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Wipe Out Waste Ambassador News​


The 2014 Wipe Out Waste Ambassador Awards Banquet is set for October 23rd at The Foundation for the Carolinas.

Wipe Out Waste Ambassador LogoThe 2013 Wipe Out Waste Ambassador Awards Banquet was October 22nd! 

Whole Foods Market Shares Insights into their Recycling and Composing Programs

Guests Learn how to Implement a Successful Recycling Program at Ambassador Luncheon

We are excited to announce that the 2014 Wipe Out Waste Ambassador Awards Banquet will take place on October 23rd, 2014 from 11:30am-1:00pm at The Foundation for the Carolinas (220 N. Tryon St. Charlotte, NC). To nominate a business in Mecklenburg County for an award, fill out the following application form. All nominations must be submitted by September 12th. For additional information, contact Ryan Johnson at 704-432-0400 or

Last year, Mecklenburg County's Wipe Out Waste Ambassador Awards Banquet was a huge success! There were more than 150 people in attendance and some truly outstanding waste reduction and recycling programs were highlighted. The winners were:

  • Sustainable Small Business of the year: Joey's Truck Repair
  • Outstanding Multi-Family Sustainability Program: The Links at Citiside Apartment Homes
  • Commercial Drop-Off Center of the Year: The Orange Olive Hair Gallery
  • Outstanding Construction Recycling Program: Habitat for Humanity of Charlotte
  • Sustainable Recycling Service Provider of the Year - Earth Farms Organics
  • Outstanding Waste Reduction & Recycling Program - Whole Foods Market

Click here to read more about these impressive programs. Photos from the event can also be found on the County's flickr account.

A big thank you to our sponsors:

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Whole Foods Market Shares Insights into their Recycling and Composting Programs

Guests at the most recent Wipe Out Waste Ambassador Luncheon on June 5th got to hear a joint Presentation from Whole Foods Market and Earth Farms on how Whole Foods has reduced their environmental footprint through recycling, composting, sourcing food locally and utilizing food donations. After the presentation, attendees were also invited to enjoy a tour of the local grocery store as well as a delicious lunch of their choice from Whole Foods!

Check out more great photos on our facebook page!

Guests Learn how to Implement a Successful Recycling Program at Ambassador Luncheon

One of the keys to implementing a successful recycling program is involving your janitorial team, along with your employees, hauler and anyone else that touches the program. On March 26th at the Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge, our five-member panel from the Ally Center talked about how they have done just that at the latest Wipe Out Waste Ambassador Luncheon. Heather Thompson and Lauren Green from Trinity Partners represented both the owner and property manager's perspectives; Kate Devine from UMC discussed the integral role janitorial staff play in the process; Audri Baker with HDR presented the tenant's point-of-view; and Robin Turner with O'Leary Group Waste Systems spoke from the waste and recycling hauler's outlook. The 65 attendees thoroughly enjoyed both the Presentation and the beautiful venue! A special thanks to the Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge for sponsoring the event.
 Luncheon Panel Luncheon Attendees

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