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May 11, 2009 at 4:01 PM

40,000 Microsoft recycling bins almost sent to landfill

recyclemounds.jpgThe same day we ran a story about Microsoft’s efforts to develop greener data centers, we found out the company almost sent 40,000 old recycling bins to a landfill after replacing them with new ones.

The Washington State Recycling Association, a trade group, today named Tom and Justin Roth “Individual Recycler of the Year” for redistributing the bins so they could be reused instead of thrown out. Tom, who is Justin’s dad, works at Microsoft. He and Justin found donated space on a cargo ship and sent the bins to organizations such as the Chignik Tribe in Alaska, as well as the Mukilteo School District. The Colville Tribe has used the bins to expand itsr recycling.

(Photo of Waste Management’s Cascade Recycling Center in Woodinville: Ken Lambert/The Seattle Times)

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