Advanced Disposal’s flag retirement program collects more than 4,500 flags in second year


Advanced Disposal has retired more than 4,500 American flags collected this summer as part of its annual flag retirement program, an increase of 77 percent over 2015, the company reporters.

The free service is offered to communities in its service area.

“Respectfully retiring the American flag is a great way to show our appreciation of the ‘stars and stripes’ and all it stands for,” said Advanced Disposal CEO Richard Burke. “We’re proud to be an American company and honored to offer this service to our customers and the communities we serve. I want to thank everyone who participated, as well as the team members that made it possible.”

All Advanced Disposal locations collected old, worn, torn and faded American flags for proper retirement. The cotton flags were burned while the nylon flags were repurposed into new nylon material that can be made into another American flag. The program ran from June 1 through Sept. 11, and the company plans to reintroduce the program next year. For more information, visit