Reynolds Recycling names the 2011 Green Leaders Award recipient

(From left) Reynolds Recycling president Terry Telfer; Battleship Missouri Memorial president and chief operating officer Michael A. Carr; and memorial staff Ashley Christian, Henry “Kimo” James, Jeff Connors and Clement Rodrigues.

In an effort to recognize outstanding businesses, groups and individuals in Hawaii who are protecting and preserving our natural resources through recycling, Reynolds Recycling launched its Annual Green Leaders Award Program in 2009 and has honored such groups as the Outrigger Enterprise Group and the National Kidney Foundation of Hawaii.

Now in its third year, Reynolds Recycling is honoring the Battleship Missouri Memorial for its long standing and effective beverage container recycling program. As a result of the non-profit memorial’s efforts, over 13 tons of recyclable material have been diverted from the waste stream, saving over 91 cubic yards of landfill space since 2006 and collecting over 500,000 bottles and cans.

“The USS Missouri has always been on the front lines protecting our country’s freedom, and they continue to protect and preserve our natural resources and our way of life for future generations through their ongoing commitment to recycling,” stated Terry Telfer, president of Reynolds Recycling.

“Since expanding our beverage container recycling program in 2006, the Battleship Missouri Memorial has diverted virtually an entire football field of plastic from Honolulu’s landfill,” said Michael A. Carr, the memorial’s president and chief operating officer.

“In a way, the Battleship Missouri Memorial is the ultimate expression of reuse. The opening of the Battleship Missouri Memorial in 1999 represented the transformation of an 887’, 55,000-ton steel battleship into an economic engine, employing more than 150 full time and part time employees.”

Reynolds Recycling has paid out over $3 million to schools and nonprofit organizations to help them raise much needed funds.