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How King County businesses help protect public health & the environment through our Industrial Waste program

By May 2, 2022June 13th, 2023No Comments
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Best management practices, such as cleaning up spills and debris, is one thing that a company can do to prevent pollutants from entering the regional wastewater system

Staff at our King County wastewater treatment plants do an excellent job of cleaning wastewater, but not all types of waste can be filtered out during the treatment process. Our Industrial Waste Program is in charge of preventing pollution from entering the wastewater system in the first place.

That’s also where local business can make a difference. By making sure that they only send wastewater to the County system that meets the standards set to protect the environment, businesses play a big role in keeping our waterways clean.

Clean Water Awards recognize businesses for their efforts

Every year, King County’s Industrial Waste Program recognizes industrial wastewater dischargers that meet or exceed their wastewater discharge permit requirements with Gold, Silver, and Commitment to Compliance awards. These award winners are recognized for their work to help protect public health and the environment by controlling the discharge of harmful substances, preventing damage to our wastewater treatment infrastructure, and maintaining the quality of our recycled resources.

This year, 57 local facilities earned environmental awards for their dedication to business practices that protected regional water quality in 2021. The 37 gold, 20 silver, and 2 Commitment to Compliance awards earned last year recognize business efforts to protect communities, the environment, and the economy in our region. Visit our rewards and recognition program website to learn more about the criteria for the awards.

2021 Winners

Congratulations to these two facilities for receiving Gold Awards for five consecutive years (these awards are given on a 5-year rolling basis):

  • Boeing Commercial Airplane – North Field
  • Phillips 66 Company – Renton Terminal

Thanks to our 2021 Gold Award recipients for working with our Industrial Waste Program to protect public health and enhance the environment:

  • AGC Biologics Inc. – North Campus
  • Alaskan Copper Works – 6th Ave.
  • Aramark Uniform & Career Apparel LLC
  • Baker Commodities Inc.
  • BNSF Railway Company – Interbay Facility
  • Boeing Commercial Airplane – Auburn
  • Boeing Commercial Airplane – North Field
  • Boeing Company – Plant 2 Facility
  • Boeing Electronics Center
  • Boyd GMN
  • Cedar Grove Composting Inc.
  • Emerald Services Inc. – Airport Way Facility
  • Exotic Metals Forming Co.
  • Glacier Northwest Inc. – Kenmore Facility
  • Gyrus ACMI Inc., dba Olympus Surgical Technologies America
  • Honeywell International Inc.
  • Hytek Finishes Co.
  • Imaginetics LLC
  • King’s Command Foods LLC
  • Magnetic and Penetrant Services Co., dba Valence Seattle
  • National Industrial Concepts
  • National Products Inc.
  • Northwest Cascade Inc. – Septage Thickening and Dewatering Facility
  • Optimar US Inc.
  • Partner Therapeutics
  • Phillips 66 Company – Renton Terminal
  • Port of Seattle, Sea-Tac International Airport, IWS-IWTP
  • Primus International – University Swaging Division
  • Protective Coatings Inc.
  • Seattle Genetics North Creek
  • Seattle, City of – Office of the Waterfront and Civic Projects – Waterfront Main Corridor
  • Skills Inc. – Auburn Facility
  • Sound Transit – R200 Downtown Redmond Link Extension
  • Tim’s Cascade Snacks
  • UniSea Inc.
  • Western Pneumatic Tube Company LLC
  • Western Washington Coca-Cola Bottling LLC

Thanks to our 2021 Silver Award recipients for working with our Industrial Waste Program to protect public health and enhance the environment:

  •  Art Brass Plating Inc.
  • ASKO Processing Inc.
  • Auburn Dairy Products Inc.
  • Ball Corporation
  • Carsoe US Inc.
  • Continental Mills Inc.
  • Davis Wire Corp.
  • Foss Maritime Company
  • Mastercraft Metal Finishing Inc.
  • Precor Inc. – Plant 2
  • Qualawash Holdings LLC
  • Romac Industries Inc.
  • Safeway Inc. – Milk and Ice Cream Plant
  • Seattle, City of – SPU – Kent Highlands Landfill
  • Seattle, City of – SPU – Ship Canal Water Quality Project
  • Starbucks Coffee Co. – Kent Flexline Facility
  • Terex Washington Inc. – South Campus
  • Tri-Way Industries Inc. – Auburn
  • University of Washington Seattle Campus
  • Waste Management National Services – Duwamish Reload Facility