Pacific Gas and Electric Company Receives Recycling Award
San Francisco, CA— Pacific Gas and Electric Company
announced it is the recipient of the California Integrated Waste Management
Board’s Waste Reduction Awards Program (WRAP) award for its environmentally
friendly waste management programs; including an efficient recycling program
at the utility’s downtown San Francisco office complex and a program
to replace wooden reels with steel reels that has saved about 14,000 trees.
Now in its 11th year, the WRAP awards recognize businesses
that develop innovative and aggressive programs to reduce the amount of
waste sent to landfills. Businesses are evaluated on a number of programs,
including waste prevention, materials reuse, recycling, recycled-product
procurement, and employee education.
“It’s great to see how creative and innovative
California businesses can be when it comes to reducing waste,” said
Linda Moulton-Patterson, Chair of the Integrated Waste Management Board.
PG&E’s steel reel program replaces wooden reels
used for transporting electric cable with steel reels. Before transitioning
to the steel reel program in 1998, PG&E used approximately 2,000 wooden
reels a year. Each wooden reel, constructed primarily of pine, contained
about 390 board-feet of wood. These wooden reels cannot be re-used since
the weight of the electric cable damages the wood. Since steel reels can
be re-used, the company estimates it has saved 2.5 million pounds or 1.5
million board-feet of wood, which is the equivalent of about 14,000 trees.
Through its recycling program, PG&E’s two
downtown office buildings recycle approximately 70 percent of their total