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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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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.

  If you are an avid recycler or have read our blog posts before, you know there are countless facts and information that prove the benefits of recycling. In this post, we compiled 50 interesting facts that demonstrate how important recycling is. Let us know which facts you find to be the most surprising and share this post with your colleagues who would appreciate this information. Read on to learn more!

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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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Test Your Recycling Knowledge: Take Our Quiz

How much do you know about recycling? We’ve put together 15 questions to test your waste and recycling knowledge. You might be shocked by some of the answers! Check out our post to learn more.

  Recycling seems pretty simple; it’s good for the environment, it saves businesses money, and it’s the responsible thing to do. But if you are an avid recycler or you keep up with the Waste Watchers Blog, you know there’s a lot more to it. Let’s put your waste and recycling knowledge to the test. Share this quiz with your friends, family, and colleagues and let us know your results!

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Six Tips To Maximize Your Recycling Rates

In this post we detail six important factors to consider while creating, or improving, a recycling program at your business; to get employee buy-in and maximize your recycling rates.

  At the start of 2019, many businesses we engage with are focused on launching recycling programs or improving what is already in place. Whatever the reason for wanting to recycle more, creating a successful recycling program can be challenging without some help. RoadRunner to the rescue! In this post we detail six important factors to consider while creating, or improving, a recycling program at your business; to get employee buy-in and maximize your recycling rates.

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