10 Office Supplies Made From Recycled Content, So Recycle Better

By Maggie Caldwell | October 3, 2014

A committment to recycling involves more than just tossing paper and cans in a bin for others to collect. It means you're committed to closing the recycling "loop" and buying products made from as much recycled content as possible - an action that creates demand for recyclables and reduces demand for raw materials. 

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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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If You Aren't Buy Recycled Products, You Aren't Recycling!

By Maggie Caldwell | April 16, 2014

You believe in recycling. You can’t, in good conscience, toss a soda can in the trash. Your recycling bin at home is overflowing by trash day each week. At work, you diligently sort paper, plastic, and glass into the proper bins. You are our teachers, our corporate management, our small business owners, our children, our parents. You care about the environment and believe you’re doing what you can to conserve our resources.

But when you go to the store, do you buy toilet paper made from trees? Is your copy paper made from trees? If you don’t buy recycled products, are you really recycling? The answer is a resounding NO! Actor and environmentalist Ed Begley Jr. talked about this in an interview with Marianne Schnall:

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What is Zero Waste?

By Maggie Caldwell | April 14, 2014

“Zero waste” sounds like a self-explaining concept, a somewhat utopian-sounding garbage-free goal. But in reality, zero waste is a philosophy. It’s a top-down approach to eliminating as much refuse as possible through design. Taking landfills and incinerators out of the picture and re-inventing processes and products that mimic nature’s ecosystems – systems that are naturally closed-loop and waste-free.


Does Zero Waste Allow for Trash?

Yes – it may come as a surprise, but some amount of waste is expected even in a “zero waste” environment. Municipalities, corporations, and households alike setting out to move toward a zero waste environment analyze their waste streams and set a landfill diversion, or zero waste, target. How much varies. For example, in 2011 Seattle set a zero waste goal of 70% by 2025. General Motors achieved a 97% landfill diversion rate in daily operation activities at 83 of its manufacturing facilities. (They do not factor construction or remediation waste into this data.) Many companies follow guidelines set by the Zero Waste International Association; they certify companies that have achieved a minimum landfill diversion rate of 90% as as zero waste businesses.

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Where do the recyclables go?

By John Daniel | March 19, 2014

Federal International works diligently to provide the best and final use for all recyclable commodities. Our recycling efforts turn waste back into consumer products.  For example, we turn:

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Safe Document Destruction

By John Daniel | March 17, 2014

shredding-machineTo guard your data security and keep your company from legal and financial risk, it’s imperative to use a R2 certified facility when recycling your electronics. The R2 certification was developed by representatives from the EPA, state agencies, OEM manufacturers, electronics recyclers, and NGOs to guarantee the highest level of data security as well as proper e-waste disposal. For example:

  • All R2 certified recyclers are required to sanitize, purge, or destroy data on all hard drives and data storage devices.
  • Data destruction processes are reviewed and validated by an independent party periodically.
  • R2 recyclers are required to have a security program in place that is appropriate for the equipment they handle and the customers they serve.

We take the job of guarding your privacy seriously. Our shredding machines provide random cut pierce-and-tear shredding capabilities sized to your specifications. They can shred and destroy hundreds of truckload of sensitive material from credit card statements to computer hard drives with a monthly capacity to process approximately 2,000 tons of shredded paper material 600 tons of non-paper material.

What does your recycler know that can help your bottom line? Download our free white paper to find out:

7 Proven Ways to Increase Recycling Revenue

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