Last week, the Riverside County Department of Waste Resources announced that CR&R, the local waste management contractor, was one of five county businesses and organizations recognized for rewriting their environmental footprint and implementing sustainable practices.

The Sustainability Award recognizes businesses that exemplify reduction, reuse, recycle and rethink. These practices include composting, energy recovery, renewable energy, conservation, and the practice and awareness of how materials are being used, processed and consumed.

“These businesses and organizations are demonstrating a long-term commitment to creating healthier communities through sustainable and achievable energy and re-use goals,” said Hans Kernkamp, general manager-chief engineer of the DWR.

The Board of Supervisors recognized these businesses and organizations, one from each supervisorial district, at its Tuesday, April 26 meeting.

In its press release, the County said CR&R has a great recycling infrastructure, including three material recovery facilities that handle mixed waste and commingled recyclables, two green waste composting facilities, a dedicated construction and demolition facility and a compressed natural gas fueling station located in Perris.

“CR&R is on a path to zero waste with its anaerobic digestion facility project,” said the release. “This project provides a significant path to divert green waste and food waste from landfills.”