December 27, 2016
For Immediate Release
Contact: Laura Tucker
Environmental Health Specialist
Jefferson County Environmental Health
Second EnviroStar Business Certified in Port Ludlow
Port Townsend, WA – Jefferson County Environmental Health is excited to announce that Port Ludlow Dentistry is our second business in Port Ludlow to qualify for the EnviroStars program, coming in at the 4-star level! They join Port Ludlow Marina who is both an EnviroStar and a Clean Marina Washington. The mission of EnviroStars is to provide assistance and incentives for smaller businesses to reduce hazardous materials and waste in order to protect public health, municipal systems, and the environment.
Stephen Porter, D.M.D. and his staff of Port Ludlow Dentistry have successfully developed systems to make their office at 9522 Oak Bay Road a clean and green business. Dr. Porter, who prefers that his patients call him Stephen, works hard with his staff to use state-of-the-art dentistry in a friendly and caring environment. In order to qualify at the 4-Star level, they need to have a number of systems in place to effectively manage hazardous waste. They recapture and recycle mercury in office wastewater through the use of an amalgam separator. They also use a cutting edge fixer recovery system to prevent hazardous metals from reaching Port Ludlow Bay.
In their commitment to use environmentally friendly products, Port Ludlow Dentistry staff changed a number of products as part of their EnviroStar certification. They now use a steam cleaner for their floors with a microfiber mop head that not only gets all the fine particles, but can also be cleaned and reused. No soaps are needed and the floors are spotless and sanitary. They also use a steam autoclave, instead of a system that requires chemicals.
As part of the EnviroStar certification process, Dr. Porter’s office went the extra mile and created employee task sheets for handling amalgam waste, recycling x-ray waste, vacuum trap replacement, and proper disposal of fluorescent light bulbs that contain mercury.
Jefferson County Environmental Health has been part of the EnviroStars Cooperative for 15 years which provides support for businesses in exemplary hazardous waste management and dedication to environmental stewardship. Citizens in Jefferson County enthusiastically express their interest in and support of businesses in the EnviroStars program.
A list of certified businesses can be found at EnviroStars.org. For more information on EnviroStars in Jefferson County, call Laura Tucker at (360) 379-4491.
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