Commercial Recycling Pointers

If you own a waste-generating business, you are primarily responsible for implementing a waste management plan. Use the following pointers to reduce waste and salvage valuable materials. 


You may not realize how many materials you are tossing into the trash that could be valued by another consumer or used within your facility for another purpose. Glass, metal, and plastic are the main materials you may consider when preparing a recycling plan. Rubber, tile, coal, and sand are some additional recyclables that can be repurposed. Any material within your business that is in relatively good shape may have a purpose other than winding up in a landfill.

First, assess the materials that you typically toss out. Then, think about the amount of space that these materials take up in your dumpster or trash cans. Maybe there is a business owner within the region who could potentially benefit from using some of the items. After an analysis of your trash plan, reach out to commercial property owners who are in a line of business in which a particular product may be sought.

For instance, if you refurbish furnishings and often toss out old materials, a tradesman may have a need for some of the scrap materials that you no longer need. Before you part with any materials, consider if your business truly does not have a need for the material.

Waste Management Equipment

Shredders, compactors, labeled containers, and balers are pieces of equipment that will allow you to get a better handle on waste materials and recyclables. Waste management equipment and recycling equipment can be utilized each day. For instance, you may choose to set up a shredder or a compactor in an area where materials are broken down each day. Your shipping and receiving department or your office personnel may benefit by having access to equipment that will allow them to condense the amount of trash that will be disposed of at your place of business.

Labeled containers and balers are some items that can be used for sorting recyclables or preparing them for transport. Choose a central location for any recycling equipment that you decide to invest in. Hang signs along the walls that comprise the area where the equipment is set up. The signs should indicate the proper way to use each machine or the types of items that are to be placed within a waste receptacle or a recycling container.

Contact a local recycling company, such as AAA Recycling, Inc., to learn more.