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Choose the Best Recycling Baler for Cost Effective Waste Management

By Maggie Caldwell | April 17, 2018

Every type of business, manufacturers, distributors, printers, retailers, or any other company, that generates a minimum 10 tons (20,000 pounds) of recyclable commodities each month should invest in a baler. It's a sound waste management strategy. It's important to choose the right recycling baler for your volume. That way, you'll streamline your recycling program and maximize the revenue you receive from your recyclable materials by:

Balers are a tool in your recycling and waste management program, and like any tool it's important to choose the right one for the job. Don't waste money on a baler that does more than you need; for many businesses the simplest choice is the best one. On the other hand, larger volume generators will find that the right investment in equipment helps trim labor costs involved in recycling.

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Save Money on Your Trash Bill in the Residential Housing Market

By Maggie Caldwell | April 2, 2018

It's easy for residential housing market professionals to save money - usually a significant amount - on your monthly trash bills by partnering with a waste management company like Federal International.  Under a shared savings plan customized to your needs, you can realize savings up to 35% on your monthly trash bills. How? We do all the trash-related work of property managers and maintenance staff. This allows them to refocus on their core objectives; keeping units rented and running smoothly. 

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Choosing a Baler for Cardboard Recycling

By Maggie Caldwell | March 28, 2018

Any type of company - manufacturers, distributors, printers, retailers, or some other type of business - that generates a minimum 10 tons (20,000 pounds) of old corrugated cardboard (OCC) each month should invest in a baler. Choosing the right baler for your particular volume of cardboard recycling allows you to streamline your recycling program and maximize the revenue you receive from your recyclable materials by:

  • forming solid blocks of individual commodity: old corrugated cardboard (OCC), plastics bottles, plastic film and shrink wrap, etc.
  • doubling commodity value when you process it yourself
  • allowing you to get rid of excess gaylords, saving floor space
  • maximizing weight of your recyclables so you don't pay to haul air

Balers are a tool in your recycling program, and like any tool it's important to choose the right one for the job. Don't waste money on a baler that does more than you need; for many businesses the simplest choice is the best one. On the other hand, larger volume generators will find that the right investment in equipment helps trim labor costs involved in recycling. Here's what you need to know to make the appropriate decision for your recycling volume and available space.  

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Live Load or Spot a Trailer: Which is Best for Your Commercial OCC Recycling Program?

By Maggie Caldwell | January 29, 2018

How and where do you store baled cardboard before it's hauled away? The method you choose can have a significant impact on the reveune you earn from your commercial OCC recycling program. And unfortunately, it's not always clear how to make the most cost-effective decision. The logistics of commercial OCC recycling are sometimes tricky with several factors to take into account. Considerations include: the volume of OCC you generate each month, available storage space at your facility, they type of business, labor costs

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How to Maximize Revenue from High-Volume OCC Commercial Recycling

By Maggie Caldwell | December 4, 2017

You're already generating significant revenue from your high-volume OCC commercial recycling program, but did you know there's room to earn more money from the same volume? In our recycling audits, we often find ways our partners can maximize revenue by making a few simple adjustments. Here is a roundup of our best tips and tricks that will help you squeeze every dollar you can from your cardboard waste:

Proper bale weights:
Produce mill-sizes bales weighing between 900 and 1100 pounds. Lower weight bales will be broken apart and rebaled before they are sent along to the paper mill, and that extra step cuts into the amount you receive for your material.

 

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3 Steps to Maximize Commercial Single Stream Recycling (+ Save Money)

By Maggie Caldwell | July 27, 2017

You already know about single stream recycling; it's the process of mixing all your recyclable materials together in the same bin to be carted away by your solid waste hauling provider. But are you taking full advantage of the benefits of commercial single stream?  Our partners that maximize their diversion rate save a significant amount of money on waste hauling bills both by:

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Waste Management Cost-Saving Tip: Don't Pay to Haul Air

By Maggie Caldwell | July 20, 2017

You shouldn't pay to haul air. It sounds obvious, but do you know if you're consistently maximizing the weight of your trash and recycling containers? You're paying for every pickup your hauler makes, whether your containers are full or empty so it's good waste management practice as well as solid business sense to guarantee that every inch of space in your dumpsters, compactors, and trailers is filled to capacity. And when it comes to your OCC, plastic, metal, and other recyclables, when you maximize your weight per pick-up, your recycler’s hauling cost goes down. And the lower the hauling cost, the more you get paid.

Here are some waste management cost-saving tricks to maximize the weight on all your trash and recycling pick-ups:

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Good Waste Management Solves Common Waste Stream Problems that Cost Money

By Maggie Caldwell | April 12, 2017

Every business generates waste and recycling opportunities, from manufacturing to warehouse and distribution to retail property management, and beyond. And you pay to have that waste and recycling is hauled away. Simple, right? Not really! Waste management companies know that it's common to find waste stream problems and inefficiencies that cost you money. Here are some tricks we've found so that you can find out if you may be throwing money out with your trash:

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How to Partner with a Waste Management Company to Save Money

By Maggie Caldwell | December 31, 2016

Commercial waste hauling is expensive, there’s no doubt about it. And because it’s a necessary cost of doing business, there’s a perception that the amount you pay each month is a fixed cost … but that’s not entirely the case. You can easily save a significant percentage off of your monthly bill while keeping your relationships with existing haulers intact by partnering with a waste management company like Federal International. Waste and Recycling is our business, so we have the inside track on what your fees should be and how to right-size your service to avoid paying to haul air. Save money while staying focused on your primary business. We will even oversee all of your byproduct needs, helping you to become more sustainable along the way.

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