Silver Spring Networks implemented waste-diversion improvements, including implementing recycling and compost bins and establishing a diversion rate tracking system in 2011. They were able to divert their waste with the introduction of recycling and composting bins throughout their Redwood City campus. Through their new program, they began diverting nearly 35 cubic yards of recycling and 26 cubic yards of organics per month, and were able to reduce their garbage from approximately 52 cubic yards per month by half to only 26 cubic yards per month. This resulted in a 70% diversion rate. Include other programs of Ewaste and battery recycling, along with shipping packaging re-use, their overall diversion is nearing 80%. Not only are they making their mark with the waste, they have created and posted signs in food service areas and restrooms to encourage paper and water use reduction, as well as energy saving practices of turning off lights and electronics.
They have also developed an on-site Earth Day event (in partnership with their Community and Event teams) with direct participation from the County of San Mateo RecycleWorks and Parks and Recreation, Sustainable Silicon Valley, Silicon Valley Leadership Group, Ennovationz, Drive Less Challenge, and One Block Off the Grid.