Recycling companies are the companies of the future.
Our planet is more polluted than ever, and ironically, businesses are the ones that start and could end the pollution. Businesses focusing on recycling solutions are the new win-win opportunities for both entrepreneurs and the planet.
With all the things that are dumped into the landfill daily, starting to recycle seems the right solution to do something good for the environment. Scientists are stating that if we don’t change our habits in plastic use, there will be more plastic in the water than fish by 2050, so it’s the moment to protect the planet.
For different industries, different recycling solutions are needed.
Recycling solutions for the manufacturing industry
Manufacturing companies are generating high volumes of multiple waste materials and often they are pressed by space and time to discard them on landfills.
- The first step is to create a seamless process from product creation to materials disposal.
- Then they should determine the type of trash they are producing and the approximate monthly volume.
- Waste is produced at all steps in the manufacturing process, so it’s important to identify where the majority of trash comes from and how they can collect, store and dispose of it, in a way that does not affect the environment.
- An effective waste disposal program that captures and processes the scrap for recycling is the best solution.
Recycling solutions for the automotive industry
During the last two decades, more and more plastic is used to manufacture automobiles. Nowadays the average car has from 12 to 15% plastic parts, in terms of kilos; an average car has from 150 to 200kg of plastic. Automakers are advised to create their vehicles in a way that allows for later recycling of the plastic. The plastic parts from vehicles have special requirements for recycling and only professionals should handle the process.
- Moulded parts like car bumpers should be recycled, further processed, brought to a granulate form and used for creating non-visible interior panels for vehicles.
- Old car batteries can be pre-treated, the odour removed, and later re-used in fuel tank production.
- Co-mingled and hard-to-grind materials can be reused in production, and sold to third parties to use them in manufacturing processes.
Recycling solutions for the hospitality industry
Hospitality businesses can significantly cut their waste, for example, night clubs can reduce their waste by around 90%, hotels by around 15%, and pubs by 30%.
From the materials they can recycle, we list: electrical items, drink and food cans, plastic items, cardboards, glass jars and bottles, printer cartridges, food, and many other similar things.
- They should identify the materials they can recycle
- They can collaborate with a waste contractor to help them create a recycling plan. It’s advisable to collaborate with a recycling balers provider to help them store their waste in safe conditions. Businesses from many different industries rely on balers to recycle their trash.
- They can arrange with a contractor to dispose of the waste for them
- They should train their staff to identify the things they can recycle, and how they can do it
- Label their recycling containers to help employees and clients dispose the waste in an eco-friendly way, and encourage them to get involved
- They can donate their extra supplies to non-profit organisations
Recycling solutions for the retail industry
Most of the waste retail stores are generating is recyclable. From shrink wrap to corrugated cardboard, all of these can be recycled and reused.
- They can minimise packaging when clients are making a purchase, they should not offer the clients a bag if they don’t ask for one
- They should encourage their client to buy reusable shopping bags, and reward the ones who are taking part in the initiative with discounts
- Donate outdated and slightly damaged products to charity and non-profit organisations
- Recycling bins should be installed around the store
- Educate their employees to recycle and reuse materials
- Promote upcycling and buy-back programs to encourage people to bring back products that can be donated, reused or recycled.
Recycling solutions for healthcare
Medical waste has special recycling requirements, for example, the trash placed in red bags has to be discarded according to strict regulations that hospitals from a certain state or region are aware of. They can recycle and reduce waste if they follow certain guidelines.
- Hospitals have to evaluate and improve their practices to identify outdated perishable products
- They should use concentrated cleaning solutions placed in refillable drums to eliminate plastic waste
- Install air dryers to eliminate paper towels use
- Use cloth diapers for patients
- Use washable items in patient rooms
- Switch to reusable medical instruments and washable surgical equipment
- Use washable items in the cafeteria and kitchen
- Switch from buying small quantities of products to bulk purchases
- Use waterproof mattresses
Recycling solutions for education
Schools have the potential to generate huge amounts of waste with food, used devices and paper materials. Experts estimate that around 50% of waste is non-recyclable paper and food, and around 25% is recyclable paper.
- Teachers and students should collaborate to create recycling strategies
- Students should be educated about recycling and helped to adopt healthy habits
- Educational institutions should sort and record the things that can be recycled and reused
- Place paper in distinct recycling bins
- Recycle the cans of soda from vending machines
- Recycle old electronics like monitors, computers, and other similar items that would pollute the planet if they would be taken to a landfill
- Implement an e-waste recycling program
- Schools can donate old electronics to non-profit organisations that accept them
- All plastic items can be recycled, from food packaging to plastic bottles and glasses. Washable cutlery can be used to reduce the plastic waste in the cafeteria
- Schools can create composting programs to re-use the waste their cafeterias produce.
- Paper recycling bins should be placed in every classroom. All school spaces should have a trash bin for regular waste and one for paper. Mark them properly for students to be able to distinguish them.
- Donate all edible food