Co+op Wins 2013 Los Alamos County Business Recycler of the Year!

Co+op General Manager Steve Watts accepts the 2013 Los Alamos County Business Recycler of the Year Award. Photo by Leland Lehman/ladailypost


At the Los Alamos Chamber 50th Anniversary Celebration held Saturday, the Los Alamos Cooperative Market (Co+op) was given the 2013 Los Alamos County Business Recycler of the Year award.

Support for the Co+op as the 2013 Business Recycler of the Year was overwhelming as they received 83 percent of the total votes, earning the inaugural award. The Los Alamos Monitor came in second place followed by CB FOX.

“We’re excited to receive the award, which reflects our effort to support our community and provide quality products that are building our community, our planet, as well as our performance,” said Sandra West, the Co+op’s Outreach Coordinator.

The Co+op has built sustainability into their business model including a focus on managing waste in a way that promotes the waste management hierarchy of reduce, reuse and recycle, thereby helping conserve resources and preserve the environment. By offering bulk foods to their customers the Co+op promotes reducing. Through their egg carton, and glass milk bottle take back programs they promote reusing. And through their participation as a community glass drop-off program, the implementation of a Terracycle program, the composting of their food scraps and their participation in the County mixed recycling program they promote recycling.

The award was presented by Los Alamos County Environmental Sustainability Board member Reid Priedhorsky. As winner of the 2013 business recycler of the year the Los Alamos Co+op received a piece of recycled art commemorating their accomplishment, window decals to promote their achievement, and a few recycling bins to help further enhance their already stellar recycling program.

Steve Watts, Co+op General Manager, accepted the award. “While I am very pleased to accept this award, this is who we are and these values are part of our founding principles. We see this as reinforcement of those principles and values,” Watts said.

Priedhorsky went on to thank all those businesses in town who have integrated the principals of reduce, reuse and recycle into their daily operations.

The Business Recycler of the Year award is sponsored by the Los Alamos County Environmental Services Division and the Los Alamos County Environmental Sustainability Board. This was the first year of the competition and it is anticipated to become a yearly award.

Businesses are nominated by the public to be eligible for the award. The Environmental Sustainability Board then narrows down the field of businesses to the top three based on information provided by staff and their knowledge of local businesses. Once narrowed down to the three finalists, the public then votes for the winner and these results are combined with a vote by the Environmental Sustainability Board and a vote by the Environmental Services staff.

The Environmental Services Division and Environmental Sustainability Board would like to thank all those businesses who were nominated:

  • Chapel Apartments
  • CB FOX
  • Enterprise Computing Systems
  • Jemez House Thrift Store
  • Los Alamos Cooperative Market
  • Los Alamos Daily Post
  • Los Alamos Lock and Key
  • Los Alamos Monitor
  • The United Church Thrift Shop

Los Alamos County recently lowered its rates for business recycling, Those interested in setting up recycling at alocal business may contact the Environmental Services Division at 505.662.8163 or Visit  the Los Alamos County Environmental Services webpage at for more information on waste and recycling services.