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

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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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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5 Easy Ways Your Business Can Celebrate Earth Day

Every year on April 22, people around the world celebrate Earth Day, the modern environmental movement created in the 1970s. What does that mean for your business? This day gives you a chance to have an impact on the future of the planet and learn about the small changes that can truly have a major impact.

  Every year on April 22, people around the world celebrate Earth Day, the modern environmental movement created in the 1970s. What does that mean for your business? This day gives you a chance to have an impact on the future of the planet and learn about the small changes that can truly have a major impact. What is Earth Day? Recognized as the largest secular observance in the world, more than a billion people mark the day as a chance to change human behavior and impact public policy to ensure sustainability. Earth Day now celebrates the work people are doing to help save the planet, and highlights the work that still needs to be done.   Here are 5 easy things your business can do to mark Earth Day this year:

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Celebrate Spring Holidays with Eco-Friendly Ideas

From egg hunts, to the massive amounts of candy, to Peter Cottontail hopping around; there’s a lot for many of us to celebrate in the spring season. If we want this yearly celebration of rebirth to continue, then we need to take a hard look at how we’re marking the day, and how we’re cleaning up afterward.

  From egg hunts, to the massive amounts of candy, to Peter Cottontail hopping around; there’s a lot for many of us to celebrate in the spring season. The sunny, warm days are here, and things are greening up everywhere you look. If we want this yearly celebration of rebirth to continue, then we need to take a hard look at how we’re marking the days, and how we’re cleaning up afterward.   First, we need to talk about a major part of any spring celebration: the plastic eggs. Newsflash, there’s an extremely high chance that they can’t be tossed into your local recycling bins. Plastics 1 and 2 are widely accepted in most recycling programs. Items marked 3-7 are not, especially after markets dried up and many foreign countries stopped accepting shipments of the material from the U.S. That’s where the plastic eggs fall, in the plastics 3-7 range. If you’re lucky enough to have a place nearby to take them, that’s great. In many cases, the eggs and their packaging don’t have any markings at all to indicate what type of plastic was used. Sadly, the best advice is to reuse them or toss them in the garbage.    MORE INFO: How to read plastic recycling symbols

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Why RoadRunner Won Best Places to Work 2021

Learn more about why RoadRunner won first place in the Pittsburgh Business Times' Best Place to Work awards 2021 and how our values shaped this win.

  Each year Pittsburgh’s top companies are evaluated by the Pittsburgh Business Times for its annual Best Places to Work award. RoadRunner is proud to announce that this year our organization won 1st place in the extra-large category for the 2021 BPTW awards.  Not only did we want to share this exciting announcement with our audience, but thought it would be appropriate to highlight the key factors we believe make RoadRunner a winner for our employees whose survey results determined our BPTW placement.  Read on below to understand how we leverage our core values to drive engagement and growth among employees and the organization as a whole

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Trend to Watch: Cost Containment for Waste and Recycling Operations

With 21 months in the rearview of the pandemic, making any trend predictions with certainty has been a challenge, especially for the waste and recycling industry. One lock? Waste fees will be on the rise.

  While laying out a set of bold predictions and educated analysis are generally open to interpretation, one trend for 2022 isn’t up for debate: The cost of solid waste and recycling is rising. Numerous factors have led to year-over-year increase for the cost of doing business as it relates to managing byproducts and waste materials. And when working with traditional haulers, offloading this trash responsibly undoubtedly comes with a hefty price tag. So, as a convergence of new trends stands to disrupt solid waste management, we’re zeroing in on how much each might cost you—and providing a plan to contain them.

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Understanding CSR and the Triple Bottom Line

With temperatures rising and brand reputations at stake, the triple bottom line is at the center of both private and public sector discussion. We explain why equally prioritizing people, planet, and profit is the future of corporate social responsibility.

  CEOs and general managers constantly keep one eye on the path forward and the other firmly on the bottom line. But with today’s climate, the top companies in the world are seeing triple, not double, when setting the year’s fiscal policy. With temperatures rising and brand reputations at stake, the triple bottom line—a framework that emphasizes social, environmental, and financial accountability—is at the center of both private and public sector discussion. With corporate social responsibility (CSR) becoming less voluntary and more essential to everyday business, the ethical and sustainable choices have often become the most profitable. Doing it correctly, however, requires expertise many companies don’t have.

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What Does the Supply Chain Crisis Mean for Recycled PET Plastic?

As the twin ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach face the brunt of the supply chain crisis of the century, both manufacturers and consumers have felt the ripple effect. Yet, lost in the kerfuffle are recyclers, who may have the tallest order of all: scrounging up enough recycled plastic to meet U.S. manufacturer demand.

  A traffic jam of historic proportions, an estimated half-million shipping containers are floating aimlessly off the coast of California. And unlike going bumper to bumper at rush hour, the frustration is affecting more than just the drivers. As the twin ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach face the brunt of the supply chain crisis of the century, both manufacturers and consumers have felt the ripple effect. Yet, lost in the kerfuffle are recyclers, who may have the tallest order of all. With our import/export market crippled, U.S. manufacturers’ insatiable demand for recycled PET plastic, known as rPET, will need to find an alternative route around the roadblocks.

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Everything You Need to Know About Zero Waste to Landfill

By comprehending the concept of zero waste to landfill (ZWTL) and how to transform your business’s operations to meet the often-targeted sustainability goal, you’ll be able to divert from our nation’s economic and environmental collision course with a mountain of waste.

  Sustainability is the mission. Positive cost-benefit is a requirement. Brand perception is a byproduct. But, at the heart of every “zero waste to landfill” commitment is one fundamental fact: sending waste to the landfill is something to be avoided. As the largest legacy brands in the United States and around the world line up to announce responsible waste diversion and recycling goals, it’s important as a business to understand the undertaking. By comprehending the concept of zero waste to landfill (ZWTL) and how to transform your business’s operations to meet the often-targeted sustainability goal, you’ll be able to divert from our nation’s economic and environmental collision course with a mountain of waste.

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