- On July 18, 2014
Each day, we have to sort out hundreds of types of waste material to limit contamination in the end product that we ship to recycling companies. Contamination affects our revenue stream in a big way. Mixed in with our recyclables we routinely find trash such as plastic bags, clothing, food, electronics, garden hoses, home improvement debris, green waste, car parts, and even Styrofoam.
We have a real challenge with contamination of marketable recyclables and various trash items wrapping around shafts and clogging up machinery. If we don’t keep on top of it, then what we earn in producing a pure feedstock is often dwindled down to nearly nothing due to the costs of labor and down time of our Material Recovery Facility.
To confront the issue, we are focusing our efforts on spreading the word about what’s acceptable in the Mr. Murph bins around town. To see a list, just go to http://feedmrmurph.com/what-can-i-feed-mr-murph/. Today, we have roughly 100 plus bins that are strategically located for our community’s use throughout the city.
Communication is absolutely critical in our strategy. We know the more we can engage people and inform them about the best ways to recycle, the more we can streamline the recycling process and keep our program sustainable.
As a company, we feel confident we will see great things if we can get people involved in a lifestyle of recycling. It takes all of us working together, but we can streamline the process if we’re making sure we’re putting the right recyclables into Mr. Murph bins.