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Remo Garners Award for Recycling

Posted: March 3, 2008 6:30 p.m.
Updated: May 1, 2008 5:02 a.m.
Remo Inc. was recognized for its recycling and waste reduction efforts earlier this week when it was awarded the 2007 WRAP of the Year award by the California Integrated Waste Management Board.

The Waste Reduction Awards Program recognizes businesses who have initiated waste reduction models so that they can serve as examples to others in their industry.

Remo Inc., a manufacturer of drums, drumheads and other percussion musical instruments, was one of five California businesses given the award.

During the award presentation on Wednesday at Remo's offices in the Valencia Commerce Center, Rosalie Mulé, board member for California Integrated Waste Management Board, recognized the 50-year-old company for its environmentally friendly practices and called Remo the "best of the best" when it comes to sustainability.

Mulé and Gary Petterson, board member for California Integrated Waste Management Board, then presented the plaque and award to Remo founder and CEO Remo D. Belli and Brock Kaericher, president of Remo.

In 2006, Remo recycled about 420 tons of plastic, cardboard, paper, metal and shipping supplies.

Most notably, the drum kits manufactured at Remo's factory in the commerce center are made from nearly 100 percent recycled content, which includes the recycled aluminum in the metal rings holding the drum skins and the recycled fiber of the drum bodies.

After the presentation, Kaericher led the board members and other Waste Management Board officials on a factory tour to showcase the company's recycling efforts.

While on the tour, Mulé said that what puts Remo ahead of other companies is its goal to not only recycle, but reuse materials as well.

"They are reusing everything that they can before even recycling," she said, adding that it makes Remo "progressive and innovative."

Before the award ceremony, Manuel Solis, plant manager of Remo, said the company was very honored to receive the award. He said that since the late 1990s, Remo has focused on improving its waste reduction and recycling capabilities.

Solis said Remo will continue its environmentally friendly efforts and hopes to ultimately not only reduce and recycle waste, but to one day turn waste into energy.

"We hope our waste doesn't go into a landfill but is turned into energy," he said.

Solis also believes that companies, including Remo, now have a responsibility to look at what the contribution they make to the environment.

Similarly, Manny Martinez, purchasing manager for Remo, said implementing green techniques is a common goal and responsibilities all companies should take on.


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