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Rubbermaid and RONA-U release

April 21, 2010
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Winchester, VA – RONA-U, a collegiate group backed by the Recycling Organization of North America (RONA) to better connect higher education and the recycling industry, recently announced that Rubbermaid Commercial Products (RCP), the leader in durable facility maintenance solutions based in Winchester, Va., has signed a charter partnership agreement to increase waste recycling streams more efficiently on campuses across the nation.
RONA-U partnered with Rubbermaid Commercial Products because of their commitment to products, methods and programs that help people live and work in more environmentally sustainable ways.
“RCP has a number of products and training programs that can assist RONA-U with their goals of sustaining and enhancing recycling and waste reduction on campuses across North America,” said Corey Rodriguez, National Segment Manager - Institutional for Rubbermaid Commercial Products.
“We are excited to collaborate at this new, higher level with Rubbermaid Commercial Products” said Jack DeBell, RONA Program Manager for Universities. “This partnership holds great potential for colleges and universities seeking superior collection equipment and proven experience with campus operations.”
As part of the partnership, RONA-U and RCP will work together on a pilot take-back program, conduct institutional usage focus groups and provide technical assistance and training resources on best management practices when it comes to improved diversion rates. In addition, RONA will work with Rubbermaid to establish a procurement relationship that will provide RONA members economies of scale when purchasing products.
ABOUT Rubbermaid Commercial Products, LLC
Rubbermaid Commercial Products, headquartered in Winchester, Va., is a manufacturer of innovative, solution-based products for commercial and institutional markets worldwide. Since 1968, RCP has pioneered technologies and system solutions in the categories of food services, sanitary maintenance, waste handling, material transport, and safety products. RCP, an ISO 9001:2000 manufacturer, is part of Newell Rubbermaid’s global portfolio of brands and continues to develop innovative products. Visit

RONA-U is the collegiate group, tasked by the newly-formed Recycling Organizations of North America, to better connect higher education and the recycling industry. RONA-U is an EPA WasteWise endorser for universities. RONA-U promotes and contributes to AASHE''s Campus Sustainability Discussion Forum and will partner with RecycleMania to help advance their waste minimization competition. RONA-U is expanding its advocacy role with a student-led "Zero Waste for Zero Warming" campaign and support for the national "Recycling Works" campaign. A short interest survey is available at

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