Cox Enterprises has achieved a milestone of recycling more than 100,000 tons of materials since 2013. This milestone coincides with the 10th anniversary of the company’s Cox Conserves sustainability program, which has a goal of achieving zero waste to landfill by 2024.
“At Cox, we understand that sustainability is a collective effort,” said Cox Enterprises Vice President of Environmental Sustainability Keith Mask in a statement. “We meet our environmental goals by looking for innovative ways to engage our employees and customers and investing in programs and technologies that allow us to operate in an environmentally responsible manner. We look at every way possible to recycle and repurpose materials. We also make it easy for employees to participate.”
Across its divisions, Cox has invested more than $1 million into a variety of projects geared toward reducing consumption and recycling or composting materials. These efforts include diverting materials from landfills, decreasing consumption of natural resources and reducing the energy and emissions associated with manufacturing new products.
In 2016, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, part of Cox Media Group, became the first U.S. newspaper to receive Gold-level certification from the U.S. Zero Waste Building Council. The same year, Cox also launched nearly 40 new site-specific recycling and composting programs across the country.
This year, the company opened its new Golden Isles Conservation Center, a facility that utilizes an eco-friendly process to break down tires into their original components. By repurposing the materials, the center has the capacity to daily remove the equivalent of five tons of tires from landfills and waterways.