Five Ways the Industry is Participating in Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Waste and recycling companies are launching initiatives in an effort to kick cancer to the curb this October.

Mallory Szczepanski, Vice President of Member Relations and Publications

October 24, 2018

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Did you know that one in eight U.S. women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime? And that in 2018, according to, an estimated 266,120 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in women in the U.S., along with 63,960 new cases of non-invasive (in situ) breast cancer?

Though breast cancer is most commonly thought of as a disease that affects women, it does affect men, too. According to the Mayo Clinic, male breast cancer is most common in older men, though it can occur at any age. Although, less than 1 percent of all breast cancers occur in men, according to, in 2018, about 2,550 men are expected to be diagnosed with the disease.

These statistics, among many others, are used to raise awareness about breast cancer during the month of October. And in an effort to educate employees and customers about breast cancer and show support to those diagnosed with the disease and those who have survived it, waste and recycling companies have launched awareness initiatives. 

In this gallery, we highlight five initiatives that companies have rolled out to kick cancer to the curb this October and beyond.

Have an initiative to share? Head on over to Twitter and mention @Waste360 with the hashtag #BreastCancerAwarenessMonth.

About the Author(s)

Mallory Szczepanski

Vice President of Member Relations and Publications, NWRA

Mallory Szczepanski was previously the editorial director for Waste360. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Columbia College Chicago, where her research focused on magazine journalism. She also has previously worked for Contract magazine, Restaurant Business magazine, FoodService Director magazine and Concrete Construction magazine.

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