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How To Choose The Right Internal Receptacles For Waste & Recycling

With the wide range of internal waste & recycling receptacles on the market, it can be challenging to figure out which option makes the most sense for your business. In this blog post, we run through the most popular receptacle options on the market, and the factors you should consider, so you can make an informed decision and go with the best option for your organization.

  With the wide range of internal waste & recycling receptacles on the market, it can be challenging to figure out which option makes the most sense for your business. Before you go out and purchase receptacle(s), it's important to consider a number of factors. In this post, we run through the most popular receptacle options on the market, and the factors you should consider, so you can make an informed decision and go with the best option for your organization. Continue reading to learn more. Important Factors To Consider Determining which receptacle option is best for your business can be challenging. Before you get started, consider the following factors: HOW MANY STREAMS WILL YOUR BUSINESS BE COLLECTING? The number of waste streams your business collects will determine the number of containers needed in each receptacle station. For example, if your office collects Paper Products, Commingled Materials, and MSW (landfill waste), then it makes sense to use three receptacles, or containers, to collect each stream separately. If your office collects Paper Products, Commingled Materials, MSW, and Compost, we'd recommend using four containers to collect each stream separately. HOW MANY STATIONS WILL YOU NEED? The appropriate number of receptacle stations will vary based on available space, your budget, and your recycling/diversion goals. Start by identifying the types of waste and associated volumes that your business generates. Determining these factors will help you understand how many stations to purchase and where to locate them throughout your building. If you need some help identifying what types and quantities of waste your business generates, check out our guide to conducting a waste audit.

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RoadRunner Lends A Hand For National CleanUp Day

Two million people in the United States participated in National CleanUp Day. Among the volunteers were RoadRunner employees who spent the day collecting trash near our Headquarters in Pittsburgh. Read on to learn more about National CleanUp Day and what the participating team members from RoadRunner thought of the experience!

Last weekend, two million people in the United States participated in National CleanUp Day. Among the volunteers were RoadRunner employees who spent the day collecting trash near our Headquarters in Pittsburgh and the surrounding neighborhoods. As a group of people who are particularity passionate about the proper management of waste, we always look for opportunities to get involved and help clean up our community. Read on to learn more about National CleanUp Day and what the participating team members from RoadRunner thought of the experience!

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A Roundup Of Our Most Popular Posts

From single-use plastic replacements and breaking down cardboard, to reducing waste at healthcare facilities and hotels, we've talked a lot of trash (and recycling) on the Waste Watchers Blog. In our latest blog, we've rounded up our top ten posts all in once place. Read on to view the list and let us know which ones are the most helpful to you and your business!

 

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How To Read Plastic Recycling Symbols

Have you ever wondered what the numbered recycling symbol on a plastic product stands for? Most people assume it means "recyclable", but that is not always the case. Understanding the plastic recycling symbols will help your business recycle smarter! Check our our post to learn how, and share our infographic with your colleagues who may be interested in learning more about this.

  Have you ever wondered what the numbered symbol on plastic products is for? People often assume it means the plastic item is recyclable, but that's not always the case. In 1988, The Society of the Plastic Industry implemented the Resin Identification Coding System to stipulate the type of plastic a particular product is made with, but the symbols do not necessarilyindicate whether the item is recyclable or not. We realize this may be confusing, but gaining an understanding of the coding system will help your business recycle smarter. Continue reading to learn about each plastic code, whether that particular type of plastic is recyclable, and be sure to check out the infographic at the bottom of the post!  

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Seven Things Your Recycling Program May Be Missing

Do you ever feel like you are out of ideas when it comes to enhancing your recycling program? We often find that many businesses we engage with are making efforts to improve their recycling efforts, but they are missing important elements of a successful program. Read on for seven important elements that any successful recycling program should have.

  Do you ever feel like you are out of ideas when it comes to enhancing your recycling program? We often find that many businesses we engage with are making efforts to improve their recycling efforts, but they are missing important elements of a successful program. If this sounds familiar and you are not receiving the results you would like, read on to learn about seven important elements that any successful recycling program should have.

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What Your Business Needs To Know About Specialized Waste

Did you know, most businesses generate some form of specialized waste, which is a category of waste that requires special handling and disposal due to the potentially harmful properties of the materials. In this week's blog post, we dive into the specifics of each specialized waste category and look into what can happen when these materials are improperly handled or disposed of.

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How To Drive Sustainable Procurement At Your Business

Businesses and organizations around the world are shifting their focus towards becoming more environmentally-friendly. For most of them, the products and services they use play a big part in that. In our latest blog post, we explain how incorporating eco-friendly purchasing into your procurement can reduce landfill waste and save you money, all while conserving energy and natural resources.

  Businesses and organizations around the world are shifting their focus towards becoming more environmentally-friendly. For most of them, the products and services they use play a big part in that. Incorporating eco-friendly purchasing into your procurement processes can significantly reduce landfill waste and save you money, all while conserving energy and natural resources. With all-things procurement on the mind, we created this post to help you get started. After reviewing your business' current procurement processes, meet with your purchasing team and consider the following ideas to buy more sustainably:

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How To Encourage Your Tenants To Recycle

Have you ever tried to start recycling at your property management business, but not been able to implement a program that sticks? Carrying out a strategic recycling program while dealing with tenant turnover, varying levels of recycling awareness, and a wide array of waste materials can be challenging. Learn how to streamline your waste operations and start a recycling program that encourages recycling.

  Have you ever tried to start recycling at your property management business, but not been able to implement a program that sticks? We know that carrying out a strategic recycling program while dealing with tenant turnover, varying levels of recycling awareness, and a wide array of waste materials can be a big undertaking. This is why, on average, property management businesses send a significant amount of waste to landfills. In this post, we'll teach you how to streamline your waste operations and start a recycling program that will encourage your tenants to recycle. Keep reading to learn more and let us know what you think!

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Guide To Conducting A Waste Audit

Did you know, a thorough waste audit done on a semi-annual or annual basis can deliver important insights into the overall effectiveness of your current waste management operations? Read our post to discover the benefits of conducting a waste audit, and grab our downloadable guide for conducting an audit at your business in the safest, and most efficient way possible at the end of this post!

  Did you know that talking trash has never made more sense for your business? All kidding aside, we're talking about waste audits! Conducting your own waste audit on a semi-annual or annual basis will give your business important insights into the overall effectiveness of your current waste management operations. Too often, we find that businesses are overpaying for their waste services and missing out on other opportunities. By conducting a waste audit, your business can assess the current state of your waste operations and identify opportunities to recycle more and reduce landfill waste and operational costs. Continue reading to learn more about waste audits and their benefits, and check out our step-by-step guide to conducting a waste audit at the end of the post!

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