CSR Administrator

CSR Administrator

Jul 18 2019

Vern is his name.  A real likeable guy.

According to his supervisor Kelly, Vern is an extremely dedicated employee who thrives on getting the job done correctly and on time.

You see, Vern is one of many employees at Crown Shred & Recycling Inc. who takes pride in his work.  He loads anywhere between 5 to 7 semi-trailers a day with marketable recycled paper, cardboard or plastic.  These loads are destined for mills anywhere in North America depending on the commodity.  Vern has to pay particular attention to how the material is loaded, making sure the trailer is not over-weight or that the material has been properly prepared.

In addition, Vern also unloads several semi-trailers a week arriving from various recycling plants throughout Saskatchewan as well as our own trucks on a daily basis.

In preparation for all this shipping, Vern must separate all the different bales.  He must then de-palletize those bales that come on pallets and weigh each bale before it's loaded.

Vern is also responsible for inventory control of all our bales so you can see he is one busy guy.  He ships approximately 8 different commodities to various mills.

Vern likes to be busy so when the opportunity presents itself, he will work through breaks just to get the semi drivers on the road.

WOW!!  What a guy!!

Jul 18 2019

The term "Styrofoam" is actually a Dow Chemical Co. trademarked form of polystyrene foam insulation.

Only about five percent of a foam package is polystyrene; the rest is air.

The Benefits

Styrofoam has an insulating quality that helps keep food warm.  It is also light weight and has high durability and strength making it an excellent packaging material.

The Downside

Styrofoam is made from petroleum.  In its production process, a carcinogenic chemical known as benzene is used.  Due to the presence of benzene it is inevitable that food in direct contact could be affected.

Furthermore, Styrofoam is hardly biodegradable.  In the absence of a suitable solvent it can last almost forever.

Styrofoam is often space-consuming.  It is estimated that by volume, it takes up as much as thirty percent of landfills worldwide.

Now - The Good News!!

In Saskatchewan, Crown Shred & Recycling Inc. collects and markets Styrofoam for re-use in the manufacturing of non - food related goods.

When preparing Styrofoam for recycling, please remember to remove all debris and break up the material into smaller pieces.

For further information and contact information, please visit our website at: www.crownshredandrecycling.com

Jul 18 2019

There are several reasons why it may make sense to recycle vinyl siding. First, the material is generated in significant quantities. The Vinyl Siding Institute (VSI) claims that approximately 6 % is waste.

Second, there appears to be a strong demand for recovered vinyl. Where is the demand coming from? Typically, recovered vinyl is sold to manufacturers of such things as sewer pipe, electrical conduits, irrigation pipe, outdoor furniture, fencing, garden hoses, floor mat backings, molded tool handles and tarps.

Third, there may be economic incentive to recycle vinyl siding. By diverting substantial amounts of siding from landfills, installers and customers can be saved from paying tipping fees. Most pre-consumer scrap is clean which makes it even more desireable to recycle.

Jul 18 2019

Will my vinyl siding installer dispose of my existing siding for me?

Yes he will. The question is how will he dispose of it and where will he dispose of it and at what cost? The fee will be invisible in the cost of your project or he will say: "If you want us to dispose of it then it will cost you X amount to get rid of your old siding".

Don't expect your vinyl installer to take the siding to a recycler.They are thinking about costs and so will not probably do it. There are two ways to make sure your siding is recycled. One way is to take it to a recycler yourself or another way is to call your local recycler and they will pick it up for a service fee. By the way, this fee will be much cheaper than transportation, bin rental and landfill charges.

If you are looking for a vinyl recycler in southern Saskatchewan please contact Crown Shred & Recycling Inc. at www.crownshredandrecycling.com 

Jul 18 2019

Many companies have taken several steps to reduce the environmental impact of packaging materials.

Here are three key areas that you can work on that will impact the environment.

First of all, the toughest thing is to reduce the amount of packaging materials used in the shipping of your products.  It takes great ingenuity to make this happen.

Secondly, try to use recycled fiber whenever it's possible.  This reduces the amount of chemicals used in the manufacturing of raw materials.  You will see on the attached image that a trailer of baled cardboard is being loaded to be sent to a re-pulping plant to make more cardboard.

And thirdly, if it is not possible to use recycled fiber then we must ensure that pulp-based packaging is used in a continual basis.  If at all possible please use suppliers who are not involved in deforestation.

Our intent here is to inform the reader about how to reduce packaging materials in your everyday shipping needs.  Please contact your local recycler for more information.  In the Province of Saskatchewan please contact Crown Shred & Recycling at www.crownshredandrecycling.com.


Jul 18 2019

Last week we shipped a 53ft semi trailer loaded with used 4" black HDPE pipe.  This was a first for us in a couple of ways.  First, we loaded the trailer with loose pipe from the site of one of our customers.  Secondly, we have never recycled or handled this type of material before.  After we confirmed the make of the pipe, we researched the validity of recycling such material and found there is a market for this.  We approached one processor of plastics in Vancouver and asked if they would be interested in such a load and they certainly were.  So we loaded the trailer front to back, floor to ceiling, as best as we could.  After 4 hours we had a full load and off it went to the coast.  This was a first for us but certainly will not be a last. 

We are always on the lookout for new ways to recycle, new products to recycle and new ideas.

As a recycler, I have a queston for you, what is the one thing you would like to see changed/added to recycling?

This could be the recycling of a new product, a change to how we provide service, or just an idea.  We would love to hear your feedback, be it positive or negative we want to hear it. 

Jul 18 2019

When you look around at your family, your friends or teenage children, they are all either texting or on facebook or communicating on twitter and you know things have changed.  If we are to communicate with our youth today this is the way to go.  These people are going to be the purchasing agents of the future so let's make the changes now.

We at Crown Shred & Recycling needed some upgrading on our website.  Our very capable web designer, Justin@dryfive.com suggested that while making all these changes that we link in Facebook and Twitter and also create a blog.

Management at Crown Shred & Recycling decided we needed to get some professional help.  No, not the psychiatric kind but a social media expert.  We contacted Trent Fraser of www.FraserStrategy.ca to help us along and he got us hooked up with Jeff Maystruck of www.JephMaystruck.com and the rest is history.  "Jeff, your the best!".

Today, we are learning the techniques on how to write blogs as well as communicating on Facebook and Twitter.  We have set up a team consisting of Jenese on Facebook, Cory on Twitter and myself on blogs.  We have become very disciplined on the amount of time spent on research on all facets and is working out very well.  Jeff continues to coach us along with regularly scheduled meetings.

We are starting to see some positive results on all facets of our program on Google Analytics.  We are excited!!  Stay tuned for further updates.


Jul 18 2019

Plastic for Recycle

Quoted in part from www.stumblerz.com/recycling-fun-facts

Plastic is a big issue.  There are seven different types of plastics that make up objects and containers we use everyday.

Here is where we take a little turn in the road.  If you have been following our website www.crownshredandrecycling.com, you will notice that we manufacture plastic planks.  Do you remember my blog about "The Day in the Life of a Yogurt Container"?  I am sure you do!  It is interesting how a yogurt container can end up being a picnic table made out of plastic.

There are so many uses for all the household plastics.  It is important that you buy products that display the number of the plastic in the triangle so recyclers will know what kind of plastic it is.

Every year the number of recycling businesses grow.  There are over 17,000 plastic recycling centers waiting for your plastics.

Besides plastic fence posts and planks, all of these materials can be reused and made into new products for mattress filling, absorbing products (sponges), wadding, and felt that is used to create fiber for clothing.

Let's make it happen!!


Jul 18 2019

What is really taking up all that space in that landfill?

Quoted in part from www.stumblerz.com/recycling-fun-facts/

Recyclable Paper

All those magazines, newspapers and boxes made from cardboard and paper, are the most thrown away material.  These materials can be remade into new paper products.

17 of our lovely, oxygen producing trees have to be cut down to produce about 1 ton of paper.

More and more people are joining in to recycle paper products.  We all need to do our part to avoid putting things in the landfill that are so easily recycled.  Paper is the easy one.  We need to do this together.

50 million tons of paper are used each year.  Save the trees!!

Boxes that toys or shoes come in can be recycled to make new cartons for cereal boxes, soap boxes, soda cartons and the so important PIZZA BOXES. If that doesn't inspire you, I don't know what will.

An acre of trees can be preserved by recycling 1 ton of paper products.

37 percent of our garbage is comprised of paper products.

PLEASE - Let's get serious!!!


Jul 18 2019

So I went to the landfill the other day to dispose of a non-recyclable item on a day when the wind was going 80 kilometer per hour. I was absolutely shocked to see thousands of plastic bags hanging on the fence along with the thousands more that were airborne and heading that way.  You have been there!  You have seen it!!

Plastic bags are very much a recyclable item.  My goodness, when are we going to realize that we need to do something about this!

The thing is, It's so easy!!!  SAVE IT!  DELIVER IT!  SIGNUP!!  Pick one!!  Please just do not put them in the garbage bin.

A friend of mine was telling me the other day that he couldn't get his kids to recycle.  I sympathized with him and said: "You know, I do believe that the children should learn how to recycle at home".  As my buddy Jeff always says: "Let's have some fun with this"; how about starting a contest with some friends by seeing how many plastic bags you can put into an ordinary grocery bag or my favourite, how many yogurt containers can you can put in a grocery bag?  We'll leave the prizes up to Mom and Dad.