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The Lives of Recyclables

Have you ever wondered what happens to your materials after they have been tossed in the recycling bin? After collection, each material is set on its own path to become a new product. Learn about the recyclables’ journey from the recycling bin back to the shelf.

  Have you ever wondered what happens to your materials after they have been tossed in the recycling bin? After collection, each material is set on its own path to become a new product. Some materials can cycle through the process indefinitely, while others can only be recycled a few times before they lose their quality. Continue reading to learn about the recyclables' journey from the recycling bin back to the shelf.  

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Six Single-Use Plastic Replacements For The New Year

In many cases you can replace single-use plastics with reusable items. Read on to learn how to replace your single-use items with reusable alternatives in 2019!

  With a new year around the corner, you likely have resolutions for 2019 at the top of your mind. A simple but effective resolution for the new year is reducing your environmental impact by replacing single-use plastics. The average American discards approximately 185 pounds of plastic per year. Unfortunately, most plastic waste ends up in landfill and pollutes our environment because it is recycled at very low rates and does not biodegrade. In many cases you can replace single-use plastics with reusable items. Read on to learn how to replace your single-use items with reusable alternatives in 2019!

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How To Choose The Right Container For The Job

Choosing the right waste and recycling containers go a long way in getting the job done in the most efficient way possible. Explore our guide to help you determine which containers and rental options are right for you!

  When it comes to waste and recycling containers, they aren't one-size-fits all. Choosing the right container(s) will go a long way in getting the job done in the most efficient and cost-effective way possible. Continue reading and explore our guide to help understand the factors that go into choosing the right container and determining which rental options are right for your business!

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Six Eco-Friendly Retail Initiatives

‘Tis the season for (sustainable) shopping! We’ve searched the world of retailers to find some of the more inspirational tactics that retail companies are using to limit their impact on the environment.

  ‘Tis the season for (sustainable) shopping! As we begin our holiday festivities, it’s easy to forget how much extra waste is created during this time of year. The EPA estimates that Americans generate an additional 1 million tons of waste per week between Thanksgiving and Christmas! At RoadRunner, we're always looking for ways to reduce and eliminate waste, so we’ve searched the world of retailers for inspirational initiatives that brands are using to limit their impact on the environment. Keep reading to learn which retailers we are inspired by and leave us a comment to let us know about your favorite eco-minded stores to shop with throughout the holidays!

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Small Business Saturday 2018

Small Business Saturday is an American shopping tradition held annually on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Get a head start on your holiday shopping by supporting your favorite small businesses on November 24th!

  Small Business Saturday is an American shopping holiday held annually on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. The purpose of the holiday is to encourage people to shop locally and support the small businesses in their communities at the start of the holiday season. Read on to learn how spending your dollars at local businesses benefits your community and check out some of the small businesses in our markets that we've highlighted below.

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Join Us On America Recycles Day

Did you know there’s a whole day dedicated to promoting and celebrating recycling in America? November 15th is America Recycles Day! Discover how you can participate this America Recycles Day, and every day.

 

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The RoadRunner Way vs. The Traditional Way

We’ve put together a resource to help guide you through the traditional method of recycling, and how RoadRunner is changing the way businesses large and small recycle.

  Did you know that even though your materials are regularly picked up by standard haulers, they aren't always recycled? Due to the inefficiencies of the traditional recycling method, approximately 80% of the materials you place in your containers are sent to landfill. These inefficiencies are what inspired our founder to find a better way. With RoadRunner, 99.9% of the materials we collect get recycled. We've put together a resource that explains how our offering differs from traditional methods.

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Tips for Reducing Single-Use Plastics

Eliminating single-use plastics has become a hot topic – and for good reason. Check out our post that explains why reducing single-use plastics is important and tips for how to reduce it.

  If you've followed environmental news over the past two years, then you know that eliminating single-use plastics has become a hot topic - and for good reason. 300 million tons of plastic is produced every year and half of it is estimated to be meant for single-use purposes. Even though our plastic consumption is constantly increasing, a mere 9% of the plastic ever produced has been recycled. What happens to the plastic that isn't recycled? You probably guessed it - it's landfilled, incinerated or accumulates in the natural environment. Continue reading to learn more about why the movement to eliminate single-use plastics has become a global-effort, and tips for how to reduce it.

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RoadRunner Volunteers With Friends of the Riverfront

RoadRunner spent the day with Friends of the Riverfront beautifying the Millvale Riverfront Trail in Pittsburgh for our annual company-wide retreat. Check out what we learned from our experience and why it’s important to keep the trails clean!

  RoadRunner Spends the Day Volunteering at Millvale Riverfront Trail

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