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RoadRunner Raises $70 Million Series D To Fund National Expansion And Accelerate The Sustainability Solutions Of Tomorrow

Technology-driven sustainable waste management platform aims to revolutionize recycling for businesses across the globe

RoadRunner Recycling, a leader in sustainable waste management challenging the status quo of its industry, announced the close of a Series D investment of $70 million from BeyondNetZero, the climate investing venture of leading growth equity firm General Atlantic. This new round of funding brings RoadRunner’s total funding to date to $129.5 million.

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To date, the company has diverted more than 200K tons of waste from landfill across over 8,000 locations and collectively saved its customers upwards of $50 million on their waste and recycling operations. RoadRunner’s technology platform accurately predicts what volumes of different materials are generated by different industries, and what containers will most efficiently organize these waste and recycling streams. This enables RoadRunner to offer a customized plan that helps streamline waste and recycling operations across a portfolio, ultimately improving recycling rates and making sustainability goals measurable and achievable, all while reducing costs and improving service.

The Series D financing enables RoadRunner to further develop its machine-learning and marketplace technology, grow its enterprise business offering, drive national expansion, and support operations in 40+ U.S. cities—all with the shared goal of furthering positive change in waste and recycling operations for businesses.

“We’re grateful for General Atlantic’s partnership and investment in our mission of developing an innovative and sustainable materials management company built on high-quality technology,” says Graham Rihn, CEO & founder of RoadRunner Recycling. “We believe that this next stage of growth will put RoadRunner on a course to achieve its vision of propelling the entire waste industry toward enduring change that protects our planet and our futures.”

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Across the business world, sustainability has increasingly become a strategic priority. With climate change and consumer demand for corporate responsibility at the forefront, organizations can no longer forego a comprehensive strategy, particularly around waste reduction. In the solid waste industry, a market mired by stagnant processes and missed environmental benchmarks, sustainability is now driving the narrative for the first time—and RoadRunner is positioned to win significant market share as the industry leader in comprehensive waste management programs. Since its founding in 2014, RoadRunner has broadened the capabilities of its sustainability marketplace and proprietary technology to make waste management seamless for businesses.

“We founded BeyondNetZero to support innovative growth companies that are producing practical, tech-enabled climate solutions—like RoadRunner—and help them scale so they can accelerate the net-zero transition,” says Michael Bevan, Managing Director on the BeyondNetZero team at General Atlantic. “We are thrilled to partner with RoadRunner and its management team as they strive to make sustainable waste management more affordable and achievable for businesses across the globe.”

“There is a lot of opportunity for growth,” says Rihn, “Oftentimes, waste—and the mismanagement of it—can be an issue that flies under the radar for companies. But with the $80 billion industry reaching a tipping point from lack of innovation for decades, we’re here to show folks there is a better, more efficient way to manage materials and divert waste from landfills while keeping the planet, and your business, top of mind.”

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