Atlanta-based Cox Enterprises is one of our nation’s media giants. The company owns Cox Communications, the third largest cable company in the U.S., several newspapers, radio stations, AutoTrader.com and more. With more than 66,000 employees spread across all of the Cox companies, when a company like Cox Enterprises focuses on recycling, the impact can be significant.
Last year, Cox Enterprises announced its partnership with Redemtech to improve the company’s e-waste recycling program. This program is preventing about 1.8 million pounds of e-waste from ending up in our nation’s landfills. E-waste from Cox Enterprises may be redeployed to other business units, donated to charity, or even refurbished and resold. If a product is at the end of its life cycle, it will be broken down so that individual components can be salvaged or recycled into raw materials that are then used in new products.
Cox Enterprises’ commitment to e-waste recycling goes beyond corporate assets and extends to the communities that it serves. Cox Communications and the San Diego Padres have teamed up to provide a safe and free way for San Diego residents to recycle their electronics. On the first Saturday of every month, area residents can bring their electronics to Petco Park where they are then disposed of per California guidelines.
The recycling program at Cox extends beyond electronic waste; the company has also taken steps to encourage recycling by its employees. Employees at Cox’s corporate headquarters have recycling bins both at their desk and at convenient locations throughout the building; the foodservice products now use biodegradable plates, bowls, cups, and salad plates; and the company uses recycled paper when printing its newspapers.
In Arizona, employees of Cox Communications take recycling a step further thanks to Project TWIG (Turning Waste Into Growth). Employees sell aluminum, plastic, paper, and cardboard to local recycling centers and then donate the proceeds to local charities. The program launched in 2008, and so far more than $12,000 has been donated to Arizona charities.
Cox Enterprises’ community connection continues through the Cox Conserves Heroes program. Cox business outlets in Atlanta, New Orleans, San Diego, San Francisco and Seattle participate in the program, which recognizes local environmental heroes with a donation to their favorite eco charity. Past winners include Jenga Mwendo, who was recognized for her work to revitalize gardens in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, and Don Wells for his work in the North Georgia Mountains.
Cox Enterprises’ commitment to sustainability extends beyond recycling and community programs: the company also uses onsite renewable energy at several of its location, employs hybrid and alternative fuel vehicles in its corporate fleet, and is working on water stewardship goals. For more information about the company’s sustainable business practices, visit the Cox Conserves website.