5 Recyclables Manufacturers May Be Missing

As a national recycler that specializes in serving the manufacturing industry, we’ve identified some commonly overlooked recyclables. Here are 5 items found in many manufacturing waste streams which should be recycled:

1. Packaged Food Waste

Are you a food manufacturer or distributer? If so, you likely have experience the sad realty that not all packaged product is acceptable for final sale. As a result, it’s common to see packaged food in manufacturing waste streams. But this should not be going to landfill. Even packaged, food waste is recyclable. Depending on the packaging type, there are processes for de-packaging the food waste prior to recycling, and in some cases it is acceptable to recycle the packaging with the food.

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2. Burlap Sacks

Another item common to food manufacturers and distributers is the burlap sack. This may enter your waste stream as leftover packaging material and can be recycled easily. Also, if your burlap bags are in good repair, they can be sold for reuse.

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3. Slip Sheets

Chances are, as a manufacturer you probably have pallets laying around your facilities. Slip sheets are the thin pieces of cardboard-like material that sit between pallet layers when they are stacked together for shipment. These are easily recoverable and should be recycled with one of your cardboard or paper streams (depending on the sorting process in place at your facility).

4. Cardboard Cores

Label paper, kraft, vinyl, and many other materials used for packaging come on spools, wrapped around cardboard cores. Similar to slip sheets, cardboard cores also can be recycled as a paper commodity. Because cardboard cores are not easily compactable, you should talk to your recycler to determine the best method for collecting these at your facility.

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5. Reusable Boxes

You probably already recycle corrugated. But did you know there is a special quality of box that is considered more valuable when collected for reuse? If your facility produces large quantities of the same size box, you could be capturing these for reuse. First, make sure these boxes are in relatively good repair. Then cut any tape that might be holding the box together and collapse it into its original flattened position. Once flat, you can stack your reusable boxes together on a pallet for shipping.

These are just a few common waste items you might be missing in your recycling stream. As with all recyclables, access to outlets may vary depending on markets and the quality of the materials being recycled. Be sure to talk to your recycling service provider to understand the best way to collect items for recycling.

To learn more about what items are recyclable, contact us today or tweet your recycling questions #RecyclingHelp @NSRecycle.