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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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Do Plastic Bag Bans Work? The Green Reasons for More Education

The movement to ban single-use plastic bags across the globe is growing as more cities, states, and countries see them as an environmental mess instead of a handy way to carry things. Despite this idea gaining traction, there are some fringe consequences. We’ll take a look at the good, the bad, and the better ways to go with these bags to have the greatest impact on saving the environment.

  The movement to ban single-use plastic bags across the globe is growing as more cities, states, and countries see them as an environmental mess instead of a handy way to carry things. Despite this idea gaining traction, there are some fringe consequences.  We’ll take a look at the good, the bad, and the better ways to go with these bags to have the greatest impact on saving the environment.

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The Green Goals Behind ESG Investing

Maybe you've heard the term "ESG rating" but aren't sure what that is. In this post, we explain what ESG stands for, break down how the score is calculated, and why ESG ratings are important to investing.

  An office building is implementing a custom, clean-stream recycling program. Your company may place a high priority on diversity, equity, and inclusion when it comes to promoting employees within the company. Another enterprise may consistently donate to a particular political party and have its own lobbyists at all levels of government to secure its own interests. All of these things and more factor into what is known as an ESG rating.

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Answers to Some Common Recycling Questions

Here at RoadRunner, we know the whole recycling process can be very confusing. That’s why we wanted to simplify it for you and answer some of the more common questions surrounding recycling. 

  Here at RoadRunner, we know the whole recycling process can be very confusing. That’s why we wanted to simplify it for you and answer some of the more common questions surrounding recycling.  Commonly asked questions   What is Recycling? Is it really beneficial for the environment? I've seen headlines that recycling isn't cost-effective. What does that mean? Can recycling help my business? What's the difference between single-stream and clean-stream recycling? What can be recycled? What can NOT be recycled? Why can't I put plastic bags in my recycling bin? What should I do with my pizza box? Are clothes and shoes recyclable? The arrows on a plastic container mean it is recyclable, right? What happens after they collect the items from my recycling bin? What can be made from the stuff in my recycling bin?

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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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What Is Recycling Contamination?

 Did you know, a single contaminated material can end up sending an entire batch of recyclables to landfill? Contamination is an issue that significantly reduces the value of recyclable materials and renders them non-recyclable. In our latest blog post, we detail which common contaminates to look out for and the best practices for keeping your recyclables clean. Continue reading to learn more.

  Did you know that a single contaminated material can end up sending an entire batch of recyclables to the landfill? Not only that, but your business might incur a contamination fee as a result. Contamination occurs when an item or material makes its way into a recycling container but is difficult, or impossible, to process at a Materials Recovery Facility (MRF). This can happen by accident or through wishycling, which is when we think a certain material can be salvaged, but unfortunately causes more harm than good when placed in a recycling container. Thankfully, contamination is preventable, and all it takes is a little education and understanding. In this post, we detail which contaminates to look out for and the best practices for keeping your recyclables clean.

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Why It's Important To Break Down Cardboard Waste

Are you aware of the consequences that arise from not breaking down your cardboard for disposal? In this blog post, we've assembled a helpful resource that details why 'breaking it down' is important, how properly doing so could create a revenue source for businesses, as well as the best practices to leverage for your cardboard waste.

  In the United States and the EU alone, around 80 percent of all products sold are packaged in cardboard. However, a shocking 850 million tonnes of paper and cardboard are thrown away and end up in landfills across the United States annually. Moreover, if you’re measuring this material estimate during the holiday season, the total amount of cardboard waste generated increases by more than 25% of the normal average. Even more shocking is the EPA’s recent estimate that states paper and cardboard materials represent the largest component of municipal solid waste. Why does this matter? If you’re a business owner or manager, chances are you generate a lot of cardboard waste—from office supplies to shipping and logistics, or recurring Amazon deliveries—it’s unavoidable. And if you aren’t disposing of your cardboard properly, like the majority of folks who add this material to their trash heap, you’re missing an opportunity to not only be more environmentally friendly but also save money on your waste bill. In this blog post, we share a quick and helpful resource that details why 'breaking it down' is important, how properly doing so could add green to your organization’s bottom line, as well as the best practices to leverage to better dispose of your business’s cardboard waste.

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What's the Difference Between Upcycling and Downcycling?

For manufacturers and producers, time is money and haste makes waste. But what if time was invested to transform trash into treasure? While recycling is the de facto choice for circularity, many companies are turning to “upcycling” and “downcycling” to reduce burgeoning waste management fees and cut their carbon footprint.

  In American manufacturing, operations make margins by making haste. And all along the products’ life cycles—design to production to consumption—that urgency creates costly waste. It’s no secret that waste is a problem for the United States. Despite accounting for only 4% of the global population, the U.S. accounts for nearly 12% of global waste production and recycles significantly less (about 32%) than any other developed nation. Part of our shortcomings have stemmed from a myopic view of recycling. While the most common form of recycling sees products broken down and formed into the same or similar products, the practices of “upcycling” and “downcycling” have become creative and sustainable ways to employ valuable materials and preserve natural resources. From residual food and textile scraps to plastic bags and old cardboard, the second life for many materials is a fork in the road—and, up or down, both lead to an opportunity to drastically reduce waste.

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The Golden Rules of Recycling

Like learning how to do your taxes and understanding the housing market, the golden rules of recycling were conspicuously absent from most Americans’ formal education. However, learning some basics can improve your business's recycling rate exponentially!

  Like doing your taxes and DIY home improvement, there’s a certain amount of guesswork that goes into Americans’ recycling practices. And like the first two, it comes with consequences. The majority of Americans are ill-prepared, ill-informed, and ill-advised when it comes to recycling, lacking the guiding principles and educational building blocks that form an efficient, successful system. The considerable gap in comprehension contributes to a national recycling rate that’s never topped 35% and a quarter of every collection is lost to contamination. Yet, if every U.S. citizen had committed just a few general principles—or even some bare necessities—to memory the same way we all learned classroom respect and the order of operations (PEMDAS, remember?), America’s recycling system would shine brighter. Fresh out of school or 40 years on the job, it’s never too late to learn the golden rules of recycling.

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