Jeanette Brizendine, recycling project manager for Federal Way, was recently recognized as the Washington State Recycling Association's (WSRA) "Recycler of the Year."
The WSRA cited Brizendine's unique and creative programs and projects — such as Recycle Palooza and an annual holiday styrofoam collection event — as some of the reasons for receiving the honor.
During the July 16 Federal Way City Council meeting, Councilmember Susan Honda also reviewed some of the projects Brizendine has helped launch in recent years.
"Jeanette has demonstrated an impressive commitment to developing and implementing programs that engage the public and increase participation in recycling, the latest event being the third annual Recycle Palooza in April," Honda said. "The association noted that Jeanette's efforts have increased recycling (in Federal Way), including 10,000 pounds of shredded confidential documents, 55 car seats, and 20 cubic yards of styrofoam."
Some of Brizendine's other efforts include Family Green Fest, which has attracted approximately 1,250 residents over the past three years. The festival also taught these families how to "go green" in a fun and easy manner.
She has also facilitated monthly "green living" workshops that cover everything from yard care to backyard chickens.
Perhaps not as glamorous but just as important have been Brizendine's efforts to increase recycling at 38 multi-family apartment complexes in Federal Way in recent years. According to the city, nearly all residents of these complexes now have access to on-site recycling.
"I absolutely love what I do, and I just feel grateful that I get to do it," Brizendine said at the July 16 meeting.
Brizendine started her recycling role with the city in 2007. She also serves as a volunteer King County Master Recycler Composter who staffs information booths at several public events.