It’s not much different in my business life as well. Cardboard within cardboard within cardboard is not uncommon. What do you do with all that cardboard? Well, the good news is that most of that cardboard does end up at the recycling mill! Upwards of 70% of all the cardboard manufactured is recycled into – what else – more cardboard. But are you paying too much to have someone else make money on your cardboard? Many businesses are oblivious to the cost savings of recycling cardboard. Not only can you make money selling OCC (Old Corrugated Cardboard), but the savings of not paying to haul it away can be even greater! Let’s examine this a little closer.
Take a walk by your dumpster. Is it half or even ¾ full of cardboard? Most companies pay $300 each time a 40 yard roll-off container is picked up and that does not include the weight inside the container. Let’s just use the $300 figure to do some simple math. If your dumpster is being hauled away twice a week and it is half full of cardboard, that means that you are paying $300 per week plus weight to have your cardboard hauled away. Most of the time that cardboard is being separated by the waste hauler and sold to a recycling mill. So not only does the waste hauler collect money from your company to haul the cardboard away, he is making money selling it as well. It must be worthwhile for the waste hauler! Why else would he do it?If you can save $300 per week and sell the cardboard for another $125 – $150, over a year’s time, that is over $22,000! Yes, I said $22,000!
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