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

How Businesses Can Help The Plastic Problem in the World's Oceans

Our oceans are cluttered with plastic pollution. Not only is it unsightly, but this impacts the health of our ocean, contributes to rising temperatures, and even affects the quality of our diet. In this post, we explore how we got here, and what businesses can do to help reduce the amount of plastic that ends up in the ocean.

  The sun beats down as you gaze out over the cobalt blue ocean. The thunderous waves continue their relentless pounding as you curl your toes into the hot sand. Breathing in the warm salty air tickles your nose while you lean back in your beach chair. Here and there along the shore, you come across a half-buried plastic bag, an empty soda bottle coughed onto the sand, and an old fishing net lazily bobbing in the surf.    For many of us, this is the extent of our experience with ocean garbage. On vacation at our favorite beach spots, we might come across some evidence of trash once in a while. But that’s barely scratching the surface of the problem. Like particle physics, it’s hard for us to wrap our heads around the amount of trash floating around our blue planet without interacting with it or seeing it. 

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What the New SEC Emissions Proposal Means for Your Company

We break down the new U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission SEC emissions proposal, what the differences are between scope 1, scope 2, and scope 3 emissions, and what this means for your business

  The wild west of environmentally-conscious investing could soon become a bit tamer. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is looking to step into the arena with a new proposal about reporting greenhouse gas emissions for certain companies. At RoadRunner, we want to make sure you know this is on the horizon.

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Green Solutions for Businesses to Stay Profitable and Fight Climate Change

Investing in the planet is no longer just a trendy thing for enterprises to consider. Climate change predictions mean mounting problems with the potential to upend profitability and supply chains. Green technologies can pave the way for you to show that what is good for the planet is actually good for your business at the same time. 

  Investing in the planet is no longer just a trendy thing for enterprises to consider. Climate change predictions mean mounting problems with the potential to upend profitability and supply chains. Green technologies can pave the way for you to show that what is good for the planet is actually good for your business at the same time. 

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Food Waste Transformed into a Controversial New Fuel

As garden and farmer’s market season approaches, you may have some renewed interest in composting. The benefits of food waste may stretch far beyond growing veggies. There’s a growing interest from many states across the country in turning compost and wastewater into Biogas and Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) for fuel.

 

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Earth Hour Changes Can Last a Lifetime

What started as a lights-out event expanded into a global event to raise awareness for climate change. Earth Hour is held every year on the last Saturday in March at 8:30 pm. The event has evolved far past switching off lights toward a global movement to raise awareness for the climate. Earth Hour is a great time to consider what we can do For the Greener Good.

  What started as a lights-out event expanded into a global event to raise awareness for climate change. Earth Hour is held every year on the last Saturday in March at 8:30 pm. The event has evolved far past switching off lights toward a global movement to raise awareness for the climate. Earth Hour is a great time to consider what we can do For the Greener GoodTM.

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Why Green Tech Careers are Essential to Preserving Our World

Our development and implementation of new technologies are paving the way for a zero-waste world, and it’s driven by our first-class technology team.

  It’s no secret that there’s a need in the world today for major advances in sustainable initiatives. While the waste and recycling industry struggles to evolve, RoadRunner is trailblazing a path that allows for businesses large and small to efficiently divert 99% of their recyclables from the landfill and save money in the process. Our development and implementation of new technologies are paving the way for a zero-waste world, and it’s driven by our first-class technology team.

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5 Steps Businesses Can Take to Fight Climate Change

After a revelatory IPCC report, climate change is once again in the public spotlight. We examine how its potential impacts affect both the planet and business world, providing tips for taking action.

This post was originally published by Shelby Bell in June 2020 and has been updated. With each new sunrise, the prospect of work brings another day, another dollar. And for many, the honest work we do day in and day out may be rooted in tradition—operating with practices as old as the organization itself. But everything that works for us, be it ho-hum or windfall, has come into question now that the Earth has stopped acting like it’s business as usual. Debated for its existence, severity, and real impacts, climate change has been thrust into the spotlight once again with a new message for businesses: innovate... or else. As the thermostat rises, clock ticks, and whatever other metaphors are used in sensational headlines about a societal SOS, many business owners are lining up to ask “what can I do about climate change?”  The answer is not as easy as flicking a switch. In fact, it might be like rewiring the entire breaker box. But, as you’ll see, the decisions we must make are no longer a line in the sand. In today’s heated world, the most sustainable choices will become the most profitable. Note: if you already know about climate change, you can jump right to our 5 sustainable steps to fight it!

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Why Does Hot Weather Make Waste Management More Difficult?

From pests and smells to fires and service delays, the biggest problems for routine waste and recycling service pop up during periods of hot weather.

  Summer is the time to splurge on vacation days, long lunches, and company picnics for many businesses, but there’s no fun in the sun for commercial waste and recycling services. While the postal service might curse the falling of rain, snow, or sleet, the biggest problems for routine waste collection and disposal pop up during the heat. Now, with the historic heat waves of the US and Canada increasing and intensifying, the table is set for unprecedented challenges in waste management. While foul odors, pests, and overflowing trash plague the business side, hot weather wreaks even more havoc on the industry. Dealing with service delays, mechanical failure, and landfills primed like powder kegs, hot weather can turn the process into a real dumpster fire—for everyone involved. However, a little preparation and precaution can make all the difference during the sweltering season, and these are the things your business should know (and prepare for) to beat the heat.

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10 Environmental & Sustainability Initiatives to Know This Year

In this post, we’re covering some of the year's most impactful environmental, recycling, and sustainability initiatives in the business world.

  Sustainability is an undeniable cause, a ubiquitous movement, and now, an expected undertaking for businesses. If your company doesn’t practice it, it risks losing both perception and profits. The broad, admirable movements of environmentalism and sustainability, however, are veering dangerously toward becoming buzzwords in the business world. And that’s because of greenwashing: the act of convincing the public (sometimes deceptively) that one’s products and policies are environmentally friendly… when, technically, they’re not. As a waste and recycling management operator at the intersection of environmentalism and sustainability, RoadRunner’s position and experience allow us some perspective. While corporate sustainability announcements occur every day, this year, there have been some major developments in legislation, corporate social responsibility (CSR), and in society as a whole that we think are legitimate and meaningful—and may even inspire your business to create a sustainability story of its own. These are the 10 stories you need to follow this year.

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