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What the New SEC Emissions Proposal Means for Your Company

We break down the new U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission SEC emissions proposal, what the differences are between scope 1, scope 2, and scope 3 emissions, and what this means for your business

  The wild west of environmentally-conscious investing could soon become a bit tamer. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is looking to step into the arena with a new proposal about reporting greenhouse gas emissions for certain companies. At RoadRunner, we want to make sure you know this is on the horizon.

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Do Plastic Bag Bans Work? The Green Reasons for More Education

The movement to ban single-use plastic bags across the globe is growing as more cities, states, and countries see them as an environmental mess instead of a handy way to carry things. Despite this idea gaining traction, there are some fringe consequences. We’ll take a look at the good, the bad, and the better ways to go with these bags to have the greatest impact on saving the environment.

  The movement to ban single-use plastic bags across the globe is growing as more cities, states, and countries see them as an environmental mess instead of a handy way to carry things. Despite this idea gaining traction, there are some fringe consequences.  We’ll take a look at the good, the bad, and the better ways to go with these bags to have the greatest impact on saving the environment.

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The Green Goals Behind ESG Investing

Maybe you've heard the term "ESG rating" but aren't sure what that is. In this post, we explain what ESG stands for, break down how the score is calculated, and why ESG ratings are important to investing.

  An office building is implementing a custom, clean-stream recycling program. Your company may place a high priority on diversity, equity, and inclusion when it comes to promoting employees within the company. Another enterprise may consistently donate to a particular political party and have its own lobbyists at all levels of government to secure its own interests. All of these things and more factor into what is known as an ESG rating.

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Green Solutions for Businesses to Stay Profitable and Fight Climate Change

Investing in the planet is no longer just a trendy thing for enterprises to consider. Climate change predictions mean mounting problems with the potential to upend profitability and supply chains. Green technologies can pave the way for you to show that what is good for the planet is actually good for your business at the same time. 

  Investing in the planet is no longer just a trendy thing for enterprises to consider. Climate change predictions mean mounting problems with the potential to upend profitability and supply chains. Green technologies can pave the way for you to show that what is good for the planet is actually good for your business at the same time. 

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Rising Gas and Landfill Prices Could Leave You Pinched for Not Going Green

It’s no secret that gas prices have risen seemingly overnight. With no sign of slowing down, nearly every industry has been affected. Garbage trucks are more expensive than ever to own and drive, guzzling gas at only 2-4 miles per gallon. These expenses are passed onto you, the customer, through APIs. Here are some tips to help you keep your costs down as everything else seems to be on the rise.

  It’s no secret that gas prices have risen seemingly overnight. With no sign of slowing down, nearly every industry has been affected. Garbage trucks are more expensive than ever to own and drive, guzzling gas at only 2-4 miles per gallon. Many solid waste vendors have projected jumps in landfill tipping and hauling fees, with some surcharges topping 3-6%. The operating expenses for waste vendors have been skyrocketing with little relief in sight. So where does that leave you? You still have waste to haul and rising costs to deal with everywhere else. Waste vendors pass these expenses down through their annual price increases (APIs), which you can read about here. These APIs, if not negotiated, can end up costing you nearly double your original contracted amount in just five years.   Lucky for you, going green and combating the traditional waste process can save you from some of these expenses. We’ve got a few tips to get you started.

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Why Green Tech Careers are Essential to Preserving Our World

Our development and implementation of new technologies are paving the way for a zero-waste world, and it’s driven by our first-class technology team.

  It’s no secret that there’s a need in the world today for major advances in sustainable initiatives. While the waste and recycling industry struggles to evolve, RoadRunner is trailblazing a path that allows for businesses large and small to efficiently divert 99% of their recyclables from the landfill and save money in the process. Our development and implementation of new technologies are paving the way for a zero-waste world, and it’s driven by our first-class technology team.

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Why RoadRunner Won Best Places to Work 2021

Learn more about why RoadRunner won first place in the Pittsburgh Business Times' Best Place to Work awards 2021 and how our values shaped this win.

  Each year Pittsburgh’s top companies are evaluated by the Pittsburgh Business Times for its annual Best Places to Work award. RoadRunner is proud to announce that this year our organization won 1st place in the extra-large category for the 2021 BPTW awards.  Not only did we want to share this exciting announcement with our audience, but thought it would be appropriate to highlight the key factors we believe make RoadRunner a winner for our employees whose survey results determined our BPTW placement.  Read on below to understand how we leverage our core values to drive engagement and growth among employees and the organization as a whole

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Trend to Watch: Cost Containment for Waste and Recycling Operations

With 21 months in the rearview of the pandemic, making any trend predictions with certainty has been a challenge, especially for the waste and recycling industry. One lock? Waste fees will be on the rise.

  While laying out a set of bold predictions and educated analysis are generally open to interpretation, one trend for 2022 isn’t up for debate: The cost of solid waste and recycling is rising. Numerous factors have led to year-over-year increase for the cost of doing business as it relates to managing byproducts and waste materials. And when working with traditional haulers, offloading this trash responsibly undoubtedly comes with a hefty price tag. So, as a convergence of new trends stands to disrupt solid waste management, we’re zeroing in on how much each might cost you—and providing a plan to contain them.

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What Businesses Can Learn from the Waste Industry's Rollercoaster Year

Between regular service interruptions, unanticipated natural roadblocks, and sustainability practices under the microscope, companies must grow from the hard lessons learned from waste collection in this past year.

  For many businesses, managing waste and recycling may have once been as routine as, well… taking out the trash. But, as a turbulent year like 2021 has demonstrated, responsible waste management is no longer as easy as auto-renewing an antiquated plan. Between regular service interruptions, unanticipated natural roadblocks, and sustainability practices under the microscope, companies must grow from the hard lessons learned from waste collection in this past year.

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