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50 Interesting Recycling Facts

Did you know, recycling cardboard only takes 75% of the energy required to make new cardboard? Or that each ton of recycled paper can save 17 mature trees? In our blog post, we list 50 interesting recycling facts like these that will surprise you! Let us know which facts you find most surprising.

 

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Landfills: We're Running Out of Space

Let’s talk trash… in fact about 258 million tons worth, because that’s how much is created every year in the United States. Here you will find some interesting facts about waste generation and how you can reduce the amount you send to landfill.

This post was originally written March 2018 and updated with more relevant information Sept. 2020 Let’s talk trash… More specifically, 267.8 million tons worth because, shockingly, that’s about how much waste is created in the United States every year. We’ve all heard about the importance of proper waste disposal. Still, most of us are unaware of where our trash goes, or, more specifically, the negative impacts that arise from disposing of it improperly. Of the estimated 267.8 million tons of waste generated annually, approximately 32.5 percent of this trash is recycled or composted, 12.5 percent is incinerated, and the remaining 55 percent is buried in landfill. Considering the majority of our waste gets disposed in a landfill, we wanted to fill you in on what really happens behind the scenes and explore some of the most common questions you may have, like: Are we running out of landfill space? In this blog post, we get to the bottom of what a landfill actually is, what really happens to our waste in landfill, the impacts of disposing of materials in this way, and the alternative disposal methods that exist as replacements. Continue reading for more information!

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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 European Union 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 annually in the United States. Even more surprising is that the EPA estimates that paper and cardboard materials represent the largest component of municipal solid waste.  If you're a business owner or manager, chances are you generate a lot of cardboard waste, and you understand the importance of recycling this material. But, are you aware of the consequences—especially in added costs—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.  Let us know what you think in the comment section below and feel free to share any of our resources from this post on social media if you found it helpful!

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Recycling Myths, Busted.

Pop quiz time: Are bottle caps recyclable? Do materials need separated for recycling? Will biodegradable items decompose in landfill? Chances are, these questions have been brought up at your workplace before. We get it; recycling can be confusing, and sometimes it can seem impossible to find reliable answers to these questions. In this post, we bust some of the top recycling myths that you may have been wondering about to help your business recycle more successfully!

  Pop quiz time: Are bottle caps recyclable? Do materials need separated for recycling? Will biodegradable items decompose in landfill? Chances are, these questions have been brought up at your workplace before. We get it; recycling can be confusing, and sometimes it can seem impossible to find reliable answers to these questions. That's where RoadRunner comes in! In this post, we bust some of the top recycling myths that you may have been wondering about to help your business recycle more successfully!

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What is Wishcycling?

Whether you realize it or not, there's a good chance you and your co-workers have all wishcycled before. Trust me, we get it! You don't want to generate more waste, so you throw your coffee cups or pizza boxes into the recycling bin, hoping that some way, somehow, they end up being recycled. In the recycling industry, we refer to this act as wishcycling. Even though it seems like the right thing to do, wishcycling is one of the biggest challenges facing the recycling industry.

  Whether you realize it or not, there's a good chance you and your co-workers have all wishcycled before. Trust me, we get it! You don't want to generate more waste, so you throw your coffee cups or pizza boxes into the recycling bin, hoping that some way, somehow, they end up being recycled. Here at RoadRunner and throughout the recycling industry, we refer to this act as wishcycling. Even though it seems like the right thing to do, wishcycling is one of the biggest challenges facing the recycling industry. In this blog post, we further define wishcycling, the impacts it has on the recycling industry, and what steps you can take to break the habit.

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How To Become Your Business's Eco-Ambassador

Do you cringe every time you see one of your well-meaning coworkers toss a recyclable container into the trash? Do the intricacies of our nation's recycling system leave you agitated? Or maybe you generally have recycling on the brain. If any of those resonate with you, Eco-Ambassador may be the role for you! Continue reading for our tips on implementing a successful Eco-Ambassador program.

 

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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, 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. Recycling is only effective if the collected materials remain clean and free of impurities. Fortunately, understanding the common contaminants will help you keep your recycling streams clean and retain the value of your materials. In this post, we detail which common contaminates to look out for and the best practices for keeping your recyclables clean. Continue reading to learn more, and make sure to grab a copy of our Guide To Avoiding Common Contaminates at the end of this post!

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The Facts: Office Workers & Their Waste Generation

From 10,000 sheets of office paper to 500 disposable coffee cups, the average office worker generates a substantial amount of waste every year. Considering the majority of our days are spent in the office, it’s very important to focus on recycling there! Read on to find out how much waste the average office worker generates.

  From 10,000 sheets of office paper to 500 disposable coffee cups, the average office worker generates a substantial amount of waste every year. Considering the majority of our days are spent in the office, it’s just as important to focus on recycling there as it is anywhere else. Below you'll find the top 5 most used items in the office and how much the average office worker generates:

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Common Invoice Charges And Tips To Avoid Them

Understanding your waste bill can be frustrating. To help your business mitigate charges and maximize savings, this guide details easy-to-understand explanations of common charge types as well as actionable tips to help you avoid over-charges.

  Most business owners and managers would agree that understanding your waste invoice can be frustrating, to say the least. Oftentimes, it’s not clear why your business is being charged extra for something, or if you are being charged fairly. In this post, we dive into the most common charge types that can show up on your invoice and provide tips for identifying and avoiding erroneous charges and service fees.

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