RIRRC, a quasi-government organization, opened the state’s first single-stream recycling facility in 2012 as part of an effort to improve recycling rates and reduce waste sent to Rhode Island’s landfill. Hasbro is the largest business to formally adopt Rhode Island’s new recycling program, following a successful pilot program in 2012.
In 2011, Rhode Island’s average recycling rate was 21.7 percent, nearly 12 points below the national average, according to EPA figures. RIRRC updated its facility in June 2012, to accommodate single-stream recycling, which simplifies the recycling process by eliminating the need for customers to sort paper, bottles and cans before delivery to RIRRC for processing.
RIRRC has already rolled out the program for residential customers. Within the first month of operation in the residential sector, recycling volumes increased by 7.5 percent.
According to Hasbro’s latest sustainability report, the company’s recycling rate has hovered around the 83 percent mark over the past two years. The company’s non-hazardous waste production fell just over 25 percent year-on-year, the report says.
In November 2011, Hasbro released a Paper and Forest Procurement Policy outlining its procurement decisions for product packaging, as well a 2011 goal to source at least 75 percent of paper packaging from either recycled material or sources that practice sustainable forest management. By 2015, the company aims to achieve 90 percent usage of these materials and sources for all paperboard packaging and in-box game content.
In March last year, the company was among a host of companies named for the first time on Ethispere’s Most Ethical Companies list.