For years, the United States sold materials for China to be recycled, but with changes to environmental standards required for purchased materials (the "China Sword") recycling programs stateside are in transition. Republic Services' Marek Crabbs and Alberto Guardado spoke with Jill Buck for Go Green Radio about "Recycling Simplified," a program designed to help customers understand what these new regulations mean for curbside recycling and where we go from here.
Renewable Natural Gas Facility Begins Operations at Southeast Oklahoma Landfill
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla., September 24, 2018 /3BL Media/ – Republic Services and energy partners Aria Energy and BP celebrated the commissioning of a landfill gas to renewable natural gas (RNG) project located at the Southeast Oklahoma Landfill, outside of Oklahoma City.
Most people know Republic Services for the big blue trucks that collect trash throughout their neighborhood. But we don’t just deliver garbage to the local landfill, we also work to keep some things out – such as perfectly edible food.
Supermarkets and restaurants often are left with food that’s beyond the “sell by” date but is still safe for consumption. At the same time, hunger is at epidemic proportions in the U.S., affecting one in six Americans.
So our team got to thinking . . . how could we help get that extra food to those in need?
Environmentally conscientious communities across the country are seeking our help with sustainable solutions for their organics, which includes food and yard waste. The good news is that organics are highly biodegradable and can be recycled at our compost facilities — benefiting our planet and business.
In households across America, questions like these are heard several times a day: “Is this recyclable?” “It’s okay to put my recyclables in a bag, right?” “Do I need to do anything to this pizza box before I recycle it?”
Community asset isn’t a phrase normally associated with landfills, but Republic is proving just how important they can be to the community. The redevelopment of a major commercial area would have likely been in jeopardy without our regional landfill. We used our resources and technology to provide safe and responsible disposal options for special waste that once contaminated the development area – demonstrating how important landfills are for local development and community growth.
Running a clean fleet means reducing our footprint. It requires a tremendous amount of technology, commitment and vision — all of which we have relied on to expand our fleet of clean-powered collection vehicles.
Company’s Sustainability Efforts Recognized for Third Consecutive Year
PHOENIX, September 25, 2018 /3BL Media/ – Republic Services, Inc. (NYSE: RSG), an industry leader in U.S. recycling and non-hazardous solid waste disposal, was named to both the 2018 Dow Jones Sustainability (DJSI) World and North America Indices for the third consecutive year. The rankings highlight Republic’s continued leadership in corporate governance, environmental, social and financial sustainability.
With the 7th largest fleet in the nation, we know it’s important for us to continuously leverage technology to reduce emissions and optimize collections while also increasing efficiency and improving safety. These solutions are making a difference in our daily operations and helping to decrease our carbon footprint.
Responsibility, one of our five values, is at the core of everything we do. We are working with customers to create a more sustainable recycling model; developing new products and services that meet customers’ emerging recycling needs; engaging and empowering our employees to always do the right thing to minimize the impacts of all facets of our operations; and enabling our customers to make an even greater difference in their communities. Together, we are leading the way within our industry and receiving notable recognition for our sustainability achievements.