By Noelle H. Lowery
Bistro Soleil at The Olde Marco Inn and Petit Soleil recently were recognized by the Board of Collier County Commissioners for receiving a WRAP Award — Waste Reduction Awards Program — from the county’s Solid and Hazardous Waste Management Department. Owner Lisa Meurgue received a proclamation from District 1 Commissioner Donna Fiala, who congratulated her for her restaurants’ continued efforts to promote waste reduction, reuse and recycling and for sustaining the usable life of the Collier County Landfill.
The WRAP Awards recognizes newly created and/or exceptional recycling efforts by businesses located in unincorporated Collier County and in the cities of Marco Island and Everglades City. The award is a well received honor provided to those businesses that exceed the minimum requirements through innovative recycling programs. Examples include partnering with another agency to reduce and reuse waste materials, increasing the capture of recyclable materials from zero to 100 percent, and incorporating innovative methods of collection and/or processing of recyclable materials.
Businesses can be self-nominated, nominated by an individual, or nominated as the result of a site visit by county staff. A panel of technical associates, including recycling coordinators, judge the applications based on the WRAP criteria to determine the award recipient. Winners receive space on the Solid and Hazardous Waste Management Department’s website and a proclamation certificate, WRAP trophy and framed certificate presented during a BCC meeting.