Second Annual PRRDy Partner awards winners chosen.

The Partner Environmental Award recipients have been selected. The award committee had the challenging task of selecting just four winners from the many deserving entrants.

The categories include: Individual citizen, Private Sector (business), Public Sector and, new this year, Educator (school or teacher).

This year?s winners are?

Individual citizen

Dean Anderson of Fort St. John spearheaded the collection of old computers to be donated to schools in Panama. Landfills are the worst place for computers because they contain toxic materials like lead, cadmium and mercury which are harmful to both health and the environment.

Private Sector

Enviro Rags won in the business category. Enviro Rags offers businesses an alternative to landfilling their oily rags. Enviro Rags collects, washes and recycles the rags, ready for reuse by their customers.

Fort St. John Pharmacy and Wellness Centre received Honourable Mention for their varied initiatives.

Public Sector

District of Taylor was chosen for their efforts to reduce waste at the administrative level and in the community. Organic materials from the District office are collected for composting and cardboard is banned from garbage collection.

Education

The inaugural winner in the educator category is Margaret Mabius who inspires her students and fellow teachers at Don Titus Elementary School in Chetwynd.

The date of the presentation–a special trophy made from recycled windshields–has not been finalized but will be in October, during the celebration of Waste Reduction Month.

PRRDy Partner awards recognize the special contributions residents make to adopt and promote the waste reduction ethic (3R?s and beyond). The nominees for a PRRDy PARTNER environmental award demonstrated actions that reduce, resolve or avoid environmental challenges. The Awards Committee also considered length of service commitment and innovative approachs to environmental enhancement.