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Helping businesses improve their waste diversion & recycling efforts, one post at a time!

Recycling Myths, Busted.

Pop quiz time: Are bottle caps recyclable? Do materials need separated for recycling? Will biodegradable items decompose in landfill? Chances are, these questions have been brought up at your workplace before. We get it; recycling can be confusing, and sometimes it can seem impossible to find reliable answers to these questions. In this post, we bust some of the top recycling myths that you may have been wondering about to help your business recycle more successfully!

  Pop quiz time: Are bottle caps recyclable? Do materials need separated for recycling? Will biodegradable items decompose in landfill? Chances are, these questions have been brought up at your workplace before. We get it; recycling can be confusing, and sometimes it can seem impossible to find reliable answers to these questions. That's where RoadRunner comes in! In this post, we bust some of the top recycling myths that you may have been wondering about to help your business recycle more successfully!

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Everything You Need To Know About Global Recycling Day 2020!

On March 18th, 2020 the world will come together to celebrate Global Recycling Day: a day dedicated to recognizing and celebrating the importance that recycling plays in preserving our natural resources and securing the future of our planet. In our latest blog post, we're exploring the people, places, and activities that are contributing to a more sustainable planet and embracing the circular economy concept.

 

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What is Wishcycling?

Whether you realize it or not, there's a good chance you and your co-workers have all wishcycled before. Trust me, we get it! You don't want to generate more waste, so you throw your coffee cups or pizza boxes into the recycling bin, hoping that some way, somehow, they end up being recycled. In the recycling industry, we refer to this act as wishcycling. Even though it seems like the right thing to do, wishcycling is one of the biggest challenges facing the recycling industry.

  Whether you realize it or not, there's a good chance you and your co-workers have all wishcycled before. Trust me, we get it! You don't want to generate more waste, so you throw your coffee cups or pizza boxes into the recycling bin, hoping that some way, somehow, they end up being recycled. Here at RoadRunner and throughout the recycling industry, we refer to this act as wishcycling. Even though it seems like the right thing to do, wishcycling is one of the biggest challenges facing the recycling industry. In this blog post, we further define wishcycling, the impacts it has on the recycling industry, and what steps you can take to break the habit.

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Opening Up About the Environmental Friendliness of Packaging Materials

Product packaging requires a significant amount of raw materials, and now more than ever, we need to prioritize using efficient and sustainable packaging materials. In this post, we take a deep dive into the packaging industry to determine the eco-friendliness of common packaging materials and what major brands are doing to minimize their environmental impact.

From food wrappers, to Amazon boxes, to drink bottles, to toothpaste tubes, most of us don't realize the extent to which product packaging is built into our everyday lives. Product packaging requires a significant amount of raw materials, and now more than ever, we need to prioritize using efficient and sustainable packaging materials. In this post, we take a deep dive into the packaging industry to determine the eco-friendliness of common packaging materials and what major brands are doing to minimize their environmental impact. Continue reading to learn more!

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What Is a Circular Economy?

For a long time, our economy has been linear, but in order to preserve natural resources and reduce the amount of waste we generate, our economy must become circular. In this post, we cover everything you need to know about why we need to transition away from a linear economy, why it's time to start thinking circular, and which brands are embracing the circular economy concept. Read our blog post to learn more about the circular economy.

 

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How To Become Your Business's Eco-Ambassador

Do you cringe every time you see one of your well-meaning coworkers toss a recyclable container into the trash? Do the intricacies of our nation's recycling system leave you agitated? Or maybe you generally have recycling on the brain. If any of those resonate with you, Eco-Ambassador may be the role for you! Continue reading for our tips on implementing a successful Eco-Ambassador program.

 

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Team Building Ideas for A More Sustainable Workplace

Team building exercises in the corporate environment go a long way in fostering the problem-solving skills, confidence, and motivation to employees that businesses need to thrive. Many organizations use them to encourage environmental awareness, and build excitement around initiatives. Here are seven team building activities to help strengthen your sustainability program.

 

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Why We Scream for Clean-Stream

At RoadRunner Recycling, we scream for clean-stream! When it comes to separating materials, retaining their value, and responsibly disposing of them, clean-stream is far and away the best method for doing so. There's a whole lot of good to shout about here - read on to learn more about the recycling debate and why we're team clean-stream all the way! In the comments, let us know how your office likes to recycle and if you use the clean-stream method!

  At RoadRunner Recycling, we scream for clean-stream! When it comes to separating materials, retaining their value, and responsibly disposing of them, clean-stream is far and away the best method for doing so. There's a whole lot of good to shout about here - read on to learn more about the recycling debate and why we're team clean-stream all the way!

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The 5 R's: Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Repurpose, Recycle

According to the 5 R's, four actions should be taken, if possible, prior to 'recycling': refuse, reduce, reuse, repurpose, and then recycle. Incorporating this methodology into your business' waste reduction and recycling efforts will minimize landfill waste and help take your recycling program to the next level. In this post, we explain each of the 5 R's and the benefits of putting them into practice at your business.

Recycling is usually number one on our list, but today, it's last... According to the 5 R's, four actions should be taken, if possible, prior to 'recycling': refuse, reduce, reuse, repurpose, and then recycle. Incorporating this methodology into your business' waste reduction and recycling efforts will minimize landfill waste and help take your recycling program to the next level. In this post, we explain each of the 5 R's and the benefits of putting them into practice at your business.  

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