Aug 10 2011

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 

Jul 27 2011

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


Jul 26 2011

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. 

Jun 20 2011

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, 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 to help us along and he got us hooked up with Jeff Maystruck of 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.


Jun 08 2011

Ok so recycling.  It's the easiest way to help save our world but people are under the impression it's difficult.  But I'm here to tell you differently.  If you use our curbside service...FANTASTIC!!!  If you choose to take your recyclables to drop-off centres at the mall for example, that's great too.  Either way, the following are some super easy ways you can recycle.

1.  Whichever option you choose, find a convenient place to collect recyclable items.  Most things come from the kitchen, so this makes for a good spot to set up a recycling center.

2.  If you use our curbside service, we give you 2 blue bins for your recyclables.  One for paper and cardboard, the other for plastics and tin.  We take glass too, so put it in a grocery bag and into the plastic bin as we can't compact it on our trucks.  If you take your recyclables to a drop-off centre, you can put your favorite old containers, bins, or baskets to use to store your recyclables.  Assign containers for glass, plastic, and aluminum.  To avoid messes, choose solid containers for storing items such as glass jars or cans that may have a sticky residue.

3.  If you haven't switched to reusable grocery bags yet, it's not a big deal.  We will pick up those bags as well as bags from clothing stores and the like in the plastic bin.  If you have a huge collection at home like I used to, take them back to grocery stores where they are collected and reused to make plastic lumber, which is what we do with the plastic we collect here.

4.  Check the bottom of plastic items to identify what type of plastic they are. We take any plastic item identified with a number between 1 and 7 in the triangle.

5.  This may take a bit of time, but you need to take off the caps as Sarcan will not accept them as of April 1, 2011.  And if you're feeling really ambitious, take the tabs off aluminum cans because they can be turned into a wheelchair.  You'd be surprised at how much kids actually like to do this Smile

6.  Newspapers, magazines, coloured and white paper can all be recycled as long as the paper is clean and dry.  Stickers or rubber bands should be removed, but staples and plastic window envelopes are OK.

7.  Recycle worn-out rechargeable batteries like those used in cell phones, computers, or power tools.  Click here to  to find a drop-off location in your area.

8.  Divvy up recycling duties among family members and sort items on a daily basis.  Make it fun!

9.  Print out this list of commonly recycled materials. Post it where you recycle for easy access.