Date: October 29, 2009
Source: Republic Services, Inc.
Republic Services' Green Initiatives Grow
Recycling Capacity Needed to Meet Future Demand
Plans for 3rd Material Recycling Facility in North Texas
Almost a year after merging with Allied Waste Services, Republic Services, Inc. (NYSE: RSG) reports that, in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area, the green initiatives of the combined companies are growing steadily in acceptance and participation. Republic is planning to construct a third state-of-the-art processing center at a location in Tarrant County since the space required for the company to be able to collect, sort and transport recyclable materials to its markets is growing.
"Despite the economy, people are concerned about how best to conserve our natural resources, and they appreciate the convenience and ease of recycling at home and in the workplace," said Nick Stefkovich, area president North Texas for Republic. "Even with our two materials recovery facilities (MRFs) in Plano and south Dallas, we need more space."
Public school districts are moving to implement recycling programs. In past months, Republic has added the Grapevine/Colleyville, Keller, Carrollton/Farmer's Branch, Mesquite, Southlake/Carroll and Lancaster independent school districts to its list of public sector contracts. "Smaller, local businesses are also signing up because they understand the efficiencies and cost savings of convenient recycling services," Stefkovich said.
Single-stream processing makes recycling easy, he added. All materials may be co-mingled at their source, and they are sorted using the most advanced technology at a MRF. "There is no longer the requirement of placing different materials into separate bins. Everything may be placed into one container, which we will then empty on our established collection days." Stefkovich said.
Currently, Republic has an agreement with RecycleBank in North Central Texas, a program that puts money in the pockets of Republic's customers. In cities which are participating in RecycleBank, recycling participation is measured, and points are awarded for residents to use for discounts at local stores. In July, the City of Carrollton reported a 12 percent increase in its recycling rate for a six-month period with the introduction of this program.
About Republic Services
Republic Services is a leading provider of solid waste collection, transfer, recycling and disposal services. The company provides trash collection services to commercial, industrial, municipal and residential customers in 40 states and Puerto Rico through its 400 collection companies. Republic Services owns or operates 242 transfer stations, 213 solid waste landfills and 78 recycling facilities. The company is headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona and has 34,000 employees. For more information, visit the Republic Services Web site at www.republicservices.com.
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