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

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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Landfills: We're Running Out of Space

All over the country, subterranean garbage heaps called landfills are rising, fueled by the 292.4 million tons of municipal solid waste (MSW) the US produces each year. For many Americans, “out of sight, out of mind” is good enough. But inevitably, major problems will surface. From hazardous waste to running out of space, we may be overwhelmed by the rising cost of landfills this century.

This post was originally posted March 2018 and has updated with recent data and analysis March 2021. What if we told you the biggest cover-up operation in America had to do with where we send trash? All over the country, subterranean garbage heaps called landfills are rising, fueled by the 292.4 million tons of municipal solid waste (MSW) the US produces each year.  According to the EPA, in 2018, almost half of that trash (49.997%) went to landfills around the country. Worse, yearly MSW production has been steadily climbing, year over year since recording first began in the 1960s—and the US has never had a national recycling rate (recovered material + composting) higher than 35%. For many Americans, “out of sight, out of mind” is good enough. But inevitably, major problems will surface. From hazardous waste to running out of space, we may be overwhelmed by the rising cost of landfills this century.

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Minimizing Waste at Stadiums & Arenas

The consistent output of waste makes recycling a great opportunity for stadiums and arenas! Read on to learn how stadiums and arenas can best recycle and minimize their waste.

  The start of the football season is officially here, so we are diving into the whole nine yards of stadium and arena recycling. Stadiums and arenas hold major events including sporting events (football, baseball, hockey, basketball), big-name concerts, and other large functions. It's shocking how much waste is generated in restaurants, bars, souvenir stands, stores, concession stands, and seating areas throughout the facilities. The consistent output of waste makes recycling a great opportunity for stadiums and arenas! Since the start of the football season was a couple of weeks ago, RoadRunner wanted to get involved the best way we know how, so we're going to cover how stadiums and arenas can best recycle and minimize their waste.

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Hospitals Are Going Green To Reduce Waste

American hospitals produce an average of 5.9 million tons of waste per year. Discover how they are reducing and recycling their solid waste to preserve the health of their patients, their communities, and the planet.

  Hospitals large and small output an incredible amount of waste and by-products everyday, equivalent to that of a small town. In fact, American hospitals generate nearly 6,600 tons of waste everyday. The wide range of services they provide means the materials they generate vary from cardboard and mixed paper, newspapers, magazines, glass, plastic bottles, and medical & hazardous waste. Many hospitals have found that reducing and recycling their solid waste has preserved the health of their patients, their communities, and the planet. Read on to learn how hospitals are reducing their environmental footprint by reducing waste.

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Here's What You Should Know About Single-Stream Recycling

Learn why the single-stream recycling method isn’t working, and how your business can make its collection method more efficient.

  What's the deal with single-stream recycling? Single-stream recycling refers to the process of collecting all materials (paper, plastic, metals, glass, cardboard) in the same bag or recycling bin. Many companies have adopted this process because of its simplicity. However, the convenience comes at a cost. Continue reading to learn why the single-stream process isn't working, and how your business can make its collection method more efficient.

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The Past 5 Decades of Recycling

Have you ever wondered how recycling got its start? We’ve put together an outline of recycling trends throughout the past 5 decades. Read on to learn more.

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How to Marie Kondo Your Office Without Feeding the Landfill

Ever feel like your cubicle could inspire a new season of Hoarders: Office Edition? Read on for our ‘waste not, want not’ approach, and how to become a minimalist without feeding the landfill.

    Ever feel like your cubicle could inspire a new season of Hoarders: Office Edition? Know that "Spring Cleaning" is a thing, but feel distinctly unmotivated to do anything about it? We at RoadRunner HQ were equally disinclined to clean house. That is, until we were introduced to "The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up," and decided to apply our resident garbologist's green lens to the motivational 'KonMarie' method. Read on for our 'waste not, want not' approach, and how to become a minimalist without feeding the landfill.  

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The Garbologist is In: A Brief History of Garbage

Let’s consider the concept of “garbage” for a minute… What comes to mind? Read on as we dumpster dive into this deeply ingrained process.

    Just for fun, because it's Thursday and we deserve a treat, let's have a think on the concept of "garbage"... Consider: a candy bar wrapper, an empty soda bottle, and the newspaper you read last Sunday. What do they all have in common? For starters, each is a vehicle for something you want to consume, be it processed sugars or world news. And once you've had your fill, the container becomes secondary thought - its purpose is suddenly complete and so it is re-categorized as "waste." Read on as we dumpster dive into this deeply ingrained process.

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