We've talked about why it's always cost-effective to divert plastic film, shrink wrap, and other LDPE away from your waste stream and into your recycling stream: every ounce of weight you save from the landfill is money in your pocket. Because the current market is strong and is expected to grow, so every bit of your shrink wrap is worth money.Read More >
Is there any value in the waste your business generates? Chances are good the answer is a definite YES. In previous blog posts, we've discussed why diverting as much weight away from your solid waste stream and into your single-stream recycling saves money on trash hauling bills. Simply put, commercial single-stream is cheaper to dispose of than solid waste because there are no tipping fees. For every ton of waste you move from the trash to the recycling stream, you save an average of $45. Take a look at your company's waste bill. How many tons do you pay to have hauled each month? You could be literally throwing money away.
Your waste partner makes money by sorting your recyclable commodities into grades and selling them to manufacturers. But if you generate enough of any recyclable commoditity, it's cost-effective to invest in the equipment to grade and weigh them yourself. The rebate you negotiate from your waste partner is added revenue for your company. You may be surprised what you can recycle: even foam packing and shrink wrap have value in today's market.Read More >
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.
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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.Read More >