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Could We Soon Have A National Standard For Recycling Bin Labels?

The U.S. has standard labels for nutritional information and hazardous materials. A group of lawmakers is now pushing for a standard set of recycling bin labels. They argue that a nationwide standard could help reduce confusion about where to toss trash and recyclables. In this blog, we cover what’s in the letter and consider how it could change your business recycling program(s).

  The U.S. has standard labels for nutritional information and hazardous materials. A group of lawmakers is now pushing for a standard set of recycling bin labels. In October, a group of 17 members of Congress signed a letter to the EPA asking for the adoption of a national standard labeling system for recycling bins. They argue that a nationwide standard could help reduce confusion about where to toss trash and recyclables.  There could be impacts on your business from this letter. In this blog, we’ll cover more of what’s in the letter and consider how it could change your business recycling program(s). CLICK HERE to see how RoadRunner can work for your business!

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3 LANDFILL PROBLEMS COSTING YOUR BUSINESS MONEY

Everywhere you turn, things are costing more. Waste management programs are no different. Fuel, gate fees, and annual price increases (APIs) have your business paying more to deal with waste. Diversion rates in the U.S. have hovered in the mid-30% range for years, meaning most waste still gets taken to the landfill. These three landfill issues might be costing your business money!

  Everywhere you turn, things are costing more. Waste management programs are no different. Fuel, gate fees, and annual price increases (APIs) have your business paying more to deal with waste. Diversion rates in the U.S. have hovered in the mid-30% range for years, meaning most waste still gets taken to the landfill.  In this post, we explain three landfill problems costing your business money. CLICK HERE to see how RoadRunner can work for your business!

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Why Right-Sizing Waste Equipment For Your Business Matters

No two businesses are exactly alike, and the same applies to waste and recycling plans. There’s no universal solution that fits every operation across the board. A comprehensive waste management program involves choosing the correct equipment that fits the needs of your business. This is called “right-sizing.” Right-sizing dumpsters, bins, carts, and other equipment can have lots of benefits when it comes to your bottom line and meeting sustainability goals.

  No two businesses are exactly alike, and the same applies to waste and recycling plans. There’s no universal solution that fits every operation across the board. A comprehensive waste management program involves choosing the correct equipment that fits the needs of your business. This is called “right-sizing.” Right-sizing dumpsters, bins, carts, and other equipment can have lots of benefits when it comes to your bottom line and meeting sustainability goals. While there are many more reasons out there to make sure your waste management plan is optimized, we’re highlighting just a few.

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Add Sustainability to Your Supply Chain in 4 Easy Ways

Where are your company’s products made? Are the employees paid a fair wage? How are the raw materials sourced? These questions deal with a company’s supply chain, and they’re being asked more often than ever. Consumers are choosing companies and products that make transparency and sustainability a priority at all levels. While there isn’t a “one-size-fits-all” approach to supply chain sustainability, there are some things your business can do to get a better handle on it. 

Where are your company’s products made? Are the employees paid a fair wage? How are the raw materials sourced? In what ways are they transported to retailers and customers?  These questions deal with a company’s supply chain, and they’re being asked more often than ever. Consumers are choosing companies and products that make transparency and sustainability a priority at all levels. They’re also punishing those that turn a blind eye by taking their business elsewhere. While there isn’t a “one-size-fits-all” approach to supply chain sustainability, there are some things your business can do to get a better handle on it. 

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8 Great Sustainable Packaging Options And 5 To Avoid

Doing a better job with waste management makes good business sense. Businesses can meet sustainability goals, fight climate change, improve ESG scores, and meet the desires of younger generations by having a better handle on their waste streams. Better managing waste can help protect the environment and save your business money. Here are five ways it’s possible.

  With a desire to be more environmentally friendly, there’s been a push to change how we package things. The COVID-19 pandemic also created record demand for deliveries as online and mobile shopping became an even more dominant force. These factors led to a changing landscape when it comes to packaging.  Here are eight great sustainable options for packaging materials and five you’ll want to avoid.

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5 Ways Better Waste Management Is Good For Business

Doing a better job with waste management makes good business sense. Businesses can meet sustainability goals, fight climate change, improve ESG scores, and meet the desires of younger generations by having a better handle on their waste streams. Better managing waste can help protect the environment and save your business money. Here are five ways it’s possible.

Doing a better job with waste management makes good business sense. Recycling is a critical part of our world as waste has become a global problem. Businesses can meet sustainability goals, fight climate change, improve ESG scores, and meet the desires of younger generations by having a better handle on their waste streams. Better managing waste can help protect the environment and save your business money. Here are five ways it’s possible.

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How To Read Hazardous Materials Symbols And What They Mean

Explosions. Burns. Changes to DNA. These are all things possible with hazardous and toxic materials. It’s a complicated and dangerous waste stream, but it's something RoadRunner has extensive experience with. Each label is a warning, letting employees and waste haulers understand what they’re dealing with. Having a better understanding of these symbols can help your business’s waste stream management.

  Explosions. Burns. Changes to DNA. These are all things possible with hazardous and toxic materials. It’s a complicated and dangerous waste stream, but it's something RoadRunner has extensive experience with. There are nine pictograms OSHA established for these substances. Each one is a warning label, letting employees and waste haulers understand what they’re dealing with. Having a better understanding of these symbols can help your business’s waste stream management. We explain what the OSHA Hazard Communication Pictograms are and the dangers posed by each.

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5 Potential Impacts to Waste From The Inflation Reduction Act

It might not be long before electric recycling trucks are rolling through your neighborhood, thanks in part to the Inflation Reduction Act. It touches nearly every aspect of America’s climate policy. Among the industries that stand to be greatly affected is waste management. In this week’s blog, we explain what the Act is and five big impacts waste management could soon be dealing with.

  It might not be long before electric recycling trucks are rolling through your neighborhood, thanks in part to the Inflation Reduction Act. It touches nearly every aspect of America’s climate policy. From offshore wind leasing to carbon capture, and from electric vehicles to corporate climate reporting, it is a sweeping piece of legislation. Among the industries that stand to be greatly affected by the Inflation Reduction Act is waste management. In this week’s blog, we explain what the Act is and five big impacts waste management could soon be dealing with.

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Your Business Can Pull the Plug on These 3 E-Waste Problems

We throw out some of the world’s most valuable materials at record numbers because they’re part of what makes electronic devices work. We’re swimming in a sea of charging cables, battery indicators, touch screens, and headphones. Electronic or e-waste is one of the fastest growing waste streams in the world. It’s a major threat to our planet and human health. We break down what e-waste is, three reasons we have to do a better job dealing with it, and some solutions for your business.

  Each year, your business might toss several pounds of gold in the trash. As of late August, an ounce of gold was valued at $1,743. Would you try to get that gold back out of the trash bins now? We throw out some of the world’s most valuable materials at record numbers because they’re part of what makes electronic devices work. We’re swimming in a sea of charging cables, battery indicators, touch screens, and headphones. When that technology gets outdated or the device breaks, we throw them out with the trash. Electronic or e-waste is one of the fastest growing waste streams in the world. It’s a major threat to our planet and human health and contributes to climate change. We break down what e-waste is, three reasons we have to do a better job dealing with it, and some solutions for your business.   CLICK HERE to see how RoadRunner can help your business deal with e-waste!

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