Shoreway Center National Awards
The Shoreway Environmental Center located on Shoreway Road in San Carlos was selected as the 2012 Recycling Systems Excellence Gold Award recipient by the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA), the top national award for a recycling facility. The award will be presented at SWANA's annual national conference, WasteCon, on August 14, 2012 in Washington, D.C.
The Shoreway Environmental Center in San Carlos was also just certified LEED Gold (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) by the U.S. Green Building Council.
The SWANA Gold award reflects RethinkWaste’s five-year, $46 million master plan project to redesign and construct an innovative recycling and transfer facility at the Shoreway Environmental Center in San Carlos to divert as much material as possible from the landfill.
The San Carlos facility encompasses a new 70,200-square-foot Materials Recovery Facility (MRF), where the recyclables from residents and businesses in the RethinkWaste service area are processed. The MRF houses state-of-the-art processing equipment specifically designed to handle single stream recyclables (commingled bottles, cans & paper), and replaces the previously existing 48,000-square-foot building. The new MRF became fully operational in May 2011, and has the capacity to handle over 80,000 tons per year on one operating shift.
The new Shoreway Environmental Center also includes a new Public Recycling Center, for the free drop-off of materials for recycling, and a buy-back center for redeeming bottles and cans for their rebates. It also includes a new scale house and related traffic enhancements; and green building features such as the use of photovoltaic (solar) panels to generate renewable energy to power site operations, translucent panels to maximize day lighting, and use of native and low-water plants, among others.