What is Mixed Paper?

By Maggie Caldwell | July 10, 2015

“Mixed paper” is one of the major recycling grades. Most of what's collected and sent for processing comes from single-stream recycling collections; in general, mixed paper is NOT generated in commercial recycling. Because it's one of the least valuable recyclable commodities, it makes more sense for manufacturers, distributors, printers, wholesalers - for any enterprise with a recycling plan in place -  to sort paper grades where they are generated to prevent them from becoming mixed. 

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5 Ways to Revise Your Commercial Recycling and Waste Program and Save

By Maggie Caldwell | March 20, 2015

It's easy to throw money away with an ineffective or outdated waste and recycling program. The problem is: you don't know if your program is working without checking on it occasionally. This means making time to take a look in the dumpster and trash cans, carefully reading your trash bills, and looking at the locations where trash is generated. These periodic audits keep you from, for example, paying to haul air when half-full dumpsters and contractors are picked up or from spending money to landfill items that can be recycled. 

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Calculate Your Cost Savings with a Streamlined Recycling Program

By Maggie Caldwell | January 29, 2015

One sure-fire way to decrease your monthly overhead is to streamline your waste and recycle stream. This is an often-overlooked avenue to increased profitability in many companies for one of a variety of reasons, usually because:

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Renegotiate Your Waste Contract to Cut Costs: Case Study

By Maggie Caldwell | December 5, 2014

Did you know you can often reduce overhead by renegotiating your waste contract? It's true - you can often cut costs - even significantly - even if it's not yet up for renewal.

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Recycling Success Case Study: Fewer Hauls, Bigger Bins for a $24K Annual Revenue Impact

By Maggie Caldwell | November 21, 2014

"Right sizing" is about getting the greatest value from your trash and recycling service by maximizing your container size and minimizing the number of pickups. Cost savings can really add up when you find the right balance. Here is a case study illustrating how one of our partners, a window manufacturer based in the midwest, achieved a $25K annual revenue impact through right sizing.

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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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Save Money by Right Sizing Your Trash

By Maggie Caldwell | September 5, 2014

Would you sign up to have air hauled away from your business? That's essentially what happens every time your hauler takes away a dumpster or compactor that's only partially full. Save money by "right sizing" your service. Right sizing is about getting the greatest value from your waste hauling service by maximizing your container size and minimizing the number of pickups. 

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Save Money By Managing Your Compactor Hauling Fees

By Maggie Caldwell | August 14, 2014

Compactors are easy to use and - at a minimum of a 4:1 compaction rate - reduce trash volume and take up significantly less space than the equivalent number of steel dumpsters. Less frequent trash pickups more than pays for the higher equipment cost, even in a franchise market, but can do even more to save money with these easy-to-implement steps

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The Green Challenge: Corporate and Industrial Waste Diversion

By John Daniel | March 17, 2014

Here at Federal International we are passionately committed to diverting more than 90% of commercial waste away from landfills.

That’s our promise and it’s why they call us Mother Nature’s Workforce. We firmly believe every business, school and government organization in this community and others nationwide can do a much better job with the waste we create.  We don’t own a landfill and will do everything we can to find a way to recycling any type of material before imminent disposal.  Our Green Challenge Recycling Program is all about helping your organization meet or beat a 90% recycling rate.

It’s easy to get started. All you need to do is make contact with us by registering for the challenge below. We’ll call you and conduct a brief interview to gather some information. Then we’ll send out one of our professional recycling auditors to assess your waste stream. We’ll probably take some pictures and provide you a environmental impact report – your Green Challenge Report Card.

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