| Company Collected 2,500 Flags During Its Free Program Across 18 States|
Advanced Disposal, an integrated environmental services company, is honored to retire 2,539 American flags that the company collected this summer as part of its flag retirement program, which was a free service to the communities it serves. A handful of the collected flags were properly retired Saturday as stipulated by the U.S. Flag Code in a special Veterans Day ceremony at Magnolia Cemetery in Orange Park, Fla.
“We wish to thank all veterans for their service to this great county that we are lucky to call home,” said Advanced Disposal CEO Richard Burke. “What better way to show our appreciation than to respectfully retire these stars and stripes that may have seen brighter days. We’re proud to be an American company and honored to offer this service to our customers and neighbors. The response was more than we could have imagined, so our thanks to everyone who brought in a flag to be retired.”
The flag retirement ceremony was hosted by Advanced Disposal, Black Creek District Boy Scouts, Florida Youth Challenge Academy, Veterans of Foreign Wars Middleburg and community leaders. The rest of the flags will be retired with dignity in partnership with American Flag Recycling in Butler, Wis.
All 226 Advanced Disposal locations collected old, worn, torn and faded American flags for proper retirement. The program ran from June 1 through Sept. 11, and the company plans to host the program again next year. More information at www.AdvancedDisposal.com/RetireYourFlag and please visit www.AdvancedDisposal.com/ServiceAlertSignUp and sign up to be contacted regarding important information from Advanced Disposal, such as a reminder email for the 2016 Flag Retirement Program.
Flag Collection Stats
Largest: About 30 feet
Smallest: About 1 inch
Most Unique: About one hundred flags that marked gravesites at a cemetery.
About Advanced Disposal
Advanced Disposal brings fresh ideas and solutions to the business of a clean environment. As the fifth largest solid waste company in the U.S., we provide integrated, non-hazardous solid waste collection, recycling and disposal services to residential, commercial, industrial and construction customers across 18 states and the Bahamas. Our team is dedicated to finding effective, sustainable solutions to preserve the environment for future generations. We welcome you to learn more at AdvancedDisposal.com or follow us on Facebook.
| The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) and the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) today announced the formation of an Alliance to promote health and safety in workplaces throughout the recycling industry. Through the Alliance, ISRI will team with OSHA to provide ISRI’s members and others with information, guidance, training, and other resources to protect the health and safety of workers within the scrap recycling industry.|
“ISRI’s Alliance with OSHA underscores the recycling industry’s commitment to worker safety and the fact that it is truly a core value for the association and its members,” said Doug Kramer, chair of ISRI. “Through ISRI’s safety outreach programs and initiatives such as the Circle of Safety Excellence™, we have made great strides in improving worker safety throughout the industry but know that further efforts are still needed. Now with the support of OSHA behind us, ISRI will be able to provide even greater resources for our members to ensure their workers return home safely to their families every night.”
One of the goals of the new Alliance is to promote a culture of safety within the scrap recycling industry that works towards the reduction of workplace-incidents and prevention of worker exposure to hazards. This includes those associated with powered industrial trucks and other machinery, insufficient hazard communication, lead, improper electrical wiring methods, control of hazardous energy, and others. Injury, illness, and hazard exposure data will be used to prioritize areas of emphasis for Alliance activities.
“These hazards can result in serious injuries and death for workers in the scrap recycling industry,” said Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Dr. David Michaels. “We are pleased to partner with ISRI in developing effective tools to control or eliminate safety and health hazards in this industry.”
It is anticipated that alliance activities will focus in the following three areas:
• Raising Awareness of OSHA’s Rulemaking and Enforcement Initiatives;
• Training and Education, including improving existing resources to promote greater utilization and improved safety outcomes, as well as the development and dissemination of new tools, in different languages as appropriate; and
• Communications and Outreach.
As part of the Alliance, ISRI and OSHA will collaborate on events such as ISRI Safety and Environmental Council (ISEC) meetings, ISRI’s Safety Stand-Down Day, and ISRI’s annual convention to provide compliance assistance for attendees, and promote and distribute OSHA, ISRI, and other available safety resources. Both sides will also include information within current publications regarding cooperative programs in which ISRI members could benefit. In addition, ISRI will help OSHA in promoting initiatives such as its Fall Prevention Stand-Down Day, the use of workplace safety and health management systems, and Heat Illness Prevention Campaign.
All ISRI members will be encouraged to take full advantage of the additional resources and training this Alliance provides. There is no additional cost or requirements for ISRI members to participate