Beyond the Blue

Beyond the Blue

“Beyond the Blue” gives readers a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the operations, innovations, and people at Republic Services. This blog will explore what happens to trash after it leaves your curbside container, how landfills can be a source for renewable energy, our sustainability work with major sporting venues and iconic resorts and hotels, the intricate process of recovering oil from exploration and production waste, configured products and solutions for our customers, tips for environmentally responsible living, and more.

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Are Takeout Containers Recyclable?
We love to order takeout food, especially nowadays with so many of us spending more time at home. But with all those orders come a lot of plastic bags, containers, utensils, etc. and not all of it can go into your recycling bin.  Just because a takeout container has a recyclable symbol on it, don’t assume it's okay to recycle it. The acceptance of recyclable materials can vary from...
Sep 25, 2020 3:00 PM ET
The Importance of Recycling During a Pandemic
Just about everything is shipped in a paper box including vital medical supplies and everyday items you buy at the grocery store. It’s also why recycling paper products and cardboard boxes has become even more critical to ensure there’s enough paper to support a variety of manufacturers in the supply chain.   During the COVID-19 pandemic, there’s been high demand for necessary...
Jul 16, 2020 12:10 PM ET
What to do When Your Grocery Store Says “No Thanks” to Your Reusable Bag
Using your own reusable bag at the grocery store is a less wasteful practice that many Americans have adopted to reduce the use of plastic bags. However, due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, reusable bags are being shunned at some grocery stores over concerns that these bags could potentially introduce COVID-19 to their stores, employees and other shoppers. While there is little to...
Apr 20, 2020 11:50 AM ET
Doing Your Recycling Best During COVID-19
We’ve all been staying at home the past few weeks with very good reason – preventing the spread of COVID-19. During this time, you probably are generating more waste, particularly food and beverage packaging, takeout containers and cardboard boxes. As household waste increases, it’s more important than ever to be mindful of the right things to put in your recycling bin. When it comes to...
Apr 14, 2020 10:40 AM ET
Don’t Lose Sleep Over How to Recycle Your Mattress
Unless you’re a magician, your old mattress likely won’t fit in your curbside recycling bin. Even if it could, it definitely doesn’t belong there. The good news is – you can recycle it! About 80% of the materials in a mattress are recyclable; however, we toss out about 15 to 20 million mattresses yearly in the U.S., each taking up about 40 cubic feet of space in a landfill¹. Here...
Mar 5, 2020 1:25 PM ET