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Republic Services’ 2021 Sustainability Report

Republic Services is proud to present our 2021 Sustainability Report, which tracks progress toward our 2030 goals and details some of the ways we’re partnering with customers to create a more sustainable world.

Our 2030 sustainability goals, which we announced in 2019, are aligned under our Elements of Sustainability: Safety, Talent, Climate Leadership and Communities. Achievements include a 9% reduction in operational greenhouse gas emissions over the 2017 baseline year, ahead of pace to reach the Company’s interim target of a 10% reduction by 2025, and development of the nation’s first integrated plastics recycling facility.

“At Republic Services, we view sustainability as more than just how we operate. We see it as a platform for growth, allowing us to innovate and invest in projects that will deliver significant environmental and economic benefits over time,” said CEO Jon Vander Ark. “We’ve made ambitious, industry-leading commitments across our business to reduce emissions and decarbonize our operations. Not only are we making significant progress toward these 2030 goals, but we’re helping our customers reach their own sustainability goals.”

Highlights from the report:


  • Recorded 38% better safety performance than the industry average over the past 10-year period (based on OSHA recordable rates)
  • Swept the industry’s Driver and Operator of the Year awards


  • Made notable strides with women in management, with top leadership positions more than doubling between 2019 and 2021
  • Unveiled two innovative talent retention and development programs – the Tech Institute and Leadership Academy

 Climate Leadership

  • Announced development of the nation’s first Polymer Center to advance plastics circularity and support recycled content goals
  • Formed joint venture to develop 39 landfill renewable natural gas projects, the largest RNG portfolio to date in the country


  • Pledged $2 milliontoward Phoenix’s Hance Park revitalization, the Company’s largest single charitable contribution to date
  • Positively impacted nearly 6 million people through charitable giving since 2018

To learn more about Republic Services’ sustainability work and to download the 2021 Sustainability Report, visit

Stories From Our 2021 Sustainability Report

Our Sustainability Report includes remarkable stories that emerged during 2021. Stay tuned to Blue Nation Online in the coming weeks to read the stories and celebrate all the ways we are – Sustainability in ActionTM.