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

The Life Cycle Of Recyclables

In this post, we wanted to focus on the 'full picture' of recycling, so we created an infographic that details the series of events that occur during the life cycle of your recyclable materials - from generation, to consumption, to turning the recyclables back into new products.

  If you're a frequent reader of our blog, you know we like to include interesting recycling tidbits in our posts, like the fact that you can recycle an aluminum can, and after only 60 days, it will be back on a store shelf. Or for every ton of mixed paper that is recycled, 17 trees are saved. In this post, we wanted to focus on the 'full picture' of recycling, so we created an infographic that details the series of events that occur during the life cycle of your recyclable materials - from generation, to consumption, to turning the recyclables back into new products. Let us know what you think in the comments below and please share with your colleagues who would be interested in learning more about this!

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The Ultimate Guide To The Dos And Don'ts Of Recycling

Have you ever found yourself struggling to grasp the dos and don't of recycling? Check out our newest blog post to learn why recycling tends to be confusing, and how reviewing the dos and don'ts of recycling will help your business maximize the positive impact of your recycling efforts.

  If you've ever found yourself struggling to grasp the dos and don't of recycling, you're not alone. The truth is, recycling best practices change from business to business and city by city. It can be difficult to understand and keep up with the dos and don'ts while your busy focusing on what's most important for your business. An article from HuffPost references a new study by the Grocery Manufacturing Association (GMA) which found 92% of respondents were unclear about what they should put in the recycling bin. So how do you make the dos and don't of recycling more clear for yourself and your employees? It's easier than you think! Continue reading to learn why recycling tends to be confusing for most people, and how spending a few minutes reviewing the dos and don'ts of recycling will help your business maximize the positive impact of your recycling efforts.

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The Benefits Of Using Centralized Collection Points At Businesses

Most business owners or property managers we speak with are surprised when we tell them exchanging desk-side bins for a centralized collection point can improve their staff’s recycling habits and increase diversion!

  Are you disappointed every time you see a coworker toss a recyclable bottle into their personal trash can? Or do you feel like your colleagues are simply accustomed to throwing away waste below their desks without a second thought? If these questions strike a chord, then this post is for you. Most business owners or property managers we speak with are surprised when we explain that exchanging desk-side bins for a centralized collection point can improve their staff’s recycling habits and increase diversion! If this sounds like something that could help improve your business’ recycling efforts, then continue reading to learn more!

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The Positive Impacts of Recycling

Many of the businesses we work with strive to recycle as much as possible, but they struggle to understand how to quantify and/or truly measure the impact of their recycling efforts. In this post, we dive into the environmental impact of recycling and share some helpful tips to quantify the impact your business is making.

  Many of the businesses we work with strive to recycle as much as possible, but they struggle to understand how to quantify and/or truly measure the impact of their recycling efforts. If this is a situation you often find yourself in, you’ve come to the right place! In this post, we dive into the environmental impact of recycling and share some helpful tips to quantify the impact your business is making.

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Happy Earth Day 2019!

Happy Earth Day from RoadRunner Recycling! It's the perfect opportunity for businesses, schools, teams, and communities to come together to commemorate the earth and help bring attention to environmental needs. In our post, you will learn more about the holiday, how you can get involved, and how to treat every day like Earth Day!

  April 22, 2019 marks the 49th anniversary of Earth Day, a day dedicated to celebrating and protecting our beautiful planet. It's the perfect opportunity for businesses, schools, teams, and communities to come together to commemorate the earth and help bring attention to environmental needs. This year's theme, "Protect Our Species" aims to raise awareness about the growing list of endangered species and how we can save them from extinction. Continue reading to learn more about the holiday and this year's theme, how you can get involved, and how to treat every day like Earth Day!

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Zero the Hero: The ABC's of Zero Waste to Landfill

Achieving Zero Waste can feel like an impossible task, so we took a deep dive into the seemingly Utopian grandeur of the Zero Waste movement. Read our latest blog post to learn how businesses can recycle more, use less and save money, all by implementing a Zero Waste program.

  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 movement, and found there's a lot more philosophy behind the phrase than its rigid nomenclature would suggest. Read on to learn about how businesses of every size and shape can recycle more, use less and save money, all by implementing a "Zero Waste" program.

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7 Spring Cleaning Tips For Your Business

Spring has arrived and it’s time to kick off spring cleaning efforts in your office! Tidying up the office is great for productivity and promoting better waste reduction practices. Check out our latest blog post for helpful tips to manage your office waste and create a healthier, more sustainable workplace.

  With everything office workers have on their plates, cleaning up their work station probably isn't a main priority, but tidying up the office is great for productivity and promoting better waste reduction practices. Now that spring has officially sprung, it is the perfect time to kick off the spring cleaning efforts in your office! From coffee cups, to cardboard boxes, to electronic waste, read on for helpful tips and ideas to manage these items for a healthier, more sustainable work space.

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manufacturing: recycling challenges & opportunities

We created this post to help you understand the unique challenges involved with recycling in the manufacturing industry and what you can do to streamline your operations, increase diversion from landfill, and control costs.

  Manufacturing businesses in the United States generate an estimated 7.6 billion tons of waste every year. Simply put, waste & recycling for manufacturers should not follow a one-size-fits-all approach. Developing systems for managing the wide-range and high volume of waste materials can be rather challenging. We created this post to help you understand the unique challenges involved with recycling in the manufacturing industry and what you can do to streamline your operations, increase diversion from landfill, and control costs.

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How the #Trashtag Challenge is inspiring a global effort to clean up our environment

We never imagined we'd be compelled to cover the latest 'internet challenge' on our blog, but that all changed earlier this month when we came across the #Trashtag challenge.

  We never imagined we'd be compelled to cover the latest 'internet challenge' on our blog, but that all changed earlier this month when we came across the #Trashtag. With over 324,000 shares on Facebook, and 38,000 tagged posts on Instagram, the #Trashtag challenge is inspiring people all over the world to clean up trash in their communities. With hopes of motivating our readers to participate, we wanted to share some more information about the challenge and the positive impact it's making on our environment. Leave us a comment if you've completed the #Trashtag challenge & share your favorite photos with us.

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