Case Study: Additional $144K Annual Revenue Comes From Optimizing Recycling Program

By Maggie Caldwell | November 14, 2014

Optimized recycling is about keeping labor costs low, setting up intuitive programs, and maximizing the amount of valuable grades you generate. Almost every single recycling program we see can be optimized in one of these ways, resulting in a combination of greater revenue for recyclable materials and/or lower waste and/or labor costs.

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Increased Waste Diversion Saves $86K Annually!

By Maggie Caldwell | November 7, 2014

We've been talking lately about how diversion is the key to saving money on waste hauling bills. Here's a great example of that from one of our partners, a major national food manufacturer based in Columbia, Missouri. During a waste and recycling audit, we noted that they generate approximately 40 tons of turkey bags per month. These bags went straight into their waste stream. With a local landfill disposal rate of $100 per ton, disposing of these bags cost $48,000 annually.

Photo courtesy of International Plastics

 

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Inside a Materials Recycling Facility (MRF = Rhymes with Smurf!)

By Maggie Caldwell | September 19, 2014

The recycling loop begins by our sorting and sending paper, plastics, metals, glass, and more to be picked up by our haulers and ends with our purchasing things made from those recyclables. There are a LOT of steps in between, beginning with the Materials Recovery Facility, or MRF (pronounce it "murf"). The MRF is the first stop those single-stream recyclables make after they leave your home or business. Here's a video we found posted by the group RE3.org that's a nice graphical illustration showing how all those mixed recylables get sorted out and sent on to the next stage in the journey: 

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Recycling Plastic Film and Shrink Wrap

By Maggie Caldwell | May 16, 2014

Manufacturers, distributors, and retailers: when should you recycle plastic film and shrink wrap?

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The Future of Recycling Management is "The Internet of Things"

By Maggie Caldwell | April 23, 2014

How much more recycling revenue could your company generate if you were warned of contaminated material collected in a gaylord? How much money could you save if your dumpsters told you when they were full? That type of connected future is happening now with the Internet of Things (IoT)

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How do you set up a recycling program?

By John Daniel | March 17, 2014

Recycling Programs

There is no one-size-fits-all recycling program; each company and manufacturer has their own needs. Federal International specializes in creating customized recycling programs OR modifying your existing program with the goal of effectively maximizing your recycling revenues.

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