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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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RecycleMore Launch at RoadRunner HQ

Our headquarters moved to Pittsburgh in 2017 and from the get-go, we knew it was imperative to introduce our RecycleMore program in our office. In this post, you will discover how RecycleMore laid the foundation for an effective recycling program.

  RoadRunner Introduces RecycleMore To Their Headquarters

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Minimizing Waste at Stadiums & Arenas

The consistent output of waste makes recycling a great opportunity for stadiums and arenas! Read on to learn how stadiums and arenas can best recycle and minimize their waste.

  The start of the football season is officially here, so we are diving into the whole nine yards of stadium and arena recycling. Stadiums and arenas hold major events including sporting events (football, baseball, hockey, basketball), big-name concerts, and other large functions. It's shocking how much waste is generated in restaurants, bars, souvenir stands, stores, concession stands, and seating areas throughout the facilities. The consistent output of waste makes recycling a great opportunity for stadiums and arenas! Since the start of the football season was a couple of weeks ago, RoadRunner wanted to get involved the best way we know how, so we're going to cover how stadiums and arenas can best recycle and minimize their waste.

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Streamlined Solutions for Supermarkets

Every year, the United States throws out nearly 133 billion pounds of food, and supermarkets throw out around 10% of it. Learn how smarter collection systems can ensure the grocery industries materials are recycled efficiently.

  Every year, the United States throws out nearly 133 billion pounds of food, and supermarkets throw out around 10% of it. When businesses in the grocery industry don't have efficient recycling programs in place, their food waste becomes heavy and expensive to throw away as trash and can contaminate other materials when they're mixed together. In our post, we will uncover why the grocery industry sends significant amounts of recyclable and compostable materials to landfill, and identify how smarter collection systems can ensure their materials are recycled efficiently and correctly.

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