How to Sort Your Recycling (& Why it Matters)

If your commercial building isn’t doing in-house recycling, you’re missing out on tons of benefits. Not only does it improve your business’s image by being eco-friendly, but it can save you money. The best part? It’s incredibly easy to secure recycling equipment and operate it from your building. The expert team at BaleForce will provide you with top-quality recycling equipment for a reasonable price and guide you on how to use it. Before you know it, your facility will be producing a fraction of the waste! That’s great for the environment and great for your company.

Why is Recycling Important?

Let’s start with the environmental benefits of recycling. As Canadians, we produce over 31 million tonnes of waste each year and only recycle 30 percent of it. We’re huge contributors to the methane emissions entering the atmosphere and nudging global warming along. Although individual household recycling is important, the real power lies in businesses hands. Depending on your industry, there could be inherent waste created by your production process. By recycling that waste, you reduce your company’s contribution to landfills and global warming.

If that’s not enough to inspire you, understand that consumers and employees prefer to support companies that recycle. Green initiatives in a company can boost morale and increase the connection employees feel to their workplace. They also attract the next generation of employees who place immense value on sustainability. Helping the environment is a universal goal that all of your team members can unite on.

Canadian businesses produce waste that could have been recycled

 

Then, there’s the money you’ll save by recycling your building’s waste. How much are you paying for waste removal services each month? What about specialty waste removal for non-ferrous materials and textiles? You’re paying for a service that you could be doing in-house to save money. Plus, when you track your own waste production, you can assess how to reduce it from the start. You save money, help the environment, unite employees, and attract customers by recycling in-house.

How to Sort Your Recycling

Commercial recycling is more complicated than bottles and newspapers. Small businesses can often get away with filling one or two blue bins. However, larger companies that operate out of warehouses and buildings often produce more diverse waste. Here are some of the ways you can sort those materials and recycle them with your own recycling equipment.

Shredders are crucial for paper-heavy industries

 

  • Paper Waste

Does your company produce a ton of paper waste? Perhaps you’re in a paper-heavy industry, like publishing or advertising. Sure, that paper could get thrown in the garbage or slowly recycled with weekly pickups. However, you can save time and money by owning your own shredder and baler. Shredders are incredibly important if you have sensitive information printed on paper waste. They’re also helpful for recycling because shredded paper is easier to compact. If you’re concerned about how much space a baler will take in your warehouse, consider a vertical baler. They use less floor space than a horizontal baler and bale a wide variety of materials.

  • Cardboard Compaction

If your business works with retail, you likely have more cardboard waste than you know what to do with. Any company based on product sales deals with shipping materials like cardboard boxes. What do you do with all of your extra boxes? Do you give the task of breaking boxes and tying them together to some of your employees? They could spend that time far more productively if you had in-house recycling equipment. The Titan Series baler is a perfect solution to your cardboard recycling needs. This multi-purpose machine uses automatic ram cycling, which means you don’t need to assign someone to monitor the machine. Simply toss in your cardboard and let the baler compact it, bale it, and tie it up.

The textile industry is one of the top producers of waste

 

  • Textiles and Clothes

Did you know that we send 9.5 million tonnes of clothing to the landfills in North America each year? A small portion of that comes from households, but the majority is from clothing and textile companies. If you work in this industry, you’ve likely seen how much textile waste gets produced.

Luckily, this material is also easy to recycle. Before sending your scrap fabric to the landfill, consider getting a textile baler for your warehouse. Baling your recycling materials saves you space because it compacts thousands of garments into one neat bale. You’ll have more space in your warehouse for products and less waste sitting around.

  • Plastic Bottles & Rigid Plastics

Despite the general trend towards reusable containers, most businesses still rely on plastic in one form or another. Ruling it out completely isn’t realistic, but recycling plastic more efficiently is. If your company produces PET, HDPE, or rigid plastics, consider getting a baler that can handle moderate to mid-range volumes. Many balers are multifunctional and can recycle various materials. Employees can toss in empty water bottles, shrink wrap, PET, HDPE, and even rigid plastics like buckets. Making your company more eco-friendly doesn’t mean you have to stop using these crucial materials. Simply recycling them in-house makes a big difference.

Scrap metal yards contain lots of non-ferrous materials

 

 

  • Non-Ferrous Materials

What about all the non-ferrous waste your company produces? Non-ferrous materials are metals that don’t contain iron and are resistant to corrosion. Some examples are aluminum alloys, copper, lead, brass, stainless steel, and electrical cables. The automotive industry uses these materials, especially at scrap metal yards. Electrical companies also produce non-ferrous waste. Instead of throwing this variety of waste in the garbage, get the right recycling equipment for your facility. If your company produces non-ferrous waste as well as other types of materials, consider a two-ram baler. This type of baler is durable and versatile. It can bale plastic, cardboard, paper, and non-ferrous materials.

Compacting tin cans saves your warehouse space and money

 

  • Tin & Aluminum

The last common material that gets thrown out instead of recycled is tin. Companies in the food service industry often produce ample amounts of this waste. Tin and aluminum cans often hold food items and ingredients, like tomato sauce or soda. Storing thousands of these cans for recycling pickup is space-consuming. Instead, buy a bisquitter to crush tin, steel, and aluminum cans and make them more compact. The bisquitter produces bricks of recycled material for easy stacking on pallets. Plus, since it uses solid material compaction, you don’t need to use ties. You’ll be shocked at how much space you have after compacting all of your can waste!

BaleForce Recycling Equipment is a full-service distributor for top-of-the-line recycling equipment in Canada. With main offices in Toronto and Vancouver, our expert team provides speedy response times and even 24-hour emergency services. We offer rent, lease, and purchase options for a wide range of equipment. If you’re ready to save your business time and money, ask about our affordable recycling equipment by calling us today: 1(855) 235-1900.

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