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2021 Sustainability Report: Communities

Over the past few weeks, we’ve taken a closer look at Republic Services’ Elements of Sustainability that anchor our 2030 sustainability goals: Safety, Talent, Climate Leadership and Communities. Today’s focus is Communities

Investing in the communities where our employees and customers live and work is vital. That’s why our charitable giving platform revolves around sustainable neighborhood revitalization. We directly support people, places and spaces in need with financial grants, in-kind donations and volunteer time.

The following graphic (found on pages 51 of the 2021 Sustainability Report) outlines our 2030 Communities goal and progress made over the past five years.

Positively impact 20 million people by 2030

Here are a few stories that exemplify our commitment to Communities:

A Promise to Revitalize Neighborhoods

The goal of neighborhood revitalization is to improve communities in a way that makes a lasting impact on the quality of life of its residents. Republic Services aims to do just that through the Republic Services Charitable Foundation’s National Neighborhood Promise (NNP) program. Our focus is on neighborhood revitalization because it embodies our sustainability elements, providing safe, environmentally responsible spaces for the community to engage with one another. Since 2018, the Foundation has funded nearly 70 NNP projects across the country. Learn more >

Republic Services Garden at Hance Park

In addition to grants through the NNP program, the Republic Services Charitable Foundation committed $2 million to sponsor a sustainable garden in our corporate hometown of Phoenix, Arizona. The Republic Services Garden will feature a recycled steel shade canopy, seating areas, swings and native desert plants chosen for their ability to thrive in the arid Phoenix climate. The garden is expected to open in early 2023 to the park’s nearly 900,000 visitors annually. Learn more >

Mint 400 Desert Cleanup

A few miles outside of the hustle and bustle of Las Vegas is Jean, Nevada, home to The Mint 400 Desert Cleanup Presented by Republic Services. The vast expanse of the Mojave Desert is home to many native creatures, including the endangered desert tortoise. While tortoises can be difficult to spot, something more obvious and out of place is easily observed here – trash. Since 2017, Republic Services and The Mint 400 have gathered hundreds of volunteers to tackle this ongoing issue affecting wildlife and their ecosystem. Learn more >

It’s stories like these that will help us reach our 2030 Sustainability Goals!