The recycling, composting and other environmentally conscious practices at Pattycake Bakery earned the North High Street enterprise an honor last week from the Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio.

The recycling, composting and other environmentally conscious practices at Pattycake Bakery earned the North High Street enterprise an honor last week from the Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio.

The Clintonville bakery received SWACO's "Emerald" Award for Small Business.

"Each of our honorees has a great green story to tell," SWACO executive director Ron Mills was quoted as saying in the announcement of the honoree. "We have learned that the best way to educate people and businesses toward a culture of recycling, waste reduction, and reuse is to show them how going green can fit in with everyday lifestyles. I believe the stories our Emerald recipients have to share will act as catalysts that demonstrate what it takes to make a difference when it comes to contributing to our quality of life on this planet.

"We, and they, are convinced that what we are doing is both important and inspiring. It is for this reason that SWACO established the Emeralds. It is a way to honor such ideas and accomplishments and to encourage those contributors to continue to teach, inspire, and lead all of us."

"Strong recycling and composting efforts by Pattycake Bakery has earned the Clintonville baker the Emerald for Small Business," the announcement stated. "Those green initiatives reduce Pattycake's throwaways to just one household trash can per week. The baker reuses cardboard beer boxes to pack orders, affixes company labels with all-natural glue and delivers orders via bicycle."