Questions to Ask When Deciding to Implement an Industrial Recycling Program

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If you are the owner or manager of a factory, there is a good chance that you are trying to figure out how to cut costs, improve public relations, and generally make moves to make your factory more successful. One way to do this is to implement an industrial recycling program. However, there are a number of costs that are associated with industrial recycling that might make you wary of investing the time and money into setting one up. Here are some questions that you can ask yourself in order to determine if an industrial recycling program is right for your company. 

1. Do you pay very high costs in order to get your waste disposed of?

The first thing that you can do is look at your waste disposal costs. Obviously, the more that you recycle, the less waste you have and, therefore, the less money you have to pay to get your waste carted away. However, recycling has its costs too because you need to pay to have the separate recyclables removed. Find out what the average cost of recycling in your area per unit of weight. If this amount is less than the amount of money that you pay per unit of weight of waste disposal, then you should definitely consider setting up an industrial recycling program. Some programs will even be able to come to your location and help you estimate how much recycling you will have in order to truly determine if this change is going to be worth it your company financially.

2. Do you have an image problem in your community?

If you do not have a good reputation in your community, then you might want to make sure that you start a recycling program to show that you care about the earth and that you are going to be willing to make changes to help preserve the environment. This will cause people who live around your company to regard you more highly, which can make your life a lot easier.

3. Are you paying a ton for resources?

You might be able to cut deals with recycled steel manufacturers in your area if you are recycling a ton of steel because you are going to save a lot of natural resources which can make the job of the steel manufacturers less expensive. This could make it easier for you to get your products made and sold for a profit.

For more information, talk to a company like Norm Gordon & Associates, Inc. that specializes in industrial recycling.


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