Some recycling professionals and others who work with recycling equipment have been kind enough to share some of their experiences, successes, and advice with us. We pulled together some insight from these industry leaders. Take a look!
Recycling Professionals Speak Up!
1. Network with Others in Your Industry
“When sourcing equipment to help you manage your e-waste, speak with companies in your industry that have experience with many different machines.”
– Troy Zimmerman,Project Engineer at ROUND2 Inc. (Read Story)
2. Look Outside the Bin
“I would advise to look at a recycler’s entire waste stream and not just focus on your specialty. Often the indirect waste collected that was once viewed as a problem can actually become an added source of revenue.”
-Daniela Siggia, Director of Business Development at Textile Waste Diversion Inc. (Read Story)
3. Give your Staff the Right Training & Equipment to get Results
“Each of the 100 Fareway Stores has one M60MD Baler for baling recyclable cardboard….All of our qualified employees are able to use the balers because they are simple and straightforward to operate… Last year, as a company, we recycled 9000 tons of cardboard.”
– Leo Hickey, “In Store” Maintenance at Fareway Stores (Read Story)
4. Invest in Recycling Equipment to Improve Efficiencies
“Determine what your slowest process in your facility is and find the unit from Harmony that will help correct the problem. Your overall rate of output in your facility can only be as fast as your slowest process.”
– Terry Buenzow, Department Manager of Winneshiek County Recycling Department (Read Story)
5. Persistence Pays Off
“We didn’t have it easy, it took me around 3 years of continuous meetings and presentations to convince the Municipalities [in the Middle East] in the late 90′s to cater the residential refuse only and have private waste disposal companies such as Envirotec cater the commercial refuse at a cost, hence relieving some of the financial and operational burden on the government.”
– Eng. Mario Haddad, CEO and Founder of Envirotec (Read Story)
6. Understand Internal Operations
“When I get a call for a baler and someone wants a quote, I always want to meet them and see their operations first. If I can’t see what they are doing, it is hard for me to do my job. I want to recommend the equipment that is best for their environment…We can help anyone who is generating enough waste, cardboard, or plastic to need equipment to help manage it.”
– Steve Anderson, Sales for Industrial Equipment at Recycle System (Read Story)
What advice would you offer to other recycling professionals or people working in the waste management or recycling industries? We would love to hear you insight in the comments below.