Do you have questions about commercial recycling? Check these FAQs for answers to some of the questions that folks ask most often.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ):
- What types of materials can I recycle with Carolina Fibre?
Paper, Plastic and Aluminum
- Is there any way that material should be prepared so Carolina Fibre will be interested in purchasing it from me?
We prefer it to be baled, but depending on your location we can handle loose and/or skidded material.
- What is considered loose material?
Any material that is not baled is considered loose. This includes materials that are bundled, banded, or in boxes on skids.
- What is baled material?
Baled material has been processed through a machine that compresses the material into compact bales that can be loaded neatly onto a transfer truck.
- What is the difference between commercial and curbside recycling?
Commercial Recycling is usually defined as large industrial accounts or businesses and the material is more separated. Curbside Recycling concentrates on more how cities and neighborhoods are recycling, with all the material being mixed together in one bin.
- What kind of materials can be recycled?
There are numerous items that can be recycled. We have a list on our website of the types of items we handle.
- Can electronic waste be recycled (cell phones, computers, televisions) ?
Yes, it can be recycled, but we do not handle any electronics at this time.
- Will Carolina Fibre pay me for the material I bring to their recycling plants?
Our recycling plants have a pricing structure for several different types of recyclable items.*
- How are prices determined for the material to be recycled?
There is a national publication released on the 5th day of each month, which is followed by all of the recycling industry to outline pricing. It is based upon market research conducted throughout the month to determine supply and demand for various recyclable items. (The recycling industry as a whole follows a pricing outline published at the beginning of each month. Its recommended price ranges are based upon market research conducted throughout the prior month, to determine supply and demand for various recyclable materials in eight regions across the USA.)
- Are all materials recycled locally?
Many of the items are recycled throughout NC, but some items are shipped out of state and others to international markets.
- Where are materials taken to be recycled?
Recyclable materials are shipped to recycling mills located all over the US and overseas.*
- What is the minimum amount of material I can bring to be recycled?
If you bring recyclable materials to our plants, there is no minimum amount required. If we are arranging to have the material picked up, there may be a minimum weight requirement, depending on the type of material and location.
- How will I know if the cardboard I have is good enough to be recycled?
If the cardboard is free of wax or food contamination, it should be suitable for recycling.
- Why is there such an emphasis on recycling these days?
As education expands regarding the impact of waste on our environment, most people feel that recycling is the right thing to do by keeping recyclable waste out of the landfills. By taking the time to recycle discarded items, we can all do our part to help preserve the environment.
- Where can I go to learn more about recycling?
There are many websites where you can learn about recycling. Just start by searching for “recycling” in your search engine. Detailed information about recycling in North Carolina can be found at www.re3.org
- Are there examples of the annual earnings by companies that began baling and selling materials to Carolina Fibre for recycling?
Yes, we can provide examples of how companies have saved by baling their material and have created revenue streams by doing so.
- When did the recycling movement really begin?
Recycling has been around for a long time. However, with more education being centered on recycling and our environment, it has encouraged companies to spend more time trying to attain ecological goals for sustainability.
- How can companies make money by recycling?
Companies can make money by reducing their landfill cost. Instead of discarding these items in the trash, they can recycle them and receive revenue too!
- What are the first steps in setting up a recycling program at our company?
First, analyze all the different items you are discarding. Try tracking the quantity of the items you can recover on a monthly basis. Then, when a representative visits your facility, we can provide customized recycling program options for your company.
- How will we be able to recycle materials if our company is located a long distance from Carolina Fibre Corp?
Over the years, we have formed major alliances with many suppliers and customers in surrounding areas. If you are located in a region we don’t currently service, we can help you find someone who can provide the services you need.
- Are materials picked up at our company location or do we have to arrange transportation to the recycling plant?
It depends largely on the quantity and type of material, as well as the location. We have a logistics department that can handle scheduling of all transportation needs.