Live Load or Spot a Trailer: Which is Best for Your Commercial OCC Recycling Program?


How and where do you store baled cardboard before it's hauled away? The method you choose can have a significant impact on the reveune you earn from your commercial OCC recycling program. And unfortunately, it's not always clear how to make the most cost-effective decision. The logistics of commercial OCC recycling are sometimes tricky with several factors to take into account. Considerations include: the volume of OCC you generate each month, available storage space at your facility, they type of business, labor costs

  • 53ft.jpgLive load: If you have the available space to store your baled OCC, you can call your recycling partner when you're ready for a pick-up and load all your bales onto a trailer all at once. Generally, you receive a better overall price for live loading because you aren't paying for a trailer belonging to the mill or to your recycler to be stored at your facility.
  • Spotting a trailer: If you spot a trailer, your either the mill or your recycler provides a trailer and you load as you generate bales. This method eliminates the need for storage, but you generally pay the cost of the trailer. (If you have more than 1 trailer load of OCC per month, you can often negotiate the price downwards.)  

Whether you live load or spot a trailer, make sure to always make it safe and heavy with a minimum of 40,000 pounds per load. Our recommended method keeps you cost-effective with your transportation costs to a minumum. 

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