PONTE VEDRA, Fla.
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.
1) Members of Black Creek District Boy Scouts Troop 20 and Florida Youth Challenge Academy participated in the flag retirement ceremony held in accordance with the U.S. Flag Code.
2) The largest flag collected during Advanced Disposal’s flag retirement program was close to 30 feet long.
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.
Mary O’Brien, Chief Marketing Officer
(904) 737-7900, mobrien@AdvancedDisposal.com