Plastic revolutionized our way of life. Businesses and manufacturers applied plastic to nearly every industry imaginable. The lightness of and durability of plastic improved our packaging, our construction, and how we develop new technology. And it seems like plastic use is only heading upwards. But one downside is that not enough people recycle the plastic that they use. Major manufacturing plants in particular are hesitant to deliver their plastics to a recycling station. Many of them fear that the cost of transport may is too oppressive. But fortunately, there is a workaround. If you’re worried about the cost of your plastics, here’s how to efficiently deliver them to the recycling station.
Whether it’s helping transport plastic to the recycling station or giving other great tips, KenBay is committed to zero waste. We offer a wide range of compactors to you for plastic and other kinds of waste. For more information, visit our website.
Off to the Recycling Station . . . But How?
The Problem with Transport
The biggest concern among manufacturers is the cost of transporting plastics. Plastic tends to expand, and doesn’t like bending from its original shape. That expansion means filling up more space on the freight truck, which then leads to a greater number of trips. Trips that you pay for, every time. Many companies attempt to cut down on these trips through compacting their plastic waste. But there’s still a problem with using something like a baler.
The Problems With Balers
Plastic wrap tends to “bounce back” or regain some of its original shape, even during a compaction process. Most balers don’t have the ability to continuously compact the waste without resorting to additional specialized equipment. They also can’t compact the plastic quickly enough to stifle the bounce back effect. As a result, the baler fills too quickly and compacts a smaller amount of plastic.
What’s the Better Solution?
The best solution is to forget using the baler and instead rely on a dependable compactor. Ideally, a compactor should feature a quick continuously rotating arm. Thus, the machine presses the plastic down so quickly and frequently it won’t have time to bounce back. Adding some heat will also help the process. Once you compact the plastic, store it inside an easily stackable bag. Now, more bags fit onto the truck, which means fewer overall trips to the recycling station. That’s where the savings come from!
KenBay Helps Your Plastics Get There
Plastics will play a major role in our effort towards renewable energy, but not if we don’t recycle them properly. One of the best ways to recycle your plastic is through our RotoPacs. RotoPacs not only are safe, easy, and offer continuous compaction, they deliver even more! They’re portable and very easy to move around your facility. You can put them right at the source of your plastic waste. That way, you reduce clutter and improve overall safety even further. If you would like to try out a KenBay RotoPac for yourself, you can try one before you buy one. Simply pay a small fee and we’ll send one to your location. Best of all, there’s no complicated process if you want to keep it for life. Simply pay the rest of the full price, and it’s yours!
Everyone likes to save a little money, right? These days, it seems like it’s more important than ever to stay frugal and efficient. Cut costs when you can. Unfortunately, it’s not always easy to know what the right way to save money is. For example, how can you save money while still handling your plastic waste responsibly? One solution is to invest in a solid plastic compactor. You may think that buying one of these is actually so expensive that any minor savings wouldn’t be worth it. But KenBay is here to tell you that it’s cheaper than you realize! Here’s how to calculate what a plastic compactor would save you.
KenBay is devoted to zero waste, whether it’s plastic, paper, or otherwise! If you want to learn more about our zero waste initiative, please visit our website.
What is Your Transport Cost?
The first thing you can calculate is how much you’re spending on transportation. It may seem like a minor detail, but you’d be surprised how much money transportation eats up! Especially with the rising cost of gas, shipping and transport of plastic waste can be costly. Additionally, you may be wasting money by filling up the truck with mostly air! Manpower alone is usually not enough to compress the plastic tightly enough. That means that less plastic fits on the truck. Which means you’re paying for more trips back and forth between your facility and the plastic recycling company. A plastic compactor mechanically compresses the plastic together and doesn’t allow for any air. You load more onto the truck and only pay for what you need.
What is Your Manpower Cost?
The second most important factor to calculate is the cost of manpower and labor. Hey, it’s not gonna move itself! In fact, most manufacturers have so much plastic waste that it can require an entire team of people to load, haul, and unload it. A plastic compactor cuts down on these expenses because it’s on site. Thus, you rely on your own people to load it on the truck. Don’t worry, those laborers aren’t out of a job. There’s plenty of other places without a plastic compactor willing to hire them.
Are There Any Additional Costs?
Finally, make sure to factor in the savings that come from not needing to rely on a third party. Junk haulers and moving companies are great, but saving money feels even better. When you let a plastic compactor handle half of your labor, you avoid unnecessary surcharges and fees. Sounds good to us!
For the best line of compactors, plastic or otherwise, please be sure to check out KenBay. We’ve done the research, and our RotoPac can handle double the plastic load of other compactors out there. If you want to test it for yourself, you can try one before you buy one. If you’re satisfied with the experience and want to keep it, hey no problem! Simply pay the difference and keep the RotoPac we already sent you. You’ll be amazed at what you save when you try a RotoPac!
Let’s Have a Talk About Plastic.
I love plastic. You love plastic. We all love plastic, right? If you don’t love plastic, then think for a moment of what your life would be without it. Condiment bottles? Nope. Most sports balls? Yeah, no. Playgrounds? Forget about it! And that’s just the small stuff — what about medical needs like implants, hearing aids, and joint replacements? Plastics are so vital to the modern world, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have their downsides. Nearly 8 million tons of plastic ends up in our oceans every year, and that number may be going up. So, what can you do about it? Big companies and manufacturers ask themselves that question all the time. Most of them chose to recycle with Plastic Recycling Companies.
KenBay is a business that cares about plastics. We dedicate ourselves to the proper care and management of waste. We follow a zero-landfill initiative, and encourage other companies to follow suit! If you would like to know more about KenBay, please visit our website and explore our wide range of compactors available.
Now, Plastic Recycling Companies, such as KW Plastics, are great. It’s a simple concept, executed well, and it helps the environment. Simply send them your unused or unneeded plastic waste, and they take care of the rest. Sounds great, right? And for many companies, it is great. But smaller businesses, or businesses struggling financially, may not have the privilege of utilizing these types of opportunities. Additionally, some Plastic Recycling Companies may not be able to handle the large volumes of plastic like you need them to. How can you save money and get your large plastic compacted — faster? Simple, use a KenBay RotoPac instead!
How is a RotoPac Better?
“Now wait a minute!” you say, “Why is one small RotoPac any better than Plastic Recycling Companies? Those businesses are made to recycle plastic!” Too right, and like we said, for most companies, that option is perfectly fine. But what if we told you that a RotoPac could handle your plastic quicker and more efficiently than some of the competition? We’ve done the tests — one RotoPac can handle nearly double the weight of a traditional plastic baler — approximately 600 lbs of plastic wrap! The reason is the properties of the wrap.
Plastic wrap tends to want to “bounce back” to its original shape, making it little more difficult to compact. Basically, less material gets in there because it’s trying to expand. A RotoPac gets around that issue because it applies heat. What about if you don’t have that much volume to begin with? A RotoPac is still a great investment, if for no other reason than it reduces the amount of labor and workers. One RotoPac is small enough to be used right at the source of the waste. This means you don’t need teams of people hauling your plastic to the Plastic Recycling Company, saving you money and reducing the risk of injury.
If you want to try a KenBay RotoPac for yourself, then visit our website. You can sign up to try one before you buy it. If you like the RotoPac we send you, simply pay to purchase it and keep it right there — no big deal!
The folks here at KenBay like to talk about recycling, zero waste, and reducing landfills. We also like to talk about saving you money! Look, we get it — you want to be environmentally conscious. Maybe you make sure to recycle in your own home and teach your children about the importance of doing so. When it comes to your business or your factory, however, finances have to come first. Hey, you’d like to recycle more, but everyone knows that with the high cost of labor, transportation, and treatment, it’s simply far more cost effective to send your waste to a landfill instead of recycling plastic. If it only cost a little cheaper, you would definitely recycle more, right?
While the cost of recycling plastic is definitely higher than dumping it, the fact remains that landfills are nothing more than a temporary solution. In fact, after decades of the practice we are only just now thinking up plausible ideas for how to make a landfill sustainable. Until those ideas become a tested and proven reality, recycling and reusing are the best methods for reducing harmful emissions and fighting against climate change. If you need some ideas for how to recycle without putting your company into the red, here are some ideas from KenBay.
A big portion of the expense of recycling plastic comes from the extra labor required for handling and transportation. Usually, you need to hire extra hands and have specialized equipment for separating and moving your recyclables. One method to reduce costs this way is to reduce the need for that kind of labor! Use a small portable compactor instead that can be easily moved and handled right at the site of your waste. Just toss the plastic in, and stop worrying about it!
Make the Most of Your Trucks
Now if every step in the recycling process could be handled on site, how easy would that be? But the reality is, you do still need to send it to another facility, which requires paying for transport costs. If you’re already paying for it, make sure you get the most of your money! Ensure that your plastic is compacted into a convenient cube shape to reduce the amount of air hauled on the truck. Remember, you are paying for volume, not weight! Through compacting as much as possible, you will always get the maximum value out of recycling plastic, and you’ll have to make fewer trips overall, saving you money!
Research and Promote New Recycling Methods
One of the best ways to reduce the cost of recycling plastic is to find and encourage innovative thinking. A company in Mexico did that last year when it discovered a new (and cheaper) method. They now have a pending patent application for their new method! Encouraging and promoting ideas like these may lead to revolutions for the way we recycle plastic, and savings for everyone!
Use KenBay for Compacting and Savings
KenBay’s line of RotoPacs provide the portable and effective cost-cutting solution that you’re looking for. We have a wide variety of compactors which can be used right on site to handle any kind of waste right then and there. If you are interested in trying our a KenBay RotoPac, we offer the opportunity to “Try it Before you Buy it.” We send you the compactor, and if you decide it’s right for you, simply pay to keep the one that we sent! And remember, for recycling plastic or any of your other waste management needs, you can do it and save money as well!
Plastic: Helpful, but Hazardous
The invention of plastic is one of the biggest technological advancements in the past 100 + years. The ways which plastic has made our lives more convenient are so numerous that it’s impossible to name them all here. Put simply: the way we live now would not be possible without it. At the same time, plastic poses a significant problem for the environment, namely, the fact that it does not biodegrade easily. Plastic waste is a big problem for the planet, and handling it responsibly is an absolute necessity for big manufacturing plants. KenBay is a big supporter of recycling in any form. We fully support zero waste companies committed to reducing landfills and promoting environmentally friendly handling of waste. The solution to the plastic problem is to send your plastic to a recycling facility instead of a landfill.
You probably already knew this, however. Recycling plastic is much more commonplace than it was even a few decades ago. Our children are taught to do it in elementary school. Is there any way to make recycling plastic easier, however? Actually, there is, and it can save you money as well.
Compress, Compress, Compress!
One of the big mistakes people make when recycling plastic is not breaking it down before sending it to the recycling facility. I don’t mean chemically, either, I mean actual physical pressure. Too often, people will throw their recycled bottles and milk jugs into the bin as is. You know what happens when you do that? You end up hauling mostly air, and wasting space and time making multiple trips to the recycling center. A better solution is to compress the plastic containers as much as you can and flatten them. When I was growing up, my father would have me stomp on the old milk jugs in order to get this effect. Flattening the plastic like this allows you to haul more, so you save that needed time and effort.
Choose the KenBay Way
Compressing waste is especially important for manufacturing plants who need to cut costs whenever possible. Reducing the amount of air you haul to the recycling facility is a great way to save money! And one of the best methods to compress that plastic is to use a KenBay RotoPac. You can easily toss your plastic waste inside of one, and then sit back as the RotoPac continually presses and compacts it all into an airless cube. No space wasted here, and no need for extra trips back and forth! The cubes themselves are easily stackable, meaning you also save space and money that way as well.
If you think that a KenBay RotoPac is the right fit for you, then go to our website where you can try it before you buy it. If you like what you see, then you can pay to keep the RotoPac we send you — no need to send it back at all! We think you will agree that a KenBay RotoPac will make all the difference when it comes to recycling your plastic. So this year, save money and be environmentally responsible, with KenBay!
Shrink wrap is a prevalent material used across many industries. You’ll find in your grocery stores, and wrapping entire pallets full of shipments. Unfortunately, most of this stretchy, filmy, sticky plastic that can be somewhat of a nuisance ends up going straight into the trash – 95% of it to be precise. That’s a lot of plastic going to our landfills, and in certain industries it gets to be a voluminous waste stream accounting for tens of cubic yards a week, meaning multiple dumpsters full of the stuff. Without making a concerted effort to separate shrink wrap out from the rest of your waste, it’s a loss as opposed to something that could be an added revenue stream for your business.
3 Things About Shrink Wrap
- It’s Recyclable
It doesn’t occur to many people that shrink wrap is actually recyclable since it doesn’t have the token recycle tag on it that has trained us to know what goes in the blue bin. The fact is that there are many businesses that will gladly buy your shrink wrap and recycle it. Any amount of shrink wrap is worth recycling if just to make more space in your waste cans, and reduce your hauling costs even by a little. If you want to learn more about how you might actually save money by recycling your shrink wrap here are some measurements that will make it easier:1 gaylord = 40 cubic feet = 1.5 cubic yards
40 gaylords = 1600 cubic feet = 60 cubic yards
60 cubic yards = 6 ten-yard dumpsters
Perform an audit to figure out what your weekly totals of shrink wrap waste are and then subtract that from your hauling bill and you will determine how much you could be saving by recycling it as opposed to sending to the landfill.
- Keep it Clean and Separate
In order to recycle shrink wrap, you need to keep it separate from the rest of your waste. Since most shrink wrap waste is created in unpacking, be sure that those employees have separate bins for it. Most recycling firms want shrink wrap to be both clean and have all the labels removed in order for them to buy it back from you. Once removed from packaging the shrink wrap should be immediately placed in a waste bin to reduce the chance of its picking up dust, which will happen quickly as it is a sticky plastic.
- You Don’t Need a New Baler for Shrink Wrap
If you already use a baler for something like cardboard and have enough shrink wrap waste to bale, the good news is that you don’t need to buy a new baler to start recycling this as well. If you generate between 2,000 and 4,000 pounds per month a 42-yard compactor will do the job you need to be done. It will take about 20 gaylords of shrink wrap to fill it up the compactor to make one bale.
If you are creating tons of shrink wrap waste a month it is definitely worth contacting a company like KenBay to learn more about what kind of baler you need to start recycling your shrink wrap. We can also help you get connected with the right people who will gladly recycle this waste product for you.