteries and solvents
  • Recycled more than 15% of solid waste last year
  • Reduced photochemical hazardous waste by 40% since 2000 by converting the x-ray machines to digital technology
  • Eliminated gluteraldehyde by substituting Cidex OPA.
  • Recycle printer cartridges
  • Use remanufactured printer cartridges
  • Use recycled paper for printing
  • Purchase toilet paper made of recycled paper
  • Implemented policy for handling six newly identified chemicals from pharmacy which were just listed as hazardous waste
  • In the future, they are investigating the use of alternative floor cleaners as approved by the EPA.

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POLLUTION PREVENTION/HAZARDOUS WASTE REDUCTION - Large Business (16 or more employees)

Patricia O'Rourke, left center, Dottie Mancini, right center, and Steve Fredrickson

Patricia O'Rourke, left center, Dottie Mancini, right center, and Steve Fredrickson, right, of Imperial Point Medical Center accept the Emerald Award Trophy for Pollution Prevention/Hazardous Waste Reduction from Commissioner Kristin Jacobs

Imperial Point Medical Center
Dottie Mancini, Administrator and CEO
6401 N. Federal Highway
Ft Lauderdale, FL 33308
(954) 776-8746
Fax: (954) 776-8848

Nature of business: hospital

  • Closed and removed incinerator in 1995
  • Eliminated Ethylene Oxide gas sterilization in 1997
  • Eliminated xylene use in 2004 by substituting less toxic Slide Brite
  • Boiler and chiller water treatment uses a metered system to eliminate spills
  • Radioisotopes delivered three times daily as needed to prevent radioactive wastes
  • Chemotherapy spills eliminated by unit dose vials and priming IV tubing in the pharmacy since 1998
  • Efficient lighting retrofitted
  • Water conservation monitoring system installed reduced campus irrigation by 50%
  • Decommissioned furniture and equipment sold in public auctions or donated
  • Office supply company measures the recycled products they purchase on a monthly customer performance summary (38%)
  • Use pre-filled tissue specimens to reduce formalin use and exposure
  • Janitorial supplies are 3M metered, closed systems to eliminate spills and excessive use of chemicals
  • Mercury eliminated in all patient care, lab and pharmacy areas of hospital. All blood pressure manometers were changed out to aneroid type and mercury ones were taken back by vendor
  • Recycle fluorescent light bulbs, heavy metals, paper, cardboard, used oil, batteries, electronics, toner cartridges and solvents
  • Recycle more than 12% of solid waste – 93 tons per year
  • Utilize Stryker Neptune suction system in operating room and in Labor and Delivery which reduces waste disposal costs and risk of splashes
  • Reduced photochemical hazardous waste by 42% since 2000 by converting to digital x-ray technology (will be all digital in 2005)
  • Eliminated Gluteraldehyde by substituting less toxic Cidex OPA and Steris system
  • Attained 48% reduction in biohazardous waste
  • Created “Waste Busters” Team which decreased waste disposal costs by $2,866, reduced biohazard waste by 48%, reduced photodeveloper and fixers by 42%
  • Became a H2E partner in 2003
  • Laundry is outsourced

POLLUTION PREVENTION/HAZARDOUS WASTE REDUCTION - Small Business (15 or fewer employees)

Lois Weiss, center, accepts the Emerald Award Trophy from Commissioners Kristin Jacobs, left, and Sue Gunzburger, right.

Lois Weiss, center, accepts the Emerald Award Trophy from Commissioners Kristin Jacobs, left, and Sue Gunzburger, right.

Preferred Automotive, Inc.
Frank Weiss, President
5935 West Park Road, Bays 3 & 4
Hollywood, FL 33021
(954) 989-8060
Fax: (954) 843-0363

Nature of business: vehicle maintenance

  • Facility uses multiple “closed loop” type systems to maximize the use of resources and minimize environmental and economic impact and hazardous waste generation such as:
  • AF3200 Antifreeze recycling system
  • T-Tech Pro transmission fluid exchange system
  • Clayton brake washer system
  • ChemFree water/enzyme based parts washer
  • Everco refrigerant R12 recycling system
  • SnapOn refrigerant R34 recycling system
  • The systems above are hooked up directly to the serviced equipment thus minimizing handling hazardous materials and impact to the environment

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RECYCLING - Large Business (16 or more employees)

Randy Velazquez, center, and Kyle Davis

Randy Velazquez, center, and Kyle Davis, right, of Publix, accept the Emerald Award Trophy for Recycling from Commissioner Kristin Jacobs.

Publix Distribution Center
Randy Velazquez, Facility Manager
777 SW 12 Avenue
Deerfield Beach, FL 33442
(954) 429-0122 extension 2420
Fax: (954) 363-3945

Nature of business: Refrigerated warehouse and manufacturing plant

Recycled the commodities listed below in past year:

  • Cardboard 1589.14 tons
  • Wax 333.58 tons
  • Plastic stretch 469.95 tons
  • Rigid plastic 276.47 tons
  • Pallets sold 6317.12 tons
  • Pallets repaired 15,769.83 tons
  • Produce crates 775 tons
  • Damaged produce 1365.22 tons
  • Waste oil 15.7 tons
  • Antifreeze 0.64 tons
  • Refrigerant 0.467 tons
  • Oil filters 5.4625 tons
  • Batteries 47.659 tons
  • Scrap metal 10 tons
  • Tires 12.1625 tons
  • Glossy paper 7.41 tons
  • Newspaper 11.93 tons
  • Wood 22.91 tons
  • Aluminum cans 1.78 tons
  • Drums 5.89 tons
  • Total solid waste recycled: 27,038.321 tons

GREEN PRODUCTS AND PRACTICES - Large Business
(16 or more employees)

Wild Oats Market

2501 E. Sunrise Blvd
Ft Lauderdale, FL 33304
(954) 566-9333
Fax: (954) 566-7743
Cindy Grayson, Community Marketing Coordinator, receives the Emerald Award Trophy for Green Products and Practices from Commissioner Kristin Jacobs

Cindy Grayson,  Community Marketing Coordinator,

Nature of business: supermarket and restaurant

  • Recycles cardboard, aluminum cans, paper (amounts not provided)
  • Corntainers are plastic containers made from corn that is compostable
  • Offer customers a five cent discount per bag on groceries if they re-use their plastic bags
  • Old vitamins are donated to charity
  • Old meat and vegetables are donated to a non-profit
  • Wild Oats only sells fish caught on hook and line and educates customers on this practice
  • All plastic bags are made from recycled materials
  • Wild Oats promotes purchasing green products
  • They promote community and ecological services to their employees by paying the employees for the hours they volunteer
  • Retailer of green products
  • Some products proceeds help endangered species (candy bars)
  • Donated 2000 recycled bags for the Second Annual Water Matters Day event
  • Provided customers with seeds, soil and pots for Earth Day 2004
  • Provides Fair Trade coffee and bananas to customers. Fair Trade deals directly with farm cooperatives to avoid brokers and intermediaries to guarantee higher prices for farmer's goods.

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