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.
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.
While many of us have the best intentions about recycling, we aren’t always doing it right. For example, the clothes hangers that came with the new outfit you bought may be made of plastic, but that doesn’t mean they’re recyclable.
Many people will toss items like this in their recycling bin, hoping they can be recycled. In the industry, this is referred to as “aspirational recycling” or “wish-cycling.” But these items become contaminants in the recycling stream. One contaminant can lead to an entire truckload of perfectly recyclable items being sent to a landfill.
More than half of its Colorado fleet now powered by the domestic fuel source
DENVER, August 17, 2018 /3BL Media/ – Republic Services® announced today the addition of 17 Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) solid waste collection trucks to its fleet serving customers throughout the greater Denver area. The CNG trucks replace older diesel-powered trucks, and bring the total number of natural gas vehicles operated by the Company throughout Colorado to 108.
Kimberly-Clark and its employees in Asia Pacific received two honors at the Sustainable Business Awards (SBA) Singapore for its sustainable business best-practices in the areas of waste productivity and water management.
U.S. companies that collect waste for recycling are weighing higher prices and other changes to their operations since China upended the industry when it stopped accepting much of the scrap material Americans have been shipping there for decade.
SEATTLE -- Companies that collect your bottles and boxes say recycling programs as we know it are at risk. It’s because of the so-called ‘China Sword,’ the country’s ban on several types of recyclables. The ‘sword’ has paper and plastic piling up across the country, including Washington state.
How can one country’s restrictions have such an impact on the national market? Its size.
Berliner Stadtreinigung (BSR), Berlin’s municipal sanitation operations, is committed to turning Berlin into a Smart City—quiet, clean, and green in order to create a pleasant lifestyle for its residents. On a daily basis, BSR is tasked with finding environmentally friendly ways to dispose the waste of 3.7 million people while keeping roads and bridges clean.