We believe actions speak louder than words. We’re hands-on when it comes to environmental responsibility and protecting our planet for future generations. We collect nearly 5 million tons of recyclable material annually while over 160 environmental Managers, Engineers and Scientists focus on monitoring operational excellence in our landfills. Our recycling investments transform recyclable materials into an environmental supply chain, and we use practical innovations to create renewable energy, reduce emissions, and lower our operating costs. We’re also involved in sustainability projects across the country, including food waste, school recycling, community recycling rewards, renewable energy, landfill habitat projects and many more.
Our educated Account Managers deliver smart and effective recycling and waste solutions to help preserve the planet and work toward a sustainable future.
With our continued investment in new and innovative recycling centers, we are able to divert more waste from landfills than ever before.
From curbside to recycling center to remanufacturing, we’re dedicated to recycling in order to reduce environmental resource strain. Our high-tech recycling equipment allows us to quickly process materials so we can send them to different markets around the country and overseas for remanufacturing into new products.
When you recycle cans and other metals, nearly all of the material can be reused for future products such as new cookware, electronics or even a new bicycle. Collect your recyclable material in a convenient recycle bin.
You’ll contribute to a long list of new products when you recycle old newspaper and other paper products. For example, that recycled paper can become new books, egg cartons, building insulation, boxes, kitty litter, sheetrock and even kitchen countertops.
New glass objects are actually easier to make from recycled bottles than from the raw materials. When you recycle glass, it’s reused to make new bottles and fiberglass that we use every day.
Plastic is one of the most versatile materials when it comes to recycling. After our facilities sort by type of plastic, the recycled materials can be used for carpeting, backpacks, fleece jackets, play sets, plastic decking and containers. Much of what you use every day is made from recycled plastics.
Light bulbs and batteries contain harmful chemicals such as mercury, lithium and nickel. You can collect and recycle light bulbs and batteries to keep them out of landfills.
When your electronics become old and obsolete, you can recycle them through us and know they will be safely and responsibly disposed of. Our recycling centers separate electronics and sort them to their basic materials to be reused: glass, metal, plastic and other materials.
Modern day landfills are designed and constructed with environmental protection systems. A liner system creates an impenetrable barrier between soil and groundwater and what goes into the landfill. A typical liner starts with a composite liner of clay and synthetic material. Clay is compacted to increase impermeability (meaning that liquids can’t get through). A high-density plastic liner is placed over the clay and a drainage layer is installed over the liner. The liner system must meet all state and federal regulations.
The environmental protection measures used at a landfill also include a system to collect leachate—liquids from inside the landfill. A perforated pipe is placed on top of the liner system to allow for proper drainage and collection of rainwater and other liquids. Collected liquid is responsibly treated onsite or at a wastewater treatment plant.
Storm water runoff is collected and contained in sedimentation basins. These ponds allow soil particles to settle out of the water before it is discharged to a nearby waterway.
Groundwater is one of the most important concerns at a landfill. Monitoring wells are installed and checked regularly.
This main part of the landfill is where trash is placed by trucks and then compacted by heavy machines. Each day, the new garbage is covered with dirt, or another approved cover layer, to contain odors and discourage pests.
When a landfill section is full to capacity, it is capped with a final cover and monitored for at least 30 years. A typical cap consists of a synthetic plastic liner that is placed on top, entombing all that was put into the landfill. The liner is then topped with approximately 24 inches of soil and final vegetation.
At Republic Services, we’re committed to our renewable energy initiatives. We use practical innovations to create renewable energy, reduce emissions, and lower operating costs. At the same time, our energy projects reduce dependency on foreign oil. For us, practical sustainability is a way of life.
We’re working on landfill gas-to-energy innovations to preserve and create vital resources.
We’re capturing solar energy to create an environmentally-friendly energy solution.
We have more than 2,200 vehicles running on alternative fuels.
At Republic Services, sustainability is a big part of what we do. From our recycling services to our landfills to our natural gas vehicles and more, we’re committed to doing our part to take care of the environments where we live and work.Download Our Sustainability ReportDownload Our Global Reporting Initiative