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Cost-effective commercial paper recycling

With threats of potential U.S. border closures and landfill disposal capacity limited in many places, waste diversion has become a renewed area of interest for companies. In Ontario, and especially th...


With threats of potential U.S. border closures and landfill disposal capacity limited in many places, waste diversion has become a renewed area of interest for companies. In Ontario, and especially the Greater Toronto Area, additional waste diversion is a provincial and municipal objective. It makes sense for companies to recycle more in order to avoid the inevitable increases in disposal fees.

One of the most cost effective ways to accomplish this goal is to have a paper recycling company handle your waste management program.

Paper fibre typically represents approximately 40 per cent of a company’s waste. Think of it as your largest single recyclable resource, and one with an enormous environmental benefit. Recycling one tonne of paper can save three cubic yards of landfill space, 17 trees, 380 gallons of oil, 4,000 kilowatts of energy and 7,000 gallons of water.

Yet we only recover and recycle 40 per cent of all the waste paper we generate. This statistic is appalling in light of the fact that paper recycling is relatively inexpensive and the need for paper fibre globally ensures an end market. The mindset of companies needs to shift and embrace this opportunity more effectively.

In the past, many waste managers focused only on finding the cheapest disposal option, the cheapest “lift rate.” Today, managers in the commercial, industrial and institutional sector understand that lowering costs is closely connected with the efficient recovery of recyclables.

The best partner is a company whose primary business is recycling, not a waste company whose focus is on “charging” as much as it can for waste sent to their landfill. Many paper recycling companies have evolved into full-service waste diversion businesses with a wide range of service offerings because of the high fibre volume in the general waste stream. They are now the leaders in multi-material recycling, the main innovators in the increasingly sophisticated diversion infrastructure.

Written by Vince Ciano of VPF Waste & Recycling Inc. in Concord, Ontario. Contact Vince at vciano@vpfrecycling.com


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