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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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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Waste Management Tip: Bale More to Save Money

By Kyle Suggs | June 24, 2016

You mean I can bale that, too?? Most businesses these days use their balers for cardboard only. If YOU'RE also using your baler for other materials like stretch film or other plastics, pat yourself on the back, because you have a leg up on the competition.

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