March 17, 2015
Republic Services Inc. has unveiled a new sustainability plan, emphasizing reduced emissions, renewable energy and new landfill technology, among other factors.
The Phoenix-based Republic issued its 2014 Sustainability Report, which introduces the company’s plan, Blue Planet. The company will focus on five pillars of sustainability: safety, operations, materials management, communities and people, according to a news release.
The waste and recycling company’s plan also emphasizes community engagement and employee growth opportunities.
Republic identified goals on three areas to reduce emissions: recycled commodities, renewable energy and fleet operations. By 2018 Republic plans to add at least 150,000 tons per year of recycling capacity; develop at least two landfill gas and renewable energy projects annually; and reduce greenhouse gas emissions from Republic vehicles by 3 percent.
"Because we are striving to be America's preferred recycling and solid waste partner, we evaluated our internal operations to better understand our environmental impact, how to provide effortless solutions to our customers that empower them to do the right thing, and ultimately, ways to make our planet safer and better for everyone," said Don Slager, Republic president and CEO. "In 2015, we will continue to explore new opportunities to drive efficiencies and create shared value among our customers, employees and communities."