Dec 15 2017

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. 

Dec 15 2017

In our industry the one constant we can always count on is the amount of recyclables being brought to our door.  There really isn't a slow time of year, but there are peaks around Christmas and the fall season.  We usually have between 15 - 25 trucks delivering loose material each day Monday to Saturday. 

Cory says: "We could have a truck rodeo in our yard some days!"

 Our yard is a busy place and sometimes room is scarce but we always find a way to handle all the trucks . The ability of our people is the key.

Most of the material brought in goes over our sortline and all the material goes through our baler.  We average about 2700 bales a month with each bale averaging 1200 lbs.  That is alot of material that goes through our facility. 

Vern, The Master Shipper, says that he loads those bales before the wire is even tight!!!

Dec 15 2017

Equipment is big in our industry and having the proper equipment is even bigger.  Recently, we replaced our old Ameri-Shred shredder with a new Ameri-Shred Series 4.  The old unit was rated for 4,000 pounds an hour.  The new one can do 10,000 pounds and has the capabilities to shred hardcover books among other things, the old shredder couldn’t.

At present, our employees are unable to keep up with this amazing machine.  The speed and output are 5 times greater than the old machine allowing us the ability to process more material in an 8 hour shift.

Our Ameri-Shred 4000 was operated for 12 hours per day to keep up with the volume of material, whereas the Ameri-Shred 10,000 currently is averaging 6 hours a day.  We expect the hours to decrease once we have effectively increased the efficiency of the machine.