Companywide Recycling Week

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Congratulations Companywide Recycling Week Winners!

[/av_textblock] [av_textblock size='16' font_color='' color='' av-medium-font-size='' av-small-font-size='' av-mini-font-size='' admin_preview_bg=''] Thank you to everyone who participated in Companywide Recycling Week. We invited employees to visit Blue Nation Online every day for recycling tips, videos, contests, quizzes and much more.  The responses were excellent! We heard from employees that they learned something new and had fun.  Thanks for the feedback and we promise to give you more contests and quizzes (and prizes) in 2019! Make BlueNationOnline.com a favorite site and visit daily to keep up with what’s happening across our Blue Nation (and did we mention, prizes?!?!)

Congratulations to the following Photo Contest Winners for showcasing your commitment to the environment and making the world a better place! You each won a Company Store gift basket worth $100. To view all photos, click here.
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Recycling Simplified Scavenger Hunt Winners

[/av_textblock] [av_textblock size='16' font_color='' color='' av-medium-font-size='' av-small-font-size='' av-mini-font-size='' admin_preview_bg=''] Congratulations to the winners of the virtual Recycling Simplified Scavenger Hunt. You each won a Company Store basket o’ swag worth $100. We’ve also included the correct answers below.

Bernadine W., Gate Attendant/Scale Operator
High Plains Landfill

Bret S., Customer Resource Specialist
Indianapolis Service Center

Deana V., Accounts Payable Support Specialist
Chattanooga, TN

Jonathan P., Service Shop Laborer
Las Vegas, NV

Kimberly S., Maintenance Shop Clerk
Kansas City, KS
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What are the four major categories of recyclables?
Flattened cardboard, paper, metal cans and plastic bottles and jugs

What’s a sure way to find out if plastic belongs in your recycling container?
If you can poke your finger through the plastic, it doesn’t belong in your recycling container.

Republic Services offers 3 simple steps to help consumers become better recyclers. What are they?
Know what to throw away. 2. Empty. Clean. Dry. 3. Keep it loose.

T or F: When two or more materials are connected they cannot be recycled as is, even if they’re all recyclable.
True

In what section of the site can you find local and national recycling articles?
Media Resources
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Lead the Way in Recycling!

[/av_textblock] [av_textblock size='16' font_color='' color='' av-medium-font-size='' av-small-font-size='' av-mini-font-size='' admin_preview_bg=''] We’ve shared a lot of information during Companywide Recycling Week about recycling the right materials and keeping contamination out by practicing Empty. Clean. Dry. Now it’s time share your recycling knowledge with others around you!

And, this is something we can all take great pride in doing. Employees across the Company regularly share recycling information with community organizations, schools, and housing associations. It’s part of who we are After all, we work for Earth and it’s our responsibility to lead by example, helping our family, friends, neighbors, customers, and communities learn how to recycle properly.

If you’re visiting a friend or at an event, always ask, “Do you recycle?” before putting your item in the trash can. If they don’t, set your item aside to recycle it after you leave and be sure to remind your friend of all the benefits of recycling and how easy it is to protect our Blue Planet.

To help you spread the word, download these resources available at ReyclingSimplified.com and share them with your friends and family.

  1. Quick Reference Guide
  2. Brochure
  3. Recycling Container Label

So, the next time someone asks you about recycling, be sure to share what can be recycled and that recyclables must always be Empty. Clean. Dry. Helping others understand how to recycle creates value for everyone, especially, our planet.
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Happy America Recycles Day!

[/av_textblock] [av_textblock size='16' font_color='' color='' av-medium-font-size='' av-small-font-size='' av-mini-font-size='' admin_preview_bg=''] We’re celebrating America Recycles Day by reinforcing the impact you (and your family and friends) can have on the environment by recycling.  Whether you’re at home, in the office or traveling to see your crazy aunt Mildred for the holidays, there are many opportunities to be a good recycler! Follow these guidelines on what to throw, then take our America Recycles Day Quiz to test your recycling knowledge.

Aluminum: Recycling one ton of aluminum cans conserves 26 barrels of oil, or 1,665 gallons of gasoline. Even recycling just 100 aluminum cans saves enough energy to power an air conditioner for 17 hours. So rinse out that pop can before tossing it in your recycling container.

Cardboard: Recycling the shipping boxes from your online purchases conserves water, lowers energy use and saves trees. Processing one ton of recycled cardboard saves 7,000 gallons of water. Each ton of cardboard that’s recycled also saves 17 trees. Shop away, and don’t forget to flatten those boxes and please remove and toss the packing tape in the trash.

Paper: More than 24 million newspapers, 2 billion books and 350 million magazines are printed on paper in the U.S. each year. The paper recycling process uses only 35% of the energy that’s required to make new paper. Recycling just one ton saves enough energy to power the average American household for six months. And paper can be recycled over and over – about five times. It’s time for your middle school book reports to meet the inside of a blue container!

Plastic: Recycling one ton of plastic bottles saves approximately 74 gallons of gas. And that water bottle you just threw in the office recycling bin? The energy saved by recycling it would power your laptop computer for 2.5 hours. So recycle your water bottles – caps and all.

Read the latest Beyond the Blue blog post and learn more about what and how to recycle here. And, don’t forget to share this information with friends and family, too!
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Smile! Companywide Recycling Week Photo Contest

[/av_textblock] [av_textblock size='16' font_color='' color='' av-medium-font-size='' av-small-font-size='' av-mini-font-size='' admin_preview_bg=''] It's time to strike a pose and show us how you contribute to a cleaner, safer and healthier world! Snap a photo showcasing your commitment to the environment and making the world a better place.

Be creative and have fun. We’ll share your photos on BlueNationOnline.com. At the end of the contest, the Blue Nation editorial team will select 5 lucky winners. Each winner will receive a Company Store gift basket worth $100!  We’ll announce the winners on Wednesday, November 28.

How to enter

  1. Snap a photo that shows how you help our Earth
  2. Email your photo to BlueNation@RepublicServices.com
  3. Include your name, title, and the best way to reach you
  4. Hurry, photos are due Friday, November 23
  5. Winners will be announced Wednesday, November 28
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Recycling Simplified Scavenger Hunt!

[/av_textblock] [av_textblock size='16' font_color='' color='' av-medium-font-size='' av-small-font-size='' av-mini-font-size='' admin_preview_bg=''] We all want to do the right thing. But most of us are genuinely unsure about what to recycle, what not to recycle and how to recycle.

“Is it ok to recycle this almost empty ketchup bottle?”

“Is it ok to bag my recyclables?”

“A pizza box is cardboard, and that’s recyclable, right?”

The recycling business model is "broken," according to our CEO, Don Slager, in a recent CNBC interview. Recycling contamination rates are at all-time highs. As much as 30% of what we’re putting in recycling containers doesn’t belong. These items are either contaminated by food residue, or they aren’t recyclable materials in the first place.

The problem reached a crisis level earlier this year with the adoption of new quality standards by China, which had been the U.S.’s largest market for recycled paper and plastics. Until this year, about 40% of U.S. recyclables were shipped to China; for Republic Services, it was about 30%. Today, we’re sending less than 1% of our recyclables to China.

With the recycling challenges impacting our industry and our business, Republic has taken the lead in shaping the way America recycles. Our primary focus is to fix the broken recycling model by educating customers, communities and the nation at large.

We’re teaching employees, our customers and communities how to properly recycle through RecyclingSimplified.com. Follow these simple steps, and you’ll reduce your environmental impact, improve contamination levels and help preserve recycling programs for future generations:

Know what to throw. There are three primary categories of recyclables: paper and cardboard, metal cans, and plastic bottles and jugs. With bottles and jugs, remember to keep the caps on.

Empty, clean and dry. Don’t allow more than one teaspoon of liquid to remain in a recyclable container.

Keep it loose. Never bag or bundle your recyclables. Items should be placed in the container individually. Plastic bags are one of the biggest contaminants we see at our recycling facilities.

To find other simple recycling tips, take our virtual Recycling Simplified Scavenger Hunt. Click here to get started.

Email your answers (we have a form to make it easy) to BlueNation@RepublicServices.com by Friday, November 23. Five lucky winners will receive the ultimate swag pack valued at $100!
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Companywide Recycling Week Starts Today!

[/av_textblock] [av_textblock size='16' font_color='' color='' av-medium-font-size='' av-small-font-size='' av-mini-font-size='' admin_preview_bg=''] As you know, recycling is a hot topic in our industry. Republic is committed to being part of the solution and invested in shaping the way America recycles. You’ve seen customer education on RecyclingSimplified.com, significant local and national coverage about recycling challenges and opportunities, and lots of content on Blue Nation Online. Now, we’re taking recycling education to the next level with Companywide Recycling Week – an online event for all employees!

Visit BlueNationOnline.com every day this week for recycling tips, videos, contests, quizzes, and much more. Here’s a look at the many ways you can learn more about recycling and win prizes.

Monday
Don’t miss this interview with Brian Bales, EVP & Chief Development Officer, to get his perspective on the state of recycling. Also, take a virtual tour of the Las Vegas Recycling Center, the largest and smartest residential recycling center in the nation!

Tuesday
Participate in the Recycling Simplified online Scavenger Hunt. Everyone who participates will be entered into a prize drawing.*

Wednesday
Enter the We work for Earth Photo Contest. We’ll share the photos and everyone who participates will be entered into a prize drawing.*

*Winners will receive the ultimate swag pack valued at $100.

Thursday
Republic celebrates America Recycles Day!

Friday
Now that you know a little more about recycling then you did at the beginning of the week, share what you know with family and friends. We’ll prepare you with printable tools and resources and cool opening lines to use at parties... “Hey friend, where’s your recycling container?”

We’re making a big deal about recycling because We work for Earth!
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Five Questions with Brian Bales, EVP, Chief Development Officer

[/av_textblock] [av_textblock size='16' font_color='' color='' av-medium-font-size='' av-small-font-size='' av-mini-font-size='' admin_preview_bg=''] For the last few months, we’ve been sharing a lot about recycling and the challenges in our industry. Now, we’re taking recycling education to the next level with Companywide Recycling Week. To kick-off it off, the Blue Nation team recently sat down with Brian Bales, EVP & Chief Development Officer to get his perspective on the state of recycling in a new segment we’re calling “Five Questions with…”

Brian, thanks for sitting down with the Blue Nation team today! We’ve been talking about Recycling Simplified for several weeks now, but just to level-set, let’s go back to the beginning with China Sword. What brought this on?
The Chinese government is rolling out a number of environmental initiatives and China Sword is part of that. Through China Sword, they intend to reduce contamination in imported recovered materials while also strengthening their own recycling programs.  As a result, these higher quality standards have exposed contamination levels and provided us with a great opportunity to engage customers and communities in a conversation about becoming better recyclers.

It sounds like this isn’t all gloom and doom, but actually a great business opportunity for us. Can you tell us more about the opportunity?
We know through our insights work that our customers value recycling and are willing to pay for it, so we have a tremendous opportunity to work with our customers to create programs that can weather difficult commodity markets while also improving the quality of the materials placed in the container.  It’s really a good time to reset the conversation, change the business model and get back to basics.

I saw on a We work for Earth Wednesday post that we are hitting media pretty hard to educate not just our customers, but everyone. Would you say that we are really taking the lead in changing the recycling industry?
As it relates to We Work for Earth, we take our responsibility as stewards of the environment very seriously. However, true sustainability can’t exist without profitability.  We are definitely taking a leading role through media, educational materials, various associations and stakeholder groups, and direct conversations with all of our municipal customers.  You mentioned industry, and that’s key—it will take the entire industry to change and improve the business and we are doing all we can to shape and influence the direction.

Changing an entire industry is quite the undertaking, but we have 35,000 employees who are passionate about our Blue Planet®. How can we help?
Do what you do best! Show your love for our planet by talking to customers, family and friends about the proper way to recycle. Through RecyclingSimplified.com, we are teaching everyone that recycling the right way is as easy as 1-2-3… 1) Know what to throw 2) Empty. Clean. Dry. 3) Keep it loose. Share the message and the website with everyone. When more people have greater knowledge, we can collectively begin to change behavior.

This is really exciting and it’s great to know that each of us has a role in transforming how everyone recycles. So, let’s say we’re chatting again in six months or even a year, what would you like to be able to say about the recycling business? How do you think we will be doing?
That we’re transforming the business.  We’ll have more durability and predictability in recycling programs, less contamination in collected materials, greater partnering with policy makers and municipalities, and ultimately, more value being created for all of our stakeholders, including our most important customer, our planet.  We recognize the path we’re on is long, but I’m very confident that we will have traveled far in the next 6-12 months.

Big shout out to Brian for spending some time with us and helping us better understand recycling!
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