Employees’ 2020 Recycling Resolutions

February 04, 2020

Thank you to everyone who sent us their goals for becoming a better recycler (or just more eco-friendly) in the New Year. We received so many great resolutions from employees – everything from using refillable water bottles instead of single-use plastic bottles to using reusable bags on shopping trips.

View the slideshow for a look at employees’ recycling resolutions. (At the end of the year, we’re going to check back with these employees to see how they did in achieving their goals!)

Regina B., Sales Coordinator, Hillsboro, ALSlide 1

“I’m going to work on a catchy tune to make it easier for people to remember the basics of recycling.”

Chris T., Residential Helper, Arlington, TX“We plan on cleaning everything out before placing it into the recycling bin, as well as breaking down cardboard boxes before placing them in our container.”Slide 2

“We plan on cleaning everything out before placing it into the recycling bin, as well as breaking down cardboard boxes before placing them in our container.”

Jessica F., Inside Sales, Casa Grande, AZSlide Title

“My recycling resolution is to provide the teachers at my son’s school the new Recycling Simplified Education curriculum. Along with that, I will commit to recycling the right way at home and work.”

Ryann C., HR Manager, Charlotte, NC

“My recycling resolution is to pay closer attention to what I’m throwing into the recycle bin. I often just assume that something looks recyclable and toss it in.  As I learn more about recycling, I’m going to make a point to ensure I’m putting the right things in the bin and not adding to recycling contamination.”

Karrah S., Environmental Specialist, Houston, TX

“Since I work at a facility that is connected to a Recycling Center, I’d like to take one of the MANY boxes I get from Amazon orders, etc. and make it a dedicated recycling box. Then, once a month or so, bring the box with me to work and recycle all the things that we would normally throw out.”

Anthony T., Senior Analyst, Hauling Operations, Phoenix, AZ

“Some of the actions that I’m going to take to reduce my environmental impact this year start with being a more informed, environmentally conscious consumer. Purchasing more sustainable products made from materials that are biodegradable, avoiding the use of single-use plastics (eating utensils, plastic cups, etc.) when possible, and ensuring that the correct materials are being put in the recycling containers to avoid contamination are ways that I will contribute.”

Sandi W., Special Waste Executive, Lowellville, Ohio

“I live in an area with limited recycling options and no curbside pickup. I finally located a local recycling drop-off facility that accepts my abundant clean, flattened cardboard boxes. My goal this year is to find an option for glass bottles that are no longer accepted locally.”

Shanice J. Southeast Area Revenue Management Analyst, Marietta, GA

“This year I learned a lot that will help me become a better recycler. Now that I know the 3 basics, I can take this knowledge and educate my family and friends. My husband and I love to have cookouts at our house, so I will seize this opportunity to demonstrate how to recycle properly. Demonstrating proper recycling skills will be key to helping our family and friends become recycling superstars and lead to reducing our environmental impact.”

Bernie W., Gate Attendant/Scale Operator, Great Falls, MT

“Being as plastic bags are one of the largest contaminants, we see at our recycling facilities, I will start using reusable bags at the grocery store when possible.”

Kimberly K., Plant Administrator, Farmingdale, NJ

“To be a recycling superstar this year, I have put a separate can in my home for paper.  I bring the paper here to work (MRF), shred it, and then put it in our shred pile which is then baled. I’ve also shared the Recycling Simplified Education curriculum with my sister and brother-in-law to use in their classes/schools.  My sister is a special education teacher, and my brother in law is a vice principal. They love it!”

Alyssa J., Analyst, Engineering Operations Support, Phoenix, AZ

“This year, my recycling goal is to stop buying items from the grocery store that come in non-recyclable/non-compostable containers. (Extra bonus: I’ll stop buying and eating a lot of ‘junk’ foods!) And to further reduce my environmental impact, I’ve put several mason jars and reusable Tupperware containers into my reusable shopping bag stash in my car so that I can start utilizing the bulk foods aisle. I even stashed a reusable coffee cup in my car for those mid-day caffeine runs.”

Debra S., Maintenance Clerk, Griffin, GA

“I resolve to reduce my environmental impact by using as few single-use plastic bottles as possible – I’ll use a personal water bottle instead. I plan on also trying to purchase recycled material products whenever possible.”

Charles D. Inside Sales Rep, Fort Wayne, IN

“My recycling resolution is to bring a reusable thermos or mug to work with me rather than grabbing plastic or paper cups like I always do. I’ve probably used hundreds this month alone. If I can manage to use a reusable cup, I will eliminate a large amount of waste.”

Debbie A., Operations, Melrose Park, IL

“Buy rechargeable batteries and recycle non-rechargeable batteries. When batteries begin to rot away in landfill sites these chemicals may leak into the ground, which can cause soil and water pollution. When chemicals contaminate soil and water, animals, humans and the environment can be harmed. Recycling is a great way to help protect the environment.”

Kristen R., Division Accountant, Renton, WA

“I had a horrible habit of bagging my recyclables in plastic bags. This year, I’m trying to put my recyclables into a paper bag and then empty the bag straight into the recycling cart.”

Joy V., Senior Compensation Analyst, Glendale, AZ

“My recycling resolution is to give personalized water bottles and coffee mugs as gifts this year. It will encourage my friends and family to reuse their cups and avoid using disposable cups and plastic water bottles.”

Amanda B., Administrative Assistant, Phoenix, AZ

“I’m going to start using a reusable coffee mug and silverware in the office to reduce waste in general.”

Kristen S., CRC Operational Excellence, Chandler, AZ

“My resolution is to reduce my impact on the environment by not purchasing individual bottles of water. Instead, our family will use refillable water bottles and use our water dispenser to fill them throughout the day.”

Jessica P., Fleet Maintenance Clerk, Goldendale, WA

“I resolve to not use disposable plastic grocery bags and to use the reusable shopping bags I already have. I keep them in my car so they are now handy to use!”

Chizelle G., Telecommunications Analyst, Phoenix, AZ

“I am going to get my household to not throw dirty items in the recycling bin and only throw in items that are actually recyclable in our city.”

Joshua L., Billing Supervisor, Albany, OR

“I am going to clean up my recycling, by not putting any contaminated materials into my recycling cart.”

Nick M., Instructional Graphic Designer, Phoenix, AZ

“My recycling resolution this year is to use a reusable water bottle and mug for liquids.”

Oneidi A., Billing Processor, Houston, TX

“One of my goals this year is tackling paper clutter and ensuring it is recycled correctly.”

Jennifer W., Inside Sales Consultant, Charlotte, NC

“I have a new household member who does not understand all the rules for recycling.  As an avid recycler, my goal is to educate her so she can become a responsible recycler.  I will also continue to assist my children in their journey to reuse and upcycle.”

Cindy Miller, Talent Acquisition Coordinator, Phoenix, AZ

“Continue to inform people about the rules of recycling.”

Lauren F., Senior Financial Analyst, Phoenix, AZ

“Start carrying reusable utensils and straws for eating out and road trips.”

Kelly D., Operations Supervisor, Screven, GA

“My New Year’s Resolution is to quit eating out every day. It cuts down on waste and I can reuse containers from home.”

Nina B., Senior Business Analyst, Phoenix, AZ

“My recycling resolution for 2020 is to always take my reusable shopping bags into the grocery store (rather than forgetting them in the trunk). My Republic Services tote comes in handy every time!”

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