We’ve long ago learned the motto: Recycle, Reduce, and Reuse. And it’s easy to apply on a personal level. Using a refillable water bottle instead of plastic, bundling your newspapers and cardboard for recycling, or even refurbishing old furniture or electronics. But when we take a look at our workplace and the waste stream created within, it can seem like a more daunting task.
No matter what industry you’re in, from manufacturing or medical to agricultural or energy production, you produce waste. Take a look at these four benefits of implementing industrial recycling into your waste management program. There are many elements that make up waste management including water treatment, providing roll off dumpsters and consulting.
There are costs associated with disposing of unused materials and commercial by-products. By finding ways to reuse waste, inside your company or through a third-party, you can help to reduce these expenses and improve your bottom line.
Additionally, you can also reduce costs by purchasing raw materials made from recycled materials. Aluminum, for example, is one of the fastest and easiest materials to recycle and is used in numerous manufacturing industries. But you’re paying almost twice as much when you purchase fresh aluminum over recycled aluminum.
Save Resources and Energy
The most important benefit of industrial recycling is the fact that you are putting less strain on the Earth’s resources by finding ways to reuse or recycle industrial waste. When industrial waste materials and by-products are reused, it decreases the need to produce new raw materials. Less waste also lessens our need for landfills, allowing that land to be used for other purposes, and reduces the greenhouse emissions and other gas pollutants that originate as waste in landfills breaks down.
Using the EPA’s Waste Reduction Model (WARM) tool you can put concrete numbers to your waste reduction efforts. With the tool, you can calculate the amount of greenhouse gas emissions you prevented through alternative recycling or reuse methods.
A Sustainable Brand
When your business strives to be sustainable, you can anticipate that there will be social benefits of industrial recycling too. It shows a commitment to the future of your community, which can be easily become a competitive advantage over the rest of the market.
A 2014 ranking of the 50 Best Global Green Brands, measured on sustainability efforts and public perception, featured four automotive brands in the top five, followed by three electronics brands. Two industries that have long carried a stigma of being environmentally-unfriendly are now reaping the benefits of making sustainable changes.
Make your business sustainable by utilizing Waste-to-Energy recycling.
Create New Jobs
The process of recycling industrial waste includes transportation, processing, and reselling; all of which necessitate manpower of all skill levels. Recycling and reuse creates at least nine times more jobs (up to 30x more jobs at the most!) than landfills and incinerators. Additionally, it’s projected that if the U.S. can reach a 75% recycling rate by 2013, we can create 1.1 million new jobs.