Commercial single stream recycling is cheaper for your company than waste hauling, but even if you already have a program in place, chances are you can recycle even more to save. Here's how:
Start off by taking a look inside your dumpster . . . what do you see? Paper? Plastic? Batteries? Printer cartridges? Empty soda cans? Make a list.
Now determine where are those recyclables being generated. Except for in your facility kitchen and bathrooms, you can replace every trashcan with a commercial single stream container. It's all fair game, from magazines and metals to used oils from compressors, mould machines - even cooking oil can be recycled. Savings add up fast when you move weight and volume away from your trash stream and into your single-stream recycling. Tipping fees (dump fees) average between $45 - $75/ton, but depending on where you're located can run as high as $160/ton.
Here are three commonly missed recycling opportunities:
Plastic Film and Shrink WrapSave that shrink wrap - LDPE and LLDPE take up a tremendous amount of space in your dumpsters but is actually quite valuable on the recyclables mareket. If you generate more than a ton each month, it’s even cost-effective to put in dedicated downstroke baler.
Plastic BucketsPlastic buckets and barrels are typically made of high-density polyethelyne (HDPE) with a resin code 2. It's the most durable and most commonly recycled plastic, and as it's in high demand it's quite valuable. Your recycler should be happy to take them off your hands; contact them to find out the best method for both of you.
E-wasteGrade your own e-waste. Servers, laptops, towers, cell phones, cables, basically anything with a plug has value and should be kept away from landfills and incinerators. Your recycler should take printers, flat screens, and telephones at no cost to you. CRT monitors are hazardous and must be disposed of properly.
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