In the greater Greenville, S.C. area, transitioning from bins to rollcarts was about more than capturing higher volumes of recyclables. The change ushered in a more efficient collection system while reducing litter and generating higher quality material in some cases.
RRS tracked the environmental efforts described in the corporate social responsibility reports of the top 50 U.S. companies on the Fortune 500 list. Waste, recycling, energy and greenhouse gas emissions were some of the most common areas for corporate efforts.
Over half of the companies (28) reported on goals or progress metrics related to waste and recycling, though only four mentioned zero waste goals.
Meanwhile, 80 percent (40 companies) cited efforts related to either greenhouse gas reduction or renewable energy.
Data Corner is compiled monthly by recycling consultancy RRS.
This article originally appeared in the November 2018 issue of Resource Recycling. Subscribe today for access to all print content.