The Definitive Guide to Cardboard Recycling

By John Daniel | March 28, 2018

OCC recycling, or cardboard recycling, is broadly defined as the use of condensed packing of large quantities of a given material. Cardboard is the baseline for this particular type of recycling because it is so common in the distribution and manufacturing industries. This product is recycled into a form that can be reused by businesses, and this effectively reduces the business' emissions of greenhouse gasses and other pollutants into the air. 

Cardboard Recycling: Best Practices

Recycling is a standard part of many business operations. The basic idea of recycling is practically taken for granted because of the sheer volume processed through industrial facilities on a daily basis. The question of how and where to store recyclables in a facility is primarily a question of quantity. There are different sizes of containers available for temporarily storing cardboard waste until it can be recycled. The decision is straightforward, because there are best practices available. Business owners can refer to these standards in order to determine the best method for dealing with it. The available options can be ordered based on the quantity of materials that the business expects to process. There are high and low volume options, and the business manager must decide how much space is available for the unit. 

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The three main containers for storing recyclable cardboard are: 

• Dumpster
Compactor
Balers

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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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Presses and printers: 5 ways to make more money from your recycling

By Maggie Caldwell | June 5, 2015

Presses and printers: even though you have long-standing recycling programs in place - actually, BECAUSE you have long-standing programs in place - you stand to benefit financially from learning how to optimize. Here are 5 ways we've found for you to increase your recycling revenues:

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Compact Your Commercial Waste and Save Money

By Maggie Caldwell | April 3, 2015

If your business generates at least the equivalent of three 8-yard dumpsters being picked up once a week, there's a good chance investing in a compactor would be a more cost-efficient way of handling your waste. Compactors have the advantage of generating heavier waste loads, reducing the frequency of pickups and saving money on your trash bills. 

Costs involved to your business for a compactor:

  • monthly rental fees: a 3-year lease on a new 42-yard compactor can run about $400/month
  • haul charge is defined by how far the truck has to go; typically you are looking at a minimum of about $170 per load
  • disposal charge: this varies by area and runs between $45 - $75 per load

For example, if you choose a 42-yard compactor with a compaction rate of 4:1, it will hold the equivalent of 168 yards of waste, or 21 8-yard dumpsters. Adding up the average costs listed above, a once-a-month pickup will cost about $650.00. Take a look at your commercial trash bill. If you're paying more than that for service, you should look more closely at switching from a dumpster to a compactor. Be sure to read our tips on managing your compactor hauling fees to save even more money.

 

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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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Compactors for recycling: pros and cons

By Maggie Caldwell | August 28, 2014

The biggest advantage of using a compactor for your recyclables is that it saves space. One 42-yard compactor holds about 4 tons of OCC; that is equivalent to about 80 gaylord boxes. With a compactor, valuable floor space is freed up for other uses. They are easy, clean, and simple to use. The only drawback? Compactors are comparatively more expensive than dumpsters.

Costs involved to your business for a compactor:

  • monthly rental fees: a 3-year deal on a new 42-yard compactor can run about $400/month
  • haul charge is defined by how far the truck has to go; typically you are looking at a minimum of about $170 per load
  • disposal charge: this varies by area and runs between $45 - $75 per load

When you are using a compactor for recycling, the haul charge is offset by the revenue you earn from your recycable commodities. For example, a fully packed compactor of OCC weighs about 4 tons, and you should be able to negotioate earning between $10 and $15 per ton. You can also compace LDPE and other commodities.

You can manage your compactor hauling fees to save even more money.

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