These award winners help protect public health and the environment by controlling the discharge of harmful substances that damage wastewater treatment infrastructure, degrade wastewater treatment, and reduce biosolids quality.
Gold, Silver, and Commitment to Compliance Awards
The King County Industrial Waste program recognizes significant industrial users of the sewer system who maintain an excellent record of compliance with the rules and regulations during the previous calendar year. Dischargers are awarded with a Gold or Silver award based on their level of compliance and companies that receive five consecutive gold awards are recognized with a Commitment to Compliance Award.
2022 Silver Award recipients
Thanks to our 2022 Silver Award recipients for working with our program to protect public health and enhance the environment:
- AGC Biologics, Inc.
- AGC Biologics, Inc. - North Campus
- Baker Commodities Inc.
- ConAgra Foods Packaged Foods LLC
- Darigold Inc. - Rainier Plant
- Davis Wire Corp.
- Emerald Services Inc. - Airport Way Facility
- Flow International Corp.
- Foss Maritime Company
- Honeywell International Inc.
- Hytek Finishes Co.
- Island Spring Inc.
- Northwest Cascade Inc. - Septage Thickening and Dewatering Facility
- Partner Therapeutics
- Safeway Inc. - Beverage Plant
- Seattle Genetics North Creek
- Seattle, City of - SPU - South Transfer Station
- Starbucks Coffee Co. - Kent Flexline Facility
- Western Washington Coca-Cola Bottling LLC
Silver Award criteria
The Silver Award is given to individual facilities that meet the following criteria during the calendar year:
- Posses an active industrial wastewater discharge permit each month
- Discharged industrial wastewater for at least three months
- Collected all samples required by its permit
- No King County-issued violations (code, permit, discharge) or other actions (final notices, fines, enforcement) issued to the permitted facility
- Has not been in Significant Non-compliance status
- No more than one late report
- Has not exceeded the number of self-monitoring violations allowed, as follows:
|Sampling Frequency||Number of samples per year in violation|
|Semi-annual and quarterly||0|
|Monthly and bi-monthly||1|
- Mid-tier facilities are eligible for the award
- A monthly average violation or a self-reported permit or code violation that only requires a response letter is the same as a self-monitoring violation
- If one or more self-monitoring reports for a permit with multiple locators is late (in a single reporting period), it’s considered as one late report for award evaluation
- A single screening level exceedance is not a violation. However multiple exceedances requiring county or facility action (in accordance with permit conditions) is considered a King County violation for the purposes of this award evaluation
The King County Industrial Waste Program (KCIW) recognizes companies and facilities within the King County sewer service area that are leaders in environmental protection with the EnvirOvation Award. The award is given to facilities that have KCIW discharge approvals and voluntarily go beyond their regulatory obligations to manage their operations in ways that help protect public health and enhance the environment. EnvirOvation award winners are eligible for consideration for the next Leaders in Waste Reduction Green Globe award, King County’s highest environmental award.
Companies and facilities can self-nominate for the award by filling out this application form. Please read through the eligibility and award criteria to determine if you are eligible.
- Facility must have had a KCIW approval to discharge industrial wastewater to the King County sewer system for the year in which award is applied for.
- Facility must have an excellent record of compliance for the year in which award is applied for based on conditions specified within its discharge approval from KCIW.
- Achievements must be related to a facility’s industrial wastewater discharges, such as reductions in water use, chemical use, reductions in pollutant concentration and overall pollutant loading, or an innovative pollution control strategy.
- The achievements must have been in place for a minimum of one full year prior to a facility’s application for the award, with demonstrated effectiveness.
- Facility must have made the applicable change(s) voluntarily and not as the result of a compliance order, regulatory mandate, or applying standard industry practices.
- Facility must submit all required information using the KCIW application. Applications are available on the program’s web pages at www.kingcounty.gov/industrialwaste by following the links to “rewards and recognition program” and then “EnvirOvation Award” or by contacting the program.
- Facilities that have implemented a pollution prevention strategy beyond requirements by regulatory authority. OR
- Facilities that have significantly reduced the concentration of chemicals discharged to King County not related to production changes. OR
- Facilities that have significantly updated their pretreatment equipment or methods beyond requirement of regulatory authority. OR
- Facilities that have significantly reduced their water use not related to fluctuations in production.