Sustainability at Recology

Recology is committed to creating a world without waste by helping our communities minimize material sent to landfills through our programs for reuse, recycling, and composting. Along the way, we strive to preserve our natural resources, empower our local communities, and support our dedicated workforce. Together, these efforts embody sustainability at Recology – an intersection of environmental and social values.

We are proud to publish our 2019 Sustainability Report, showcasing the ways Recology is developing innovative solutions for today’s greatest environmental challenges.



Beyond our core environmental services, Recology addresses the impacts of our operations by transitioning our facilities and vehicles to renewable energy, investing in water recycling infrastructure, preserving natural spaces, and minimizing emissions.



Recology empowers local communities by providing education and resources for recycling and waste reduction, cultivating a robust volunteer program, engaging local artists, and supporting community events and organizations.



As a 100% employee owned company, Recology fosters a workplace culture centered around collaboration and teamwork. By prioritizing safety, supporting employee owner development, and cultivating diversity, Recology creates an environment for employee owners to GROW.

Recology is an industry leader in organics collection and processing. In 2018, we processed 1.6 billion pounds of organic material to produce 20 varieties of nutrient-rich compost and mulch.

Read more about our 2018 environmental highlights below.



We sorted 1.2 billion pounds of recyclable material, marketing more than 20 different commodities, including paper, metals, glass, and plastics.


Renewable Energy

We generated 40,900 megawatt-hours of renewable energy at our facilities from solar arrays and landfill gas-to-energy technology.


Emission Offsets

Recology offset greenhouse gas emissions by 1.7 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent through our recycling and composting activities.


Land Stewardship

We maintained 587 acres of natural space at our facilities, including species habitat, conservation easements, and open spaces.


Sustainable Fuels

Recology is committed to transitioning away from conventional fossil fuels. We estimate that 50% of our fleet was powered by renewable or alternative energy sources in 2018, and commit to achieve 90% by 2022.


Water Conservation

Through storm water capture and advanced water recycling systems, we conserved over 69 million gallons of fresh water at our facilities.

Through the Recology Volunteer Program, 600 employee owners donated nearly 2,000 hours of their time to improve local parks, schools, and community centers in 2018.

Read more about our 2018 community highlights below.


Community Leadership

60 employee owners held leadership positions in 140 community organizations.


Waste Zero Education

We delivered 1,200 educational presentations and trainings, and led 265 tours of our recovery facilities.

Artists In Residence

Artist in Residence Programs

We hosted 22 local artists through Recology Artist in Residence programs.

Recology empowers our diverse workforce of over 3,700 employee owners by providing opportunities for company ownership and leadership development. Together, we strive for excellence in safety, innovation, and inclusivity.

Read more about our 2018 culture highlights below.



We are comitted to cultivating an inclusive and diverse workplace. In 2018, minority or women employee owners held 58% of the value of Recology shares.


Balanced Perspective

36% of our employee owners celebrated more than a decade working for Recology, while 34% of our employee owners began their employee ownership journey within the past two years.


Collaborative Culture

More than 90 employee owners collaborated to share their expertise and develop the company’s current five-year strategic plan.