MANASSAS, Va., Oct. 24, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Republic Services is pleased to announce the Virginia Recycling Association has named Republic's Northern Virginia Recycling Center the winner of the Outstanding Service Provider of the Year Award. The award was presented today at the Virginia Recycling Association annual membership meeting and awards ceremony in Harrisonburg, Va.
"We believe in empowering our customers and communities to do more of the right thing," said Drew Isenhour, area president of Republic Services. "This means providing effortless recycling solutions and creating a sustained impact through public education and awareness. We are committed to supporting the evolving recycling needs of our customers and the local communities we are fortunate to serve. We dedicate this recognition to our hard working employees."
The Northern Virginia Recycling Center has been recognized as one of the largest Recycling Centers in the state serving over 140,000 households and 5,000 commercial and industrial businesses each month. Republic has made numerous investments to improve the Recycling Center's processing capabilities as part of a large revitalization project. With more than 80 full-time employees, the Center has the ability to process between 11,000 and 14,000 tons of material per month. Recycling rates have increased by approximately nine percent with the implementation of single stream recycling.
"The Virginia Recycling Association is thrilled to celebrate Republic as one of 13 exemplary recyclers honored for our 2016 Recycling Awards," stated Debbie Spiliotopoulos, Virginia Recycling Association president. "The VRA awards program shines a spotlight on the importance of recycling to Virginia's economy, environmental protection, and sustainable management of over 12 million tons of waste generated annually in the state."
The Northern Virginia Recycling Center system features 29 quality control personnel per shift for production of marketable materials; five mechanical sorters including three optical sorters, one magnetic sort and one eddy current; eight screens to include one old corrugated cardboard, six paper screens and one glass screen; two balers for preparing commodities for shipment; and 75 conveyor belts throughout the recycling center.
Known as the Blue PlanetTM sustainability initiative, Republic is defining its approach to corporate social responsibility through reduced emissions from operations, materials management, safety, community engagement, and employee growth opportunities. Republic collects and processes approximately five million tons of recyclables per year at 67 recycling centers nationwide. To view Republic's Sustainability Report, go to https://www.republicservices.com/sustainability.
About Republic Services
Republic Services, Inc. is an industry leader in U.S. recycling and non-hazardous solid waste. Through its subsidiaries, Republic's collection companies, recycling centers, transfer stations and landfills focus on providing effective solutions to make proper waste disposal effortless for its 14 million customers. We'll handle it from here.TM, the brand's promise, lets customers know they can count on Republic to provide a superior experience while fostering a sustainable Blue PlanetTM for future generations to enjoy a cleaner, safer and healthier world.
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