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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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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Trailer Loading: Make it Safe and Heavy

By Maggie Caldwell | May 1, 2015

There's a bit of an art to effectively loading recyclable commodities into your semis. Because the cost per trip is fixed, you want to maximize the weight in order to lower the transportation cost per ton. With a lower transportation cost per ton, you can negotiate a better price on those commodities from your hauler. A better price = more value, and more value = improving your bottom line.

So when loading bales, do everything you can to minimize air space. You absolutely want to avoid paying to haul air. We've found this is the best method of loading to stay under your weight limit while maximizing available space:

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How to Recycle Plastic Film and Shrink Wrap (LDPE)

By Maggie Caldwell | April 17, 2015

We've talked about why it's always cost-effective to divert plastic film, shrink wrap, and other LDPE away from your waste stream and into your recycling stream: every ounce of weight you save from the landfill is money in your pocket. Because the current market is strong and is expected to grow, so every bit of your shrink wrap is worth money. 

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Recycling Your "Cats and Dogs"

By Maggie Caldwell | March 13, 2015

"Cats and dogs" are what we call the odds and ends of recyclable waste we find that most manufacturers generate. Here's what happens: you've got the big stuff in your waste program covered, for example, baling your OCC, densifying your EPS foam, and compacting your LDPE. You've got a commercial single-stream collection system in place. Maybe you've even gotten rid of the trash cans. There are always a few stragglers, often up to 20% of your waste stream, that can still be addressed.  

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Storing Your Recyclables: Gaylords vs Plastic Bins

By Maggie Caldwell | March 6, 2015

You need a simple, reliable solution for recyclable storage, whether your materials are graded or single-stream, compacted or baled. Gaylord boxes and plastic bins are the most common solutions for recyclable storage; so how do you know which one is right for you?  Each has advantages and disadvantages; ultimately it comes down to available space. 

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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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Handling Your Commerical Single Stream Recycling

By Maggie Caldwell | January 23, 2015

Diverting as much waste away from the trash and into your single-stream recycling will definitely save you money; click here to read more about the benefits. Once you make a committment to increase your revenue by decreasing your waste, what do you do? 

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Get Rid of Your Trash (Cans)

By Maggie Caldwell | January 2, 2015

Does any business really need trash cans? Not including those in the bathrooms and any breakroom, kitchen, and/or cafeteria, of course - some items really do have to be thrown away. But take a look in the garbage bins around your workplace. What do you see? Mostly paper products, most likely: receipts, faxes, old documents, printer cartridge wrappers . . . do you see anything there there that can't be recycled?

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