The New Mexico Green Chamber of Commerce (NMGCC) this week recognized 34 businesses for their efforts to recycle and reduce their waste in time for America Recycles Day (Nov. 15).
The "NM Businesses Recycle" program is a partnership among the NM Green Chamber of Commerce, the NM Recycling Coalition, the NMSU Institute for Energy and the Environment and the NM Environment Department Green Zia Environmental Leadership Program.
The program held commercial recycling and waste reduction trainings in Albuquerque, Las Cruces, Silver City, Taos and Santa Fe over the last two months. Businesses were encouraged to apply to be recognized for their recycling and waste reduction efforts and a panel of experts evaluated each company's recycling efforts.
The top large and small business recyclers statewide will receive special recognition on an Albuquerque area billboard.
"We are recognizing these 34 companies for their outstanding efforts to reduce, reuse or recycle their waste and as a result lessen their impact on our natural heritage," said NMGCC President Lawrence Rael. "Good stewardship of our natural resources is responsible corporate leadership in our community."
This will be an annual program that aims to encourage more businesses to reduce their waste, buy recycled and recycle more.
The "NM Businesses Recycle" campaign aims to bring value and raise awareness for businesses that do recycle and reduce their waste. Businesses that recycle and commit to the campaign will be recognized at events and via press releases and identified with window decals.
Below are the winners:
Businesses in the Albuquerque area: Affordable Solar, Dapwood Furniture Co., General Mills Inc., The Grove Café & Market, HB Construction Inc., High Desert Plants, Hotel Andaluz, Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Organic Farm, Peoples Flower Shops, S&H Hauling LLC and SMG-Albuquerque Convention Center.
Businesses in the Las Cruces area: Community Enterprise Center, Enchanted Gardens, Let Them Eat Cake, Mountain View Market Co-op, Positive Energy Solar, Melissa J. Reeves-Attorney at Law and Sunspot Solar Energy Systems.
Businesses in the Santa Fe area: Department of the Interior-Bureau of Land Management, Earthstone International, Gaia Gardens, New Mexico Highlands University-Las Vegas, Positive Energy Solar, Restaurant Martin, Santa Fe Business Incubator and Santa Fe Public Schools.
Businesses in the Silver City area: Alotta Gelato LLC, Energy Ideal, Habitat for Humanity Gila Region ReStore, Insurance First Inc and Tre Rosat Cafe.
Businesses in the Taos area: Habitat for Humanity of Taos, Recycle Taos Collection and Taos Mountain Casino.
For more information, visit nmgreenchamber.com/nmbizrecycle.
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