Republic Service to add at least 2 landfill gas projects per year

By Erin Voegele | September 02, 2016

Republic Services Inc. has released a sustainability report covering the 2015 fiscal year. Increased use and production of renewable energy resources are among the various topics discussed within the report.

The sustainability report depicts the company’s efforts to further improve its environmental and social impacts through decreased vehicle emissions, innovative landfill technologies, use of renewable energy, community engagement, and employee growth opportunities. The report also demonstrates continued progress toward Republic Service’s four sustainability goals and represents its latest achievements as part of its Blue Planet sustainability initiative.

One of Republic Service’s four sustainability goals calls for the company to develop at least two landfill gas-to-energy projects per year by 2018. Also by 2018, the company aims to add an additional 150,000 tons per year or more of recycling capability, reduce fleet emissions from direct operational impacts by 3 percent and reduce OSHA recordable rates by 7 percent year-over-year.

According to the report, Republic Services currently operates 193 active modern-day regenerative landfills across 39 states serving 14 million customers. The report also indicates the company currently operates 69 landfill-gas-to-energy projects. Together, those projects generate enough renewable energy to power more than 250,000 homes, which is equivalent to every household in the city of Atlanta, Georgia.

Within the report, Republic Services also highlights its use of Redeem renewable natural gas in California. Through a partnership with Clean Energy, biogenic methane is converted into a transportation fuel source. The company said the Redeem program allows for as much as 6.3 million gasoline gallon equivalents per year and fuels 230 of Republic Service’s compressed natural gas (CNG) powered collection trucks state-wide. 

A full copy of the 2015 Sustainability Report can be downloaded from the Republic Services website.