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How to Start a Recycling Program

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Starting a business recycling program is easy, but where do you begin?


The phrase, “the devil is in the detail,” came from somewhere.


Similar to a professional creative team discussing new and innovative ideas on how to promote a product, the suggestions that seem the most compelling often get shot down in the contemplation of implementation. Maybe the plan isn’t feasible, or maybe there are too many steps involved and too little time. Perhaps flying a hot air balloon across a target market’s geographic region isn’t the easiest way to promote a brand. Okay, this example is a bit extreme, but you get the picture (and possibly your next marketing idea). If it actually works, please send a picture.


In regards to recycling, details that make a new recycling program appear overwhelming don’t have to bog you down. We’re here to help with the details! Whether that means providing valuable information or assisting in the program as a recycling partner, our team is dedicated to helping businesses develop the best recycling programs possible.Planning a Program




It’s a great way to help the environment by keeping recyclable material out of the landfill, and it can make an economic impact in a couple of ways:

  1. Reducing a bulky waste stream can considerably decrease waste removal cost and landfill tip fees.
  2. Creating a method for recycling that generates high quality material and efficiently uses transportation and processing procedures can generate considerable returns on valuable commodities.


If you have a small business that doesn’t generate many recyclable materials, then forming a company “green team” to conduct a waste audit and review cost-effective procedures might be the best way to go.


Getting employees involved is always a vital part of a recycling program!


Functions of your green team can include:

  • Providing information and training staff on what and how to recycle
  • Gathering feedback from custodial staff
  • Encouraging feedback from staff
  • Addressing convenience
  • Encouraging participation

If the green team finds a high volume of recyclable materials in the waste stream, it may be time to get a professional recycling partner, like Midwest Fiber Recycling, on-board. We can assist with commodity identification, necessary equipment solutions, and material transportation. We can also give you a price quote for estimated rebates and predicted costs.


For more information and helpful tips on starting a recycling program, please visit our website or contact us today!


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Guest Monday, 22 July 2019


Every bit of recycling makes a difference. For example, one year of recycling on just one college campus, Stanford University, saved the equivalent of 33,913 trees and the need for 636 tons of iron ore, coal, and limestone.

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