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Photo of DOC and Resources Agency Leaders Receiving Green California Leadership Award

A DOC program designed to help increase recycling of beverage containers in the workplace was recognized at the first Green California Leadership Awards on October 2. The Recycling Starter Kit won the "Green Culture" category at the event, held to acknowledge outstanding government accomplishments in the field of environmental sustainability.

Launched in 2005 as a pilot to increase beverage container recycling opportunities in the workplace, the Recycling Starter Kit program gained momentum quickly. More than 40,000 kits have been delivered, at no charge, to a variety of away-from-home locations where Californians quaff water, soda, juice and other drinks in aluminum, glass and plastic containers.

Follow-up surveys with recipients indicate those kits are responsible for keeping more than 113 million beverage containers out of landfills in the past two years, and will add to that number on an ongoing basis as the kits remain in use. Businesses and other organizations that wish to order a free Recycling Starter Kit can do so at  

Photo caption: From left, DOC Communications Director Ed Wilson, Director Bridgett Luther, Resources Secretary Mike Chrisman, and Assistant Director Stephen Bantillo at the Green California Leadership Awards.