Bellevue's top business recyclers honored

The city of Bellevue and Allied Waste have named La Tienda, Bellevue Healthcare and Pacific Bioscience Laboratories as the city's top recyclers for 2009.

Each of the businesses will receive a month of free garbage service in recognition of their accomplishments.

Pacific Bioscience, a maker of skin-care products and winner in the large commercial category, had an 83 percent recycling rate.

Bellevue Healthcare, which specializes in home medical equipment, won in the medium-sized category with an 80 percent recycling rate. The company provides easy access to recycling bins in its building and does what is known as "closing the loop" by purchasing office supplies made from recycled content.

In the small-business category, La Tienda restaurant recycles 87 percent of its waste.

Allied Waste offers free commercial recycling to all of its commercial garbage customers. Businesses wishing to learn more about the program can call 425-646-2492.

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