Waste Watchers Blog
Helping businesses improve their waste diversion + recycling efforts, one post at a time!
There Has To Be A Better Way
by Graham Rihn
There has to be a better way. We all want something better. A better way to store files; a better way to run payroll; a better way to find a ride home. These moments of wanting something better are what inspire, or fulfill, big ideas and transformational products. My desire for “a better way” involves recycling.
Traditionally, Profitability and Sustainability are treated like oil and water - at best, like frenemies on the playground; at worst, like the Big Bad (Business) Wolf and the Nice Little (Sustainability) Sheep. But why is it so hard for these two to play nice? This...read more
774,000,000 - the number of iPhones we've bought since Apple launched the product back in 2007. 774 MILLION. That's a lot of zeroes in less than a decade. In fact, this is so many devices, that If laid end to end, the tiny 4.5 inch-long phones would circle the earth...read more
It's International Compost Awareness Week! A huge mouthful of an event, which is only appropriate considering that the week is all about food waste - education, prevention and responsible collection. Read on for juicy tips about all those banana peels, PB&J crusts...read more
Ever feel like your cubicle could inspire a new season of Hoarders: Office Edition? Know that "Spring Cleaning" is a thing, but feel distinctly unmotivated to do anything about it? We at RoadRunner HQ were equally disinclined to clean house. That is, until we were...read more
Any which way you look at it, we live on a beautiful planet. Astonishing landscapes, miraculous features, abundant resources and the greatest variety of life. That's why we at RoadRunner are especially excited when Earth Day comes around each and every year. It's a...read more
Commingled Corner: How to become your office's Eco Ambassador Cringe every time your well-meaning coworkers casually toss a container into the trash? Wish you could wax poetic about the intricacies of our nation's recycling system in the break-out room? Or maybe you...read more
Achieving Zero Waste seems to be one of those impossible tasks, like not eating all the Pringles in a pack or seeing a week-long juice cleanse through to completion. We at RoadRunner recently took a deep dive into the seeming Utopian grandeur of the Zero Waste...read more
TRASH TALK: Why would I switch from single stream recycling? Many municipalities, states and businesses invest in single stream, because the "one bin to rule them all" strategy seems only common sense. But when simplicity results in stalled sustainability plans, it's...read more
Commingled Corner: Rudimentary Recycling Lingo So You Too Can Call a Dirty MRF By Its Real Name From AATF and COPA to rPET and MRF - and all the way down to ZW - the acronyms of waste and recycling management can be downright overwhelming. "SOS?!" you say? "DW, NP...read more