Jul 18 2019

I ran into some friends of mine the other day.  Mary and Chris said that they read my blogs all the time but were interested in the shredding and recycling of electronic media but couldn’t find any information about it.  I explained to them the processes that we use and we talked about what items we could shred.  Some of the items were recyclable but it really depended on what materials that were involved.

I thought they had some really good questions and I suggested to them that I would write a blog about this.

So Mary and Chris, this blog is for you!!!

I know that there are many of you who have the same questions.  We can shred almost anything that is deemed confidential.  Items such as CDs, DVDs, cassette tapes, micro fiche and data tapes are easily destroyed.

We can also shred cell phones, BlackBerry smartphones, fax machines, computer hard drives, complete computers and industrial hard drives.  Some of these items have recyclable materials in them and are recycled if possible.

Our Sales Team have had some odd requests.  We have shredded things like flak jackets, tasers, shoes, knives, breast prostheses, and false teeth impressions.  So as you can see we shred almost anything.

One of our main functions at Crown Shred & Recycling is confidential document destruction.  We are able to destroy all forms of paper in addition to all our electronic media.

If there are some items that you wish to have destroyed , please contact our Commercial Sales department and they will be able to help you.  They can be contacted on this website at www.crownshredandrecycling.com.

Jul 18 2019

Her name is Lisa!!

Her supervisor describes her as having wonderful qualities.  She is "dedicated to the company".  "She is a quick thinker".  "She is always willing to help others".  "She is a multi-tasker".  All these qualities make Lisa one of the most personable people on the Crown Shred & Recycling team.

When you ask Lisa about her job and what her favourite part of her job is, she says "I love dealing with the truckers who come in every day with smiles on their faces".  She also likes working with the rest of the staff to complete the daily tasks.

You see, Lisa is truly a multi-tasker when her day consists of answering the telephones meanwhile weighing a truck on the scale.  She then has to complete the trucker's paperwork to ensure that he has all necessary documents to allow him to cross the Canadian/ US border.  When all this is going on, a customer will walk in requiring assistance or a another staff member will ask for information that only she can provide at this time.

You see, Lisa does all this and just keeps on smiling!!

Yes she is good!  We are lucky to have her on our team!!

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

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.


Jul 18 2019

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!!!

Jul 18 2019

Almost any material can be recycled in some way. The most popular items that are recycled are paper, plastic and metals.

Now, I know what you're thinking. Why should I take a few extra brain cells to make the effort to recycle?

Well, there are different strokes for different folks. But one reason we should all agree on is to conserve our resources for the future. Another important reason is to save energy.


Fact: 6.5 million tons of carbons by emissions are eliminated when 7 million tons of metals are recycled. It's like removing 5 million cars off the roads for a year.

Fact: The amount of aluminum cans thrown away in a 3 month period can make enough metal to rebuild a whole fleet of commercial airplanes.

Fact: Tin is another metal that has great value. Did you know that tin, when recycled, is so pure it can be used as stannous fluoride, it is the stuff that fights cavities in our toothpaste? ON GUARD! Say, those little tooth defenders, with their tin swords!!

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

NEXT - What is really taking up all that space in the landfills?


Jul 18 2019

Do you realize how much waste a household can produce in one day? Every day you throw things away that can be recycled to preserve the environment.

Fact: 1 ton of your soda cans can be recycled and save 207 million BTUs. That  is equal to 36 barrels of oil, or 1,655 gallons of gas.

Fact: 1 soda can, recycled, can be converted into energy to give you 3 hours of TV time.

Fact: 95% of energy that is used to produce cans from virgin ore, can be saved by recycling aluminum cans.

Fact: Recycling also limits gas emissions that are causing the greenhouse effect.

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


Jul 18 2019

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.