Recycling has become second nature to more Americans than ever. The EPA reports that the percentage of waste recycled increased from just 10 percent in 1980 to 34.5 percent in 2012. We’re recycling more now than even just a few years ago.
Recycling habits reflect a change in public opinion. People expect your organization to go green and take steps to reduce waste.
In the material handling industry, we have seen how automated solutions can streamline recycling efforts. With the right equipment, like our motorized dump hopper, workers can contribute to your company’s green initiatives while also handling trash more efficiently.
Highlights of recent EPA recycling data reveal that Americans recycle large percentages of many kinds of waste:
- 65 percent of paper and cardboard
- 68 percent of soda cans
- 57 percent of yard waste
- 18 percent of rubber and leather
- 16 percent of textiles
As you can see, there’s a demand for recycling various types of materials besides paper, aluminum, and glass. Businesses are expected to minimize their landfill contribution in every way possible.
Eco-Friendly Trash and Recycling for Your Business
The first step toward handling trash responsibly is a system that makes it easy for people to recycle. Factories, schools, and other facilities that produce tons of waste can use a motorized dump hopper to provide an easy drop-off location for each kind of recyclable. An employee can then easily maneuver and move the waste to the appropriate recycling point when the hopper gets full.