Omega Pacific Electrical Supply Inc., a lighting distributor based in San Francisco, is riding the crest of California's green business wave.

The family-owned company recently received an award from Veolia Environmental Services (Veolia) in recognition of its commitment to environmental protection and sustainable development. Veolia is a subsidiary of the French parent company Veolia Environment.

Veolia annually presents the Environmental Stewardship Award to companies that demonstrate exceptional commitment to sustainable environmental practice through programs, policies and procedures that help to protect the environment by recycling lighting and electronic waste.

According to Veolia Marketing Manager Scott Thibodeau, Omega Pacific was singled out for recognition due to the time, effort, and financial commitment it has expended in promoting and distributing Veolia's Recyclepak products at its facilities in San Francisco and Richmond, Calif.

Organizations that have signed up to receive Recyclepak simply fill up the boxes supplied to them by Omega Pacific with “universal waste,” which includes fluorescent lamps, ballasts and batteries, and call Federal Express to deliver them to the closest Veolia facility for recycling.

The award is the latest in a series of environmental milestones for Omega Pacific, which has been recycling light bulbs for clients since mid-2004.

“What we've done here at Omega Pacific is to completely grow organically a new division from our Lighting Division,” says Ivy Reid Lewis, president of Omega Pacific. “It's what I call efficient material management, and it's more than just good for the environment. Our customers are very important to us and we pride ourselves in being a green solution provider.”