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How To Read Hazardous Materials Symbols And What They Mean

Explosions. Burns. Changes to DNA. These are all things possible with hazardous and toxic materials. It’s a complicated and dangerous waste stream, but it's something RoadRunner has extensive experience with. Each label is a warning, letting employees and waste haulers understand what they’re dealing with. Having a better understanding of these symbols can help your business’s waste stream management.

  Explosions. Burns. Changes to DNA. These are all things possible with hazardous and toxic materials. It’s a complicated and dangerous waste stream, but it's something RoadRunner has extensive experience with. There are nine pictograms OSHA established for these substances. Each one is a warning label, letting employees and waste haulers understand what they’re dealing with. Having a better understanding of these symbols can help your business’s waste stream management. We explain what the OSHA Hazard Communication Pictograms are and the dangers posed by each.

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5 Potential Impacts to Waste From The Inflation Reduction Act

It might not be long before electric recycling trucks are rolling through your neighborhood, thanks in part to the Inflation Reduction Act. It touches nearly every aspect of America’s climate policy. Among the industries that stand to be greatly affected is waste management. In this week’s blog, we explain what the Act is and five big impacts waste management could soon be dealing with.

  It might not be long before electric recycling trucks are rolling through your neighborhood, thanks in part to the Inflation Reduction Act. It touches nearly every aspect of America’s climate policy. From offshore wind leasing to carbon capture, and from electric vehicles to corporate climate reporting, it is a sweeping piece of legislation. Among the industries that stand to be greatly affected by the Inflation Reduction Act is waste management. In this week’s blog, we explain what the Act is and five big impacts waste management could soon be dealing with.

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Your Business Can Pull the Plug on These 3 E-Waste Problems

We throw out some of the world’s most valuable materials at record numbers because they’re part of what makes electronic devices work. We’re swimming in a sea of charging cables, battery indicators, touch screens, and headphones. Electronic or e-waste is one of the fastest growing waste streams in the world. It’s a major threat to our planet and human health. We break down what e-waste is, three reasons we have to do a better job dealing with it, and some solutions for your business.

  Each year, your business might toss several pounds of gold in the trash. As of late August, an ounce of gold was valued at $1,743. Would you try to get that gold back out of the trash bins now? We throw out some of the world’s most valuable materials at record numbers because they’re part of what makes electronic devices work. We’re swimming in a sea of charging cables, battery indicators, touch screens, and headphones. When that technology gets outdated or the device breaks, we throw them out with the trash. Electronic or e-waste is one of the fastest growing waste streams in the world. It’s a major threat to our planet and human health and contributes to climate change. We break down what e-waste is, three reasons we have to do a better job dealing with it, and some solutions for your business.   CLICK HERE to see how RoadRunner can help your business deal with e-waste!

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How Colleges and Universities Can Overcome 3 Waste Challenges

From mountains of cans to piles of pizza boxes, colleges and universities stand to play an important role when it comes to managing waste. Campuses are unique in that their waste management plans can change with the seasons. They’re a hive of activity one month, and then once the semester ends it can be nearly empty. Universities can serve as a model to the community on how to manage waste in an ever-changing landscape. Now is the perfect time for higher education to take an in-depth look at waste management.

  From mountains of cans to piles of pizza boxes, colleges and universities stand to play an important role when it comes to managing waste. Campuses are unique in that their waste management plans can change with the seasons. They’re a hive of activity one month, and then once the semester ends it can be nearly empty. Universities can serve as a model to the community on how to manage waste in an ever-changing landscape.   With autumn around the corner and students back to rushing between classes, now is the perfect time for higher education to take an in-depth look at waste management.    CLICK HERE to see how RoadRunner can work for your school, college, or university!

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5 Ways Your Business Benefits from Better Waste & Recycling Management

Every business generates waste. When you understand the impact waste management can have on a business's bottom line, the value in doing a better job with it becomes immediately clear. Improperly dealing with waste can affect everything from a business’s reputation to the amount of trash that winds up in the ocean or landfill. It has also become a global concern, going far beyond “it’s just the right thing to do.”

  Every business generates waste. It’s a fact of life like the weather changing and taxes. When you understand the impact waste management can have on a business's bottom line, the value in doing a better job with it becomes immediately clear. Roughly 300 million metric tons of plastic waste are created every year across the globe. Improperly dealing with waste can affect everything from a business’s reputation to the amount of trash that winds up in the ocean or landfill. It has also become a global concern, going far beyond “it’s just the right thing to do.”   >>>READ MORE: What your business needs to know about specialized waste

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Merge Passion & Purpose Into A Rapidly Growing Green Technology Career

The green technology career field encompasses a wide range of positions, from wind turbine technicians to software engineers, and construction managers to public relations specialists. Several careers in this arena are projected to experience rapid growth by the end of the decade. We’re getting into just what makes up green technology, why it’s a great time for a career in the field, and some of the fastest growing positions in the coming years.

 

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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.

  Specialized waste can be harmful to employees and the environment. However, the various categories can be confusing. We’re here to reduce your confusion with a quick and helpful breakdown of the categories and the impacts they can have. Most businesses generate some form of specialized waste. This waste requires special handling and disposal due to the potentially harmful properties of the materials. Specialized waste breaks down into:  Hazardous waste Special waste Medical waste Chemical waste Each specialized waste category has unique characteristics to classify. Let’s look at each type of specialized waste, what makes them unique, and why it’s important to properly dispose of these materials.

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Does Composting Make Sense For Your Business? How To Get Started

What if we told you that instead of tossing your lunch scraps into the garbage can at your office, you could recycle them into something that saves money, improves employee morale, and helps the environment? The EPA estimates that 63.1 million tons of food waste were generated in 2018. More than half of that was sent to landfills where it does not break down well and releases huge amounts of methane. The EPA believes food waste is having a major impact on global warming.

 

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Case Study: How RoadRunner’s Custom Green Solutions Dazzled Pittsburgh Pride Organizers

The 2022 Pittsburgh Pride Revolution was an enormous success on two fronts. Tens of thousands turned out to display their true colors in a celebration of community. RoadRunner’s in-depth planning driven by our green technology engine meant waste management plans went off without a hitch. 

 

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