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Republic Services, KidsQuest Children's Museum win business of the year awards
Bellevue's Chamber of Commerce named Republic Services the Eastside business of the year, and KidsQuest Children's Museum the small business of the year, at the 2012 Bellevue Chamber Eastside Annual Dinner presented by Wells Fargo at the Hyatt Regency Bellevue.
Republic Services, the second largest solid waste and recycling collection and processing company in the United States with its area headquarters and operations division in Bellevue, emphasized their commitment to environmentally friendly business practices in a press release issued shortly after receiving the award.
"Republic processes more than 200,000 tons of recyclables per year at the Seattle recycle center," Anne Laughlin, the communications and public relations manager for Republic Services northwest area, said. "That's the equivalent weight to 500 loaded 747 airplanes." Republic has also shown commitment to the environment through substantial investment in compressed natural gas which is, they claim, more eco-friendly than fossil fuel. "Right now, we've converted a little over 50 percent of our fleet (to CNG)," Jeff Borgida, the general manager of the company's Bellevue division, said, "and we expect to have the rest converted within 18 months." Each truck that the company converts from diesel reduces carbon emissions by the equivalent of 325 cars per day.
The KidsQuest Children's Museum, the small business of the year, provides "interactive play" - focusing on science, technology, engineering, art and math - for children from infancy through age eight and their families. The company is currently raising $12 million to move from their current Factoria Mall location into the former Rosalie Whyel Doll Museum in Downtown Bellevue. So far, they have raised $1 million, and the museum's leaders think its necessary to raise the rest. "I can't even tell you the number of people who call and say, 'I'm in the parking lot, and I can't find you.' "