Generate Revenue While Protecting the Environment
11/1/2011 7:49:00 AM
Many companies do not support a complete waste management program. Although theymay have assigned a plant employee to be responsible for environmental issues, this individual is typically not familiar with all of the options that are available today for recycling and proper disposal of various materials.
A few examples include paint sludge, which can be recycled into reusable primer, manifested waste like computers, which can be salvaged for valuable metals, or items with BTU (or energy) content that can be used in cement-making operations.
Other materials that can be recycled â often for profit- include:
- Ferrous metals, which contain iron, and non-ferrous metals
- Copper weld tips and tools containing carbide
- Oil-based products
Keep in mind that nearly any item is recyclable if a company is generating enough of it and on a recurring basis. Somebody can always find a way to reuse it, burn it as fuel, or put it back into an original manufacturing process.
The idea behind a total waste management program is to minimize the waste being dumped into landfills, which often prevents ground and air contamination.
Partner With a Pro
Among the best ways to find a legitimaterecycling and waste management disposal company is to ask for references from industry organizations, trade associations, or various manufacturers. Ask other companies in your manufacturing field.
Before contacting any business to handleyour company's waste items, it's important to find out what the waste material is composed of, its volume and weight, how it is packaged and howyou are currently disposing of or recycling each item. These are questions recycling or waste disposal management companies will ask so they can best determine the best way to package and transport the materials. Knowing what these current costs are is important in your evaluation.
Among the first services you should expect is an onsite assessment of your materials, which can take one to two days. A company will analyze your waste materials, then provide you with the potential cost to haul them away and also the revenue stream you can expect for goods that can be recycled under current market conditions. You should expect an overall written summary or presentation of your specific situation.
In an attempt to save money, some manufacturers end up spending moremoney by calling consultants to perform this assessment, believing they'llreceive a more honest and objective assessment. However, consultants usually subcontract this task to a recycling and waste disposal company, so manufacturers pay more for a middleman when none is needed.
Before hiring any company to recycle or haul away your materials, keep in mind that there are manyfly-by-night companies in the industry. Likewise, because of the volatile pricesof commodities, some small scrap operations have filed bankruptcy, unable to paytheir customers their share of the recycled goods, which usually amounts to 75 percent of the commodity's value. In some cases, large manufacturers