Sustainability and Environmental Responsibility
Environmental responsibility is our business. It is not one component, it’s what we do.
We manage materials used by the current generation so that they benefit and do not harm future generations. We are working with our customers, vendors and the communities we serve to ensure the protection and improvement of the environment.
Republic Services provides innovative waste solutions that preserve and protect our natural resources. We put this commitment into practice in our communities every day. Our history and investment demonstrate this ongoing commitment to the community.
Our business is also about helping others manage their environmental impact. Our customers want more than efficient collection at the lowest cost. They want help meeting their goals around sustainability and environmental responsibility.
Providing Clean, Green, Renewable Energy
As part of our ongoing commitment to creating cleaner, greener communities, Republic Services has invested in a number of renewable energy technologies at our landfills. We are proud to have in place the nation’s first Solar Energy Cover at our Tessman Road Landfill in San Antonio, Texas. The project capped a closed area of the landfill with a liner and flexible solar panels and now generates renewable energy.
For decades, Republic has tapped the gas produced naturally through the decomposition of waste as a renewable energy source. We operate landfill gas-to-energy projects at many of our landfills nationwide. These projects provide enough energy to meet the needs of approximately 192,000 homes and gas to heat another 201,000. The benefit to the environment is equivalent to removing more than four million cars from the road or planting more than 4.5 million acres of fir or pine trees.