Articles & White Papers

  • March 19 2015
    Use Lean to Get Green
    Lean Six Sigma is a well-known business practice that has helped many organizations improve their performance by systematically removing waste. Lean tools and principles are very effective in helping organizations achieve their waste diversion goals.
  • March 16 2015
    Communication – Help People Make the Right Choice
    Communication is a vital component of the CleanRiver 3C Process which is a set of best practices designed to help you increase the amount of waste you divert from landfill and generate a return on your program investment. The 3Cs stand for Culture, Communication and Collection. Here’s the top 5 ways you can use Communication to get a best in class recycling program...
  • January 30 2015
    Culture –Your People Make a Recycling Program Work
    Culture is the number one driver for recycling program success; here’s how to get your people using your recycling program properly.
  • December 10 2014
    Achieving ROI with Your Recycling Program
    The biggest barrier for implementing an effective recycling program is often the capital investment required. Because recycling programs are often thought of as a “nice to do” rather than a financial investment, they are often not given priority for budget allocation. In reality however, effective recycling programs can generate revenue for an organization and payback the initial investment in as little as 2 years.
  • December 09 2014
    Divert More Waste From Landfill with the CleanRiver 3C Process
    CleanRiver created the 3C process to empower organizations to increase the amount of waste they divert from landfill. It’s a set of best practices that enable you to implement a truly effective recycling program that goes way beyond the bin. The 3Cs stand for Culture, Communication and Collection.
  • October 29 2014
    Make Money From Your Recycling Program
    Your recycling program can be a valuable income generator which improves your bottom line or frees up funding for other sustainability initiatives. Here’s the top 3 ways to generate revenue from your recycling program.
  • October 29 2014
    Organics Collection - How Saving the Planet Can Save You Money
    Organics collection is coming on strong in many parts of the US and Canada - and with good reason. Compostable materials make up a large percentage of waste in landfill and decompose to product methane gas, a leading contributor to global climate change. However, when compostable materials are captured and processed properly, they can be used to help grow crops, revive nutrient deficient land and even to produce power!
  • September 11 2014
    WHITEPAPER: Recycling Success is Beyond the Bin
    In this report we investigate the impact that Culture, Communication and Collection have on the success of a recycling program by implementing one at a local high school and monitoring the diversion and contamination rates.
  • September 11 2014
    Why Aren't There Standard Colors for Recycling Streams?
    It would seem logical in a society that embraces color as a visual cue, that there would be some level of color standardization. After all, we all know that red means stop and green means go. Surprisingly however, there still isn’t a standard to drive visual recognition of where to toss your trash vs your recyclables.
  • September 11 2014
    Save Money with a Centralized Recycling Program
    Many organizations such as Harley Davidson, Brewer Science and Wilfred Laurier University, have implemented centralized recycling and waste programs.
  • June 17 2014
    Foodservice Packaging Can Ruin Your Recycling Program
    Facilities with food courts or cafeterias such as airports, office buildings, educational facilities and stadiums, often find it difficult to maintain a successful recycling program due to high stream contamination and low user adoption.
  • June 17 2014
    Zero Waste is an Attainable Goal
    Zero Waste is a philosophy that takes a whole system approach to the flow of resources and waste through our society. It emphasizes waste prevention at the beginning of the cycle rather than waste management.
  • May 05 2014
    May 2014
    How to measure your diversion rate, questions you should ask your waste hauler, McDonalds, Laval, bee-killing neonicotinoids and more!
  • March 31 2014
    Save Money on Waste Hauling Fees
    Your waste hauling contract is often the last thing on your mind; you have enough to do already! The fact is not many people take the time to really examine the terms of their contract which is a big mistake as you may be missing out some real savings that could impact your bottom line.
  • March 31 2014
    Example Questions for Your Waste Hauler
    Ask these questions when you are investigating your current waste hauling contract with the goal of reducing your waste hauling costs by optimizing your program.
  • March 31 2014
    What is Recycling Stream Contamination?
    Did you know that if your stream contamination exceeds your waste hauler’s acceptable level then your collected recycling content will be considered non-recyclable and tossed in with the garbage – not good news!
  • March 31 2014
    How to Measure Your Diversion Rate
    Diversion rate is one of the key KPI’s in a successful recycling program and it represents the amount of waste that is diverted from landfill for recycling.
  • March 31 2014
    2012 Postconsumer Plastics Recycling in Canada
    In 2012, at least 285 million kilograms of postconsumer (including post-commercial)1 plastic material was collected for recycling in Canada. This represents a 10% increase in recycling over 2011, due in large part to increased purchasing by domestic reclaimers.
  • March 11 2013
    Startling Results from 40 Year Study
    Forty years of data compiled by the North American Bird Conservation Initiative (NABCI-Canada) outlines trends in population growth or decline by region, specific threats to species, environmental conservation efforts to protect migratory routes and breeding grounds, and identifies 66 species as Endangered, Threatened, or of Special Concern.
  • April 17 2012
    Back-of-the-House Steps to Capture Waste Stream Value
    When people consider facility recycling, they tend to think in terms of collection bins and cheerful signs urging everyone to pitch in and go green...
  • January 20 2012
    Arena and Stadium Recycling
    Aside from the experience of watching a game, the following could be said about sports fans who flock to arenas and stadiums...
  • June 27 2011
    Planning, Implementing and Managing an Effective Recycling Program in QSR and Foodservice Environments
    Good recycling management will boost financial performance by reducing waste disposal costs, enhance the physical appearance of facilities by reducing litter, and improve the environment. The return on investment in recycling is very real, but achieving this ROI requires programs that are planned, implemented and managed within the reality of a facility's specific waste stream...
  • September 13 2010
    New Recycling Bin From CleanRiver Meets Changing Waste Requirements
    Good recycling management will boost financial performance by reducing waste disposal costs, enhancing the physical appearance of facilities by reducing litter and improving the environment.