Climate Leadership

Through partnerships, innovation and investment, we're taking an active role to help create a more sustainable world.

Our Everyday Commitment

Partnering for a More Sustainable World

Across our operations, we are always looking for ways to improve sustainability. Whether we're developing processes to support circularity through recycling and reuse, turning landfill waste into renewable energy or growing our fleet of electrified trucks, each innovation is an opportunity to make a difference.

To remain accountable and transparent, we've established industry-leading benchmarks for reducing emissions, contributing to a sustainable circular economy, producing renewable energy and operating safely and responsibly for our employees, communities and the environment. Our goals are driven by science and focused in areas where we see the greatest potential for a positive impact.

By looking at sustainability from many angles, we're creating more ways for our organization to operate consciously, to limit use of resources through circularity and to help our customers reach their environmental, social and governance (ESG) goals. As a partner in sustainability, we're looking at all the options—and preparing for even more possibilities.

Republic Services is the first North American environmental services provider with an emissions reduction goal approved by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi).1

Science-Based Target35%Reduction in absolute Scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas emissions*

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Circular Economy40%Increase in recovery and circularity of key materials*

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Renewable Energy50%Increase in beneficial reuse of biogas*

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1SBTi is a partnership among CDP, the U.N. Global Compact, World Resources Institute (WRI) and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF).

*2017 baseline year

Circular Economy

Materials we collect from commercial and industrial waste streams feed into numerous circular systems. Here are some examples.

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Addressing Our Changing Climate

Leading Through Actions

Through our climate leadership initiatives, commitment translates into action. We see sustainability as a platform for growth for our customers, partners and the communities we serve.

Real-World Positive Impacts

Case Studies

Our actions and initiatives are making a difference all over the country. Here are just a few examples.

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Keeping the Lights On with a Closed Landfill

At a closed Republic Services landfill in Belleville, Ill., a 13-megawatt solar field generates enough electricity to power more than 2,000 nearby homes. One of the nation's largest landfill solar projects, it's delivering both environmental and economic sustainability.

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Helping Minneapolis Recycle More

The city of Minneapolis set an ambitious goal to recycle 50% of the city's waste by 2020 and 80% by 2030. Republic Services answered by investing in an $8 million renovation of our downtown recycling facility, increasing capacity by 35%.

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Preserving Biodiversity

At Republic Services' Coffin Butte Landfill in Oregon, over 556 acres are dedicated to preservation and research of the native Oregon White Oak, which provides a habitat for birds and reptiles, and a food source for mammals

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Fueling a Bus Fleet

In San Antonio, Texas, renewable natural gas produced from Republic Services' Tessman Road Landfill is being utilized to fuel about 75% of the city's bus fleet, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and helping the city achieve its climate action goals

Measuring Impact - 2022

2022 Figures

65Landfill gas-to-energy projects


8Solar energy sites


$325M+Invested in recycling infrastructure, past 5 yrs