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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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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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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