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How Your Business Can Help Close The Loop

Posted on Fri, Dec 07, 2012 @ 10:00 AM

Close the loop

One of the most commonly overlooked elements of recycling is the value of recycled material. Everyday more items are being placed in landfills rather than being recycled. Did you know that only about half of Americans recycle daily, and 13 percent do not recycle at all. It is important to not only recycle but also learn about what items can and cannot be recycled. To keep up to date, contact your local waste management company in Connecticut.

Close the Loop

Close the loop is a common term in the recycling industry but for outsiders it can seem like just another piece of industry jargon. It's vitally important that your business does its part to close that loop. Here's the basic flow of the recycling loop. The customer uses a product and sends if off to a recycler. The recycler takes the post consumer material and purifies and repackages it for use by manufacturers. Manufacturers use the recycled material to produce new consumer goods. The customer buys the recycled product and the cycle repeats.

What Your Business Can Do

How can your business help close this loop?  Your business can start implementing practices by recycling, purchasing items made from recycled materials and then choosing to recycle them again. To make sure that you are completing the close loop cycle it is important to educate yourself, recycle and reduce the amount of waste generated.

Educate Yourself

Understanding the basic steps in the closed loop process helps influence your decisions when it comes to your purchases and recycling efforts. Once you better understand how the closed loop works, it will be easier to identify where it’s broken. To become part of the closed loop, conduct research to locate the most environmentally friendly products and companies in your area that you can purchase products from and where you can recycle those same products. The key is to start thinking about the waste materials in your business as a commodity instead of waste.

Recycle

Contacting a waste management company in CT is the best way to start joining the closed loop system. The people that deal with recycling everyday have the connections you need to start identifying potential suppliers and recycling centers for everything from used paper products to carpet removed in a remodel. It is important to make sure that what you use ends up in the recycling stream rather than in the waste stream.

Key Takeaways:

  • The closed loop system is comprised of consumers, manufacturers and recyclers.
  • Do not just recycle, but purchase items that are made from recycled materials. 

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