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A Few Good Reasons Why Your Business Needs A Waste Audit

Conducting a waste audit for your business can be the first step to realizing a right-sized waste management program. RoadRunner’s customers are often surprised at what a waste audit uncovers about their company, where their waste actually goes, its environmental impact, and how much they’re paying for services. Here we explain what a waste audit is and break down several reasons why your company should launch a waste audit in 2023.

  What if we told you your business could potentially keep costs in check, get insights into employee behavior, and improve diversion goals just by looking at your trash? Conducting a waste audit for your business can be the first step to realizing a right-sized waste management program. RoadRunner’s customers are often surprised at what a waste audit uncovers about their company, where their waste actually goes, its environmental impact, and how much they’re paying for services.  Here we explain what a waste audit is and break down several reasons why your company should launch a waste audit in 2023. CLICK HERE to read more from the Waste Watchers Blog!

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2023 Waste Industry Will Lean On Circular Economy, Data, and Technology

2022 was a unique year in the waste and recycling industry. Unprecedented, unpredictable events upended the industry for businesses. Global energy markets were thrown into chaos following the geopolitical conflict in eastern Europe. Inflation also catapulted the price of seemingly everything into the stratosphere. The stage is set for companies in 2023 to embrace accurate reporting, carbon reduction, green technology, and a circular economy.

  2022 was a unique year in the waste and recycling industry. Unprecedented, unpredictable events upended the industry for businesses. Global energy markets were thrown into chaos following the geopolitical conflict in eastern Europe. The price of a gallon of fuel here in the U.S. skyrocketed and much of that cost passed to the customer. As the country continues to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, inflation also catapulted the price of seemingly everything into the stratosphere. These cost hikes meant companies paid more for the same waste management services.  As we turn the page into a new year, it’s this arena in which the waste industry finds itself. It sets the stage for companies in 2023 to have an even greater need for accurate data and reporting. Carbon reduction will be a greater priority for many businesses, and technology will be at the forefront of finding sustainable solutions. Companies will also start embracing a circular economy model as they realize the potential to reduce waste, cut emissions, and save money. CLICK HERE to read more from the Waste Watchers Blog!   Here are RoadRunner’s waste industry predictions for 2023:

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New Funding, Market Expansions Fuel RoadRunner's Incredible Year

To say 2022 was a landmark year for RoadRunner might be something of an understatement. We expanded into new markets from coast to coast. We put our commitment to diversity and inclusion on display with the Pittsburgh Pride event. And we raised tens of millions of dollars to continue our mission. As we look ahead to the promise the new year brings, we just wanted to highlight a few big things that got us to this point in 2022.

  To say 2022 was a landmark year for RoadRunner might be something of an understatement. We expanded into new markets from coast to coast. We put our commitment to diversity and inclusion on display with the Pittsburgh Pride event. And we raised tens of millions of dollars to continue our mission. As we look ahead to the promise the new year brings, we just wanted to highlight a few big things that got us to this point in 2022. CLICK HERE to read more from the Waste Watchers Blog!

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How Waste Increases During The Holidays And What Your Business Can Do

An additional 1 million tons: that’s how much waste Americans produce on average during the holiday season every year. Whether it's new decorations for your office or waste left from the company party, doing a better job managing waste is not something that’s always top of mind this time of year. Here are some tips for a greener holiday throughout the halls of your company.

  An additional 1 million tons: that’s how much waste Americans produce on average during the holiday season every year. Whether it's new decorations for your office or waste left from the company party, doing a better job managing waste is not something that’s always top of mind this time of year. Believe it or not, there are ways to enjoy the holidays without putting undue stress on the environment. And many of these things can be good for your business too. Here are some tips for a greener holiday throughout the halls of your company: CLICK HERE to read more about the The 5 R's: Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Repurpose, Recycle

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What Is A Circular Economy? Here's How Your Business Can Help

With a circular economy, there is no defined beginning or end point. There is very little waste because things aren’t simply thrown out. New products enter the market and upon reaching the end of their usable life, are broken back down into raw materials that can be utilized again. In this article, we’ll define the circular economy, show you how it works, and explain how your business can take advantage of it by rethinking waste.

  Think about the manufacturing of your computer, car, or smartphone. The traditional manufacturing process extracts materials from the Earth. Then producers refine those materials to create other, usable things like plastic, glass, and aluminum. Those materials together  create the final product. Eventually, those items will be thrown away. This is called a linear process. It has a beginning and an end. With a circular economy, there is no defined beginning or end point. There is very little waste because things aren’t simply thrown out. New products enter the market and upon reaching the end of their usable life, are broken back down into raw materials that can be utilized again. In this article, we’ll define the circular economy, show you how it works, and explain how your business can take advantage of it by rethinking waste. What is a circular economy? CLICK HERE to find out more!

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5 Ways To Reduce Supply Chain Waste And Embrace Sustainability

The turbulence of the last few years has businesses big and small looking for ways to save money and meet sustainable goals. According to the UN, an estimated 80% of global trade passes through supply chains. Your business can save money and reduce waste in the supply chain by cutting your carbon footprint, establishing upstream and downstream reporting, and ensuring waste management programs are optimized. Here are 5 ways to reduce waste in your supply chain and make it more sustainable.

  The turbulence of the last few years has businesses big and small looking for ways to save money and meet sustainable goals. One area to be noticed is the supply chain for your business. Embracing sustainability in your supply chain could be crucial to your company’s overall green strategy. According to the UN, an estimated 80% of global trade passes through supply chains. Your business can save money and reduce waste in the supply chain by cutting your carbon footprint, establishing upstream and downstream reporting, and ensuring waste management programs are optimized. These can also help boost your ESG (Environmental, Social, Governance) score. Check out the ABCs of Waste Management by clicking here!

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Waste Management: What It Is And 4 Ways Your Business Can Do Better

Finding the best way for your business to deal with its waste might not seem that important on the surface. However, being responsible with your waste management can be incredibly impactful to your company. The United States generates more waste than any other nation on the planet. So what is waste management? We’re breaking down what it means and we have 4 ways your business can do a better job.

  Finding the best way for your business to deal with its waste might not seem that important on the surface. However, being responsible with your waste management can be incredibly impactful to your company. The United States generates more waste than any other nation on the planet, creating more than 292 million tons a year. Making the time to find out how much waste your business generates, where it goes, and how much you’re paying can help you meet your sustainability goals and even save some cash. So what is waste management? We’re breaking down what it means and we have 4 ways your business can do a better job. Check out the ABCs of Waste Management by clicking here!

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What Is A Carbon Offset? Here's How It Could Work For Your Business

Can you buy your way to achieving net zero carbon emissions? That’s part of the idea behind carbon offsets. Big brands, companies, and manufacturers have all pledged to work to improve the environment and they say buying carbon offsets is one way they can have an impact. Can it also work for your business?We explain what a carbon offset is, how it works, and if it makes sense for your business to start a carbon offset purchase.

  Can you buy your way to achieving net zero carbon emissions? That’s part of the idea behind carbon offsets.  Big brands, companies, and manufacturers have all pledged to work to improve the environment and they say buying carbon offsets is one way they can have an impact. Can it also work for your business? Here we’ll explain what a carbon offset is, how it works, and if it makes sense for your business to start a carbon offset purchase. CLICK HERE to see how RoadRunner can work for your business!

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Could We Soon Have A National Standard For Recycling Bin Labels?

The U.S. has standard labels for nutritional information and hazardous materials. A group of lawmakers is now pushing for a standard set of recycling bin labels. They argue that a nationwide standard could help reduce confusion about where to toss trash and recyclables. In this blog, we cover what’s in the letter and consider how it could change your business recycling program(s).

  The U.S. has standard labels for nutritional information and hazardous materials. A group of lawmakers is now pushing for a standard set of recycling bin labels. In October, a group of 17 members of Congress signed a letter to the EPA asking for the adoption of a national standard labeling system for recycling bins. They argue that a nationwide standard could help reduce confusion about where to toss trash and recyclables.  There could be impacts on your business from this letter. In this blog, we’ll cover more of what’s in the letter and consider how it could change your business recycling program(s). CLICK HERE to see how RoadRunner can work for your business!

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