By recycling all of its office paper waste for one year, an office building of 7,000 workers could reduce greenhouse gas emissions by the equivalent of taking about 370 cars off the road.
Our integrated waste stream optimization solutions are designed to address all recycling and diversion opportunities across every location. In all cases, landfills are the last resort, as we empower your organization to recycle smarter and recycle more for greater profit potential and sustainability compliance. We help you identify recycling programs that make sense (and cents) for your company depending on your locations and specific business operations.
Old Corrugated Containers (OCC) represents a significant percentage of the commercial solid waste stream. In 2008, the United States generated approximately 31.4 million tons of cardboard and a major portion of that comes from the commercial sector, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The good news is that 77 percent of that waste was recycled. For every one ton of recycled cardboard, we save nine cubic yards of landfill space. Our backhauling and baling solutions will help identify potentially profitable cardboard recycling opportunities for your business that help the environment.
Food waste can comprise around 40% of the municipal solid waste stream in the food service industry. Implementing a recycling program can reduce disposal fees by 50%-60% in some cases. RiverRoad will work with you to develop a customized plan for recycling food waste, utilizing the most logical, economical options available in your geographical area. Whether it’s donation, animal feed or composting, we have a solution. Your socially responsible food waste program will build your brand and expand your customer base, while improving the bottom line.
We have the tools and the track record to assist with changing your employees’ habits to make your recycling program a success. We have online training. We will supply informational posters for every location, and provide continuing education as your program evolves.
RiverRoad’s recycling services for used cooking oil will allow your company to maximize rebates while meeting corporate sustainability initiatives, improving your brand image and creating a cleaner environment. Our service providers will measure and report collections against an industry standard that will net you the most rebates. We will provide a consolidated monthly report for all your locations.
We also provide customized grease trap maintenance programs to implement the correct service schedule that avoids costly and unnecessary servicing. We make sure you stay in compliance with any and all city codes by establishing appropriate ongoing servicing levels and providing all related documentation. Our maintenance programs will control and reduce offensive odors inside the traps. Regularly scheduled cleanings will cut out the high cost of emergency services.
Paper, plastics and glass are large contributors to the 83 million tons of waste Americans recycle each year, according to recent EPA statistics, helping to provide an annual benefit of 182 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent emissions reduced. In energy terms, recycling saves about 1.3 quadrillion Btu per year, the equivalent of more than 10.2 billion gallons of gasoline.
Recycling is good for the environment, we know, but does it benefit business in other ways? The answer is a resounding yes. Recycling helps companies save money through landfill diversion and also generate revenue from recovered materials. Additionally, our skilled waste industry professionals assist in helping clients understand geographic and municipal recycling regulations to ensure compliance.
Universal and eWaste is a rapidly growing segment of the waste stream for obvious reasons. Consider the following statistic from the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), which estimates that Americans own approximately 24 electronic products per household. In the United States, more than 3.15 million tons of universal and e-waste is generated annually and just about 13.5% of that is recycled, according to the EPA.
As a result, local laws are changing rapidly to keep up with the rising tide of universal and e-waste components. Many universal and e-waste materials can be toxic to our environment if placed into landfills. Finding a qualified and reputable recycler who responsibly handles universal and e-waste helps protect not only your organization’s reputation, but also protects our environment.
RiverRoad can create a reuse and recover program for universal and e-waste to encompass these components:
From a best practice standpoint, it is best to reuse equipment where possible either through redeployment inside the organization or by using charitable organizations. When reuse is not an option, recycling can recover valuable materials that help reduce environmental emissions and energy usage, while creating a potential new source of revenue.
Single Stream recycling, an emerging recycling option in many markets, can greatly simplify your waste diversion and recycling program. Single Streaming services can reduce the amount of equipment needed on site and the requirement to sort materials prior to collection. All recyclable materials are collected in a single container then processed at a permitted Material Recovery Facility (MRF). As options around Single Stream recycling continue to evolve, RiverRoad works with clients to make recycling an easy and viable solution by bringing these options to light.
Recycling your used motor oil via our service network provides an eco-friendly, energy-efficient, cost-effective solution that will help you lower costs and achieve sustainability goals. RiverRoad supplies metrics and applies analysis to make sure you have an optimal program and service level. We provide thorough documentation to satisfy any corporate risk/compliance data requirements. Our operational controls prevent unauthorized expenditures at the garage level.
Currently, between 8% and 13% of your tires can be reused, but where does the other 87% to 92% go? If your tires are being picked up for free or someone is paying for them, then they are not being properly disposed of. RiverRoad will make sure your company avoids liability and fines from improper disposal through creation of a proper end-of-life solution for your tires. Our repurposing solutions for your used tires will mitigate environmental impacts while contributing to zero waste goals.
Our oil water separator services will assist you in minimizing pollution while satisfying any EPA environmental regulations that apply to your organization. RiverRoad’s job completion form ensures a thorough service the first time. No more costly callbacks for incomplete oil water separator services. We mitigate contamination risks and guarantee that you are in compliance with state and federal regulations. Our transparent reporting model provides all the necessary documentation.
Construction and demolition waste is managed by RiverRoad anywhere in the country to ensure landfill diversion and maximum value extraction from recyclable materials.