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How To Read Hazardous Materials Symbols And What They Mean

Explosions. Burns. Changes to DNA. These are all things possible with hazardous and toxic materials. It’s a complicated and dangerous waste stream, but it's something RoadRunner has extensive experience with. Each label is a warning, letting employees and waste haulers understand what they’re dealing with. Having a better understanding of these symbols can help your business’s waste stream management.

  Explosions. Burns. Changes to DNA. These are all things possible with hazardous and toxic materials. It’s a complicated and dangerous waste stream, but it's something RoadRunner has extensive experience with. There are nine pictograms OSHA established for these substances. Each one is a warning label, letting employees and waste haulers understand what they’re dealing with. Having a better understanding of these symbols can help your business’s waste stream management. We explain what the OSHA Hazard Communication Pictograms are and the dangers posed by each.

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5 Potential Impacts to Waste From The Inflation Reduction Act

It might not be long before electric recycling trucks are rolling through your neighborhood, thanks in part to the Inflation Reduction Act. It touches nearly every aspect of America’s climate policy. Among the industries that stand to be greatly affected is waste management. In this week’s blog, we explain what the Act is and five big impacts waste management could soon be dealing with.

  It might not be long before electric recycling trucks are rolling through your neighborhood, thanks in part to the Inflation Reduction Act. It touches nearly every aspect of America’s climate policy. From offshore wind leasing to carbon capture, and from electric vehicles to corporate climate reporting, it is a sweeping piece of legislation. Among the industries that stand to be greatly affected by the Inflation Reduction Act is waste management. In this week’s blog, we explain what the Act is and five big impacts waste management could soon be dealing with.

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Your Business Can Pull the Plug on These 3 E-Waste Problems

We throw out some of the world’s most valuable materials at record numbers because they’re part of what makes electronic devices work. We’re swimming in a sea of charging cables, battery indicators, touch screens, and headphones. Electronic or e-waste is one of the fastest growing waste streams in the world. It’s a major threat to our planet and human health. We break down what e-waste is, three reasons we have to do a better job dealing with it, and some solutions for your business.

  Each year, your business might toss several pounds of gold in the trash. As of late August, an ounce of gold was valued at $1,743. Would you try to get that gold back out of the trash bins now? We throw out some of the world’s most valuable materials at record numbers because they’re part of what makes electronic devices work. We’re swimming in a sea of charging cables, battery indicators, touch screens, and headphones. When that technology gets outdated or the device breaks, we throw them out with the trash. Electronic or e-waste is one of the fastest growing waste streams in the world. It’s a major threat to our planet and human health and contributes to climate change. We break down what e-waste is, three reasons we have to do a better job dealing with it, and some solutions for your business.   CLICK HERE to see how RoadRunner can help your business deal with e-waste!

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How Colleges and Universities Can Overcome 3 Waste Challenges

From mountains of cans to piles of pizza boxes, colleges and universities stand to play an important role when it comes to managing waste. Campuses are unique in that their waste management plans can change with the seasons. They’re a hive of activity one month, and then once the semester ends it can be nearly empty. Universities can serve as a model to the community on how to manage waste in an ever-changing landscape. Now is the perfect time for higher education to take an in-depth look at waste management.

  From mountains of cans to piles of pizza boxes, colleges and universities stand to play an important role when it comes to managing waste. Campuses are unique in that their waste management plans can change with the seasons. They’re a hive of activity one month, and then once the semester ends it can be nearly empty. Universities can serve as a model to the community on how to manage waste in an ever-changing landscape.   With autumn around the corner and students back to rushing between classes, now is the perfect time for higher education to take an in-depth look at waste management.    CLICK HERE to see how RoadRunner can work for your school, college, or university!

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5 Ways Your Business Benefits from Better Waste & Recycling Management

Every business generates waste. When you understand the impact waste management can have on a business's bottom line, the value in doing a better job with it becomes immediately clear. Improperly dealing with waste can affect everything from a business’s reputation to the amount of trash that winds up in the ocean or landfill. It has also become a global concern, going far beyond “it’s just the right thing to do.”

  Every business generates waste. It’s a fact of life like the weather changing and taxes. When you understand the impact waste management can have on a business's bottom line, the value in doing a better job with it becomes immediately clear. Roughly 300 million metric tons of plastic waste are created every year across the globe. Improperly dealing with waste can affect everything from a business’s reputation to the amount of trash that winds up in the ocean or landfill. It has also become a global concern, going far beyond “it’s just the right thing to do.”   >>>READ MORE: What your business needs to know about specialized waste

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Does Composting Make Sense For Your Business? How To Get Started

What if we told you that instead of tossing your lunch scraps into the garbage can at your office, you could recycle them into something that saves money, improves employee morale, and helps the environment? The EPA estimates that 63.1 million tons of food waste were generated in 2018. More than half of that was sent to landfills where it does not break down well and releases huge amounts of methane. The EPA believes food waste is having a major impact on global warming.

 

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Trust in Recycling is Dropping, Clean-Stream Programs Can Help

Waste secretly rules our businesses. We have to figure out how to manage it, where to take it, and what happens to it. Besides sending it to the landfill, recycling is another viable option. It means items made from plastic, paper, cardboard, and metal can be broken down and used to create new products. How confident is your business that what you’re putting into the recycling bins is being recycled instead of sent to the landfill?

 

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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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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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