How To Calculate the Weight of Your Recyclable Commodities

By Maggie Caldwell | January 16, 2015

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. 

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Increased Waste Diversion Saves $86K Annually!

By Maggie Caldwell | November 7, 2014

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.

Photo courtesy of International Plastics


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5 Don't-Miss Recycling Opportunities for Food Manufacturers

By Maggie Caldwell | October 17, 2014


Diversion is one of the keys to a successful recycling program; every bit of weight you subtract from your trash saves you money on your solid waste hauling bill. And since food manufacturers generate large quantities of valuable recyclables, a well optimized program can create a significant revenue stream. You probably already recycle your cardboard and plastic film and shrink wrap, but there's always more you can do to save money. Here are 5 don't-miss recycling opportunities we've found are often overlooked at food manufacturing plants:

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Missed Recycling Opportunities That Cost You Money

By Maggie Caldwell | September 26, 2014

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.

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11 Overlooked Opportunities for Office Recycling

By Maggie Caldwell | May 2, 2014

So you're already recycling all of your office paper, boxes, plastic bottles, and shrink wrap, and now you want to make the next step in reducing your solid waste stream. Start by really taking a look around the office. Are you really recycling everything you think you are? How? Are there recycling bins at each desk? What are they designed to collect? What do you see in your waste bin?

Next think about items in the waste bin you don't put in the recycling bin. Take a look in the cabinets and drawers at all the things that need to be thrown out some day. Everything you see - from that box of paper clips to outdated laptops - can be reused or recycled in some way. You may have to get creative, but that's what the path to zero waste is all about: finding creative solutions to divert ALL materials from our landfills and incinerators. 

Take a look at these 11 common items that are often overlooked as office recycling opportunities. Do you already recycle them? Tweet us @federalrecycles to tell us about your overlooked recyclables.

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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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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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