- Plastic is one of the human races inventions. Its cheap, easy to make, and long lasting. So long lasting that it takes over 1000 years to break down and decompose! Think of how many generations will go but until that gallon milk container you drank is no longer an environmental issue. If you have plastic products which can be used again, do so! I can’t even begin to tell you how many plumbing and sprinkler companies I see just cut and throw out left over materials on a job-site. If you don’t want to save the material for the next job, sell it to someone who will use it or give it away for FREE! It will prevent the landfills from filling up with long lasting material.
- Sometimes you can even re-purpose products. Just the other day, I ate the last pickle in the glass pickle jar. I finished a job repairing a lanai and had many left over bolts which I bought in bulk. I cleaned out the pickle jar, labeled it “Lanai Bolts,” and stored the combination away in my workshop. Now I have a nifty container to hold my supplies!
- The best tip I can give regarding recycling is separating your precious metals and scrapping them. And by precious metals, I don’t mean gold, silver, or platinum. (Though these metals can be recycled as well)… I am talking about aluminum, brass, copper, stainless steel, etc. All of these different types of metals offer a price/pound ranging on the overall market price for each individual product. Don’t keep multiple metals together and recycle them as such or you will be paid at a lower rate classified as “white goods.” You will be surprised how the little items you use and materials you pull out of jobs will add up to big bucks!
And if you can’t sell, give away, scrap, or re-purpose your material, recycle it through the county and green up your company! Customers like a company that is Eco-Friendly and it will make your business more profitable!