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How commercial recycling can help your company save money

Businesses seek to reduce expenses at every available point in their operations in order to maximize profit. Businesses that want to save money and increase income should sometimes look at their waste.

That’s right—by ignoring your waste management strategy, your company could be losing money. Recycling is an often-overlooked strategy for decreasing waste and costs in businesses.

Let’s look at how recycling can help businesses save money.

Lower waste management expenses

Diverting any amount of waste from your waste can is a quick and simple approach to save hauling costs.

Waste disposal expenses are closely related to the frequency with which your organization demands pick-ups as well as the overall volume of waste. You may reduce the quantity of waste your firm sends to the landfill by creating a commercial recycling program. As a result, the frequency of waste pickups is reduced, as are haulage expenses.

You might be astonished to learn how much of the rubbish taking up valuable room in your waste can be recycled. For businesses, consider working with a recycling agency to audit your waste for recyclable items.

Increased product life cycles

Businesses that promote recycling and waste reduction might save money on regularly purchased commodities.

For example, purchasing reusable items such as glassware once can eliminate the requirement for your office’s quarterly purchase of single-use plastic cups.

Businesses can reuse existing material to entirely replace any new purchases, in addition to using reusable products instead of single-use products. Consider repurposing cardboard boxes for your next shipment or for office storage. Alternatively, save the shredded paper to use as shipment padding.

What’s the bottom line? Prioritizing business recycling allows you to save money on materials and buy fewer new products.

Selling high-value recyclables

Aside from lowering waste management expenses, certain recycling activities can also generate revenue for businesses.

One man’s waste is another man’s treasure, as the saying goes. This is also true for your company’s waste. In fact, it’s possible that a significant portion of the waste generated by your company can be sold to recycling facilities as a source of additional cash.

Examine the waste that your company now generates in order to find potentially useful commodities.

The following materials can be sold to recyclers:

  • Scrap paper, office paper, and cardboard are all examples of paper waste.

  • Metals: Scrap metal, such as aluminum, copper, and steel, can all be profitably recycled.

  • Electronics: Recyclers will buy outdated electronic devices, both complete and disassembled for parts.

Avoid fines and maintain compliance

Recycling for businesses also protects them against the ever-changing commercial waste management requirements.

Waste management regulation is often done on a local scale and has a direct impact on local businesses. Depending on your municipality, your company may be in violation of waste restrictions in a number of categories, including:

  • Recycling mandates and landfill bans;

  • Regulations for electronic waste;

  • Disposal of hazardous waste;

  • And even more.

By prioritizing correct material sorting and recycling, you reduce any regulatory risks or blunders within your local waste regulations.

Optimizing your company’s waste streams now can also give a solid foundation for preparing for future regulatory limitations.

Many organizations consider waste management to be an unavoidable sunk expense. In truth, any company may take efforts to optimize their waste streams, enhance recycling rates, and reduce expenses.