commercial recycling http://www.carolinafibre.com Wed, 23 Sep 2020 16:31:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.5.1 Why Recycling and Using Recycled Paper at the Office is so Important http://www.carolinafibre.com/why-recycling-and-using-recycled-paper-at-the-office-is-so-important/ Thu, 01 Oct 2020 08:00:02 +0000 http://www.carolinafibre.com/?p=1300 There has been a lot of discussion about reducing our American workplaces’ footprint, but unfortunately, statistics show that U.S. companies continue to be huge contributors to environmental destruction. Pollution, climate change, waste in waterways, and deforestation are just some of the environmental degradation that comes from our corporations. Many of those contributions are in the form of discarded paper.

But why does saving trees matter, and why should American companies care? Let’s explore the many benefits of using recycled paper and how we can help our earth by initiating a paper recycling program at your office.

The benefits of recycling paper and using recycled paper.

When your office recycles and uses recycled paper, you help promote a more sustainable corporate climate and a healthier earth for decades to come. Among other benefits, recycling your paper and using recycled paper may:

  • Save forests and reduce environmental degradation.
  • Reduce landfill waste.
  • Reduce pollution.
  • Save energy.

Keep reading to find out how these can help your business and our environment!

Save forests and reduce environmental degradation. 

Recycling paper allows your used paper to be repurposed. This article from Small Biz Trends shows that paper products can typically be recycled into additional paper products seven times before the materials start to degrade. This highlights how recycling dramatically reduces the need for raw materials needed to make new paper products.

Many people think saving trees isn’t a huge concern since it’s always possible to plant more trees. However, not only is this a misconception, but healthy forest eco-systems are essential for preventing soil erosion, sustaining healthy waterways, and maintaining wildlife habits. Over-managing our forests disrupts these processes that are vital to our eco-system. Even when trees are replanted, it can take forests decades to recover.

Research shows that almost half of the trees cut down in the U.S. are headed for paper production. By utilizing recycled paper and recycling your office’s paper products, you can help reduce these numbers and maintain healthier forests.

Reduce landfill waste.

Our American landfills are growing every day. Because they are so full, they are taking up large parcels of land and destroying essential natural resources. Waste dumps are also significant emitters of methane gas, one of the primary gases proven to be responsible for climate change.

By using recycled paper and recycling our paper, we can help slow the rate at which our landfills are filling up and the number of greenhouse gases generated by them.

Reduce pollution

The paper production procedure is a crucial contributor to environmental pollution. While using recycled paper doesn’t completely reverse these effects, it does greatly diminish them. Recycling paper also limits the amount of pollution that ends up in our waterways.

Saves energy.

According to an article in the Printing News, the energy needed to produce paper from raw materials is almost double what it takes to make paper from recycled paper.

Supporting paper recycling results in fewer greenhouse gas emissions and reduces the drain on energy resources.

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Recycling paper can save your business money!

On top of all the environmental benefits, recycling your paper and utilizing recycled paper can save your company a lot of money in the long run.

  • Investing in paper recycling may make your office eligible for tax credits.
  • Utilizing recycled paper can help your company gain approval among clients, who are demanding that brands take steps to limit their footprints.
  • Purchasing recycled paper drives up demand for these materials, which reduces the cost of recycling as the industry invests in the necessary infrastructure to meet demand.
  • Choosing sustainable options such as recycled paper will push down the cost of these goods. As resources grow scarcer, the price of paper goods will skyrocket. Investing in recycling now can help keep the cost of paper more reasonable over the long term.

How to set up a paper recycling program at your office. 

Now that you know all the recycling paper benefits, it’s time to put that new knowledge to good use by initiating an office paper recycling program. Here are a few tips to get started:

  • Designate an office “green team.”
  • Use a waste audit kit to determine the volume of your waste.
  • Research collection options.
  • Identify what to collect.
  • Select appropriate recycling bins.
  • Use images to so your team can quickly identify each bin.
  • Contact a professional recycling company like Carolina Fibre! At Carolina Fibre, we offer extensive recycling services, including paper, plastic, and aluminum recycling, and confidential shredding. Our confidential shredding service ensures your company is protected against identity theft and the divulgence of private information by complete destruction of company records. Once the information is shredded, we send a certificate of destruction for all materials destroyed.

Not only does investing in recycled paper provide your office with some immediate benefits, but it’s also simply the right thing to do when it comes to preserving the natural resources relied on by everyone.

By knowing the facts, engaging your team in a recycling program, and investing in recycled paper products, your company can help make our future healthier and more prosperous for us all.

With the services and facilities offered by Carolina Fibre, it’s easier than ever for businesses to jump on board with green efforts here in North Carolina. Contact us today if you’re ready to get started on your company’s commercial recycling plan!

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The Many Benefits of Fiberon Decking http://www.carolinafibre.com/the-many-benefits-of-fiberon-decking/ Tue, 01 Sep 2020 17:58:34 +0000 http://www.carolinafibre.com/?p=1294 Many companies worldwide recognize the many issues with the way we approach waste and recycling, so they are stepping up with innovative solutions. This new approach these companies are taking is pushing for positive change in their industries and inspiring hope for sustainability.

One company leading the charge of innovation is Fiberon Decking. Fiberon is a supplier of composite decking solutions. They design outdoor spaces that are not only created to sustain, but also to leave the smallest possible footprint. For almost two decades, Fiberon has been working to help those looking to create outdoor spaces, with quality and sustainable products made in the USA.

Beautiful outdoor spaces.

Fiberon takes great pride in creating outdoor living products that offer lasting beauty, maximum value, and easy maintenance.

Outdoor living is nothing without the outdoors and its natural beauty, so Fiberon incorporates eco-friendly materials and sustainable processes into everything they create.

Protecting the environment.

Fiberon’s amazing products are made from recycled materials, they source local recycled content, and utilize a closed-loop water cooling system for zero water discharge.

Their decking materials are made with locally-sourced recycled plastic, leftover sawdust, lumber mill scraps, and other materials. Each year Fiberon prevents more than 60,000 tons of plastic and other waste from ending up in landfills. Plus, Fiberon composites prevent further deforestation, do not contain the toxic chemicals often found in pressure-treated lumber, and are manufactured in a zero-waste process. Some other important facts about Fiberon and their processes include:

  • They are saving more than one million trees every year.
  • 100 million pounds of recycled plastic put to good use every year.
  • Manufacturing composite decking requires a constant source of water and they reuse almost all of it.
  • They reuse 98.5% of the waste from their manufacturing process.

Composite decking is cost-effective. 

While pressure-treated lumber may cost less initially, maintenance costs are significantly higher. Composite decking is a lot like prefinished flooring. It arrives as a finished product and never needs sanding, staining, or painting, just an occasional soap, and water cleaning. Wood needs to be finished after installation and then refinished every 1-2 years, meaning you’ll spend a significant amount of time and elbow grease maintaining that deck.

What’s more, wood decks are susceptible to mold, decay, weather elements, insects, and in general, have a shorter lifespan. Composites continually retain their good looks year after year.

According to Fiberon.com, maintenance costs with composite decking will be about $5-$15 per year, whereas wood decking will cost about $450-850 per year.

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Composite decking is safer. 

Wood-plastic composite decks will not splinter, split, crack, or rot, making your outdoor space safer for children, pets, and bare feet.

Fiberon decking looks just like wood.

Today’s composites genuinely reflect the organic beauty of hardwoods, complete with subtle streaking and wood grain patterns. And when it comes to color choices, you’ll find many more options to suit your tastes than with traditional wood.

As summer comes to a close, and the crisper temperatures creep into the Carolinas, start thinking about your outdoor space. Does it offer you the peace and joy that it should? If not, contact the experts at Fiberon today!

And for more tips on living green, whether outdoors or in, stay tuned to Carolina Fibre’s blog.

 

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Carolina Fibre Featured in Recycling Today http://www.carolinafibre.com/carolina-fibre-featured-recycling-today/ Thu, 20 Nov 2014 21:14:25 +0000 http://www.carolinafibre.com/?p=834 Recycling builds more competitive manufacturing industries by converting waste into raw materials and adds significantly to the U.S. economy. Among many benefits, the recycling industry makes a vital contribution to job creation as well in their efforts to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfills.

You’ve no doubt heard of Sonoco and Pratt Industries—both world leaders in recycling. But you’ll find Carolina Fibre headquartered in the same region as those leaders, doing well and serving its community by creating new revenue streams and sustainability plans; greening supply chains; optimizing product lifestyles; and minimizing environmental footprints. Services include paper recycling, plastic recycling, aluminum recycling, consulting services and confidential shredding. Carolina Fibre can even help you set up a Corporate Recycling Program.

But the thing that sets Carolina Fibre apart from the rest is their commitment to quality customer service, paying customers quickly and adhering to ethical business practices. Ayscue points out, “When you call our office, you will not get voicemail; you will get a live voice to help you with your questions.

“Our niche is customer service and timely payment,” Ayscue continues. “In a big company, turnover may be very high. People get lost in the system. For us, we make sure we provide one-on-one service. Our customers want their places serviced quickly and to get paid fast.”

The U.S., Europe, Japan and Hong Kong have been exporting raw materials internationally for many years. When it comes to China in particular, the U.S. would receive many shipping containers of imported goods and then ship them back empty.  It made sense for China to capitalize on the higher quality of cardboard to make better, more environmentally friendly packaging, as well as make money reprocessing and selling the raw materials. It was also a sustainability win for the U.S.

Operation Green Fence, implemented by China in February of 2013 placed restrictions on the waste in allowed into the country. Any shipment that has a single contaminant can be turned away. And according to the International Solid Waste Association, about 7,600 tons of material from the U.S. was rejected during the first three months of the initiative.

When it comes to Green Fence and China’s current economic climate, Ayscue said that Carolina Fibre has explored more overseas markets to “fill the void we are experiencing with the downturn in China.” He also mentions that they have been much more meticulous with “allowing export buyers on site to inspect material before taking orders for overseas shipments.”

The Recycling Today Media Group is the go-to publisher in the recycling industry, giving suppliers and companies the tools, resources and insight necessary to help sustain the environment for future generations. Suffice it to say, Carolina Fibre was thrilled to be featured as Recycling Today’s cover story earlier this month.

You can read the entire feature at Recycling Today.

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Confidential Shredding and Your Business http://www.carolinafibre.com/confidential-shredding-your-business/ Mon, 15 Sep 2014 18:11:02 +0000 http://www.carolinafibre.com/?p=803  

carolina-fibre-confidential-paper-shreddingA shredding service is not just for accounting firms—it’s a priority for all industries and businesses interested in protecting themselves from the increased risks of identity theft. New privacy legislation requires all companies to take reasonable measures to protect and safeguard all information deemed confidential—financial, medical, legal and proprietary documents. They all must be destroyed in a responsible manner to ensure that privacy is protected.

The following is Carolina Fibre’s Certificate of Destruction Process:

1. The date the load was shipped
2. The source of the load (one of our suppliers)
3. The booking number if available (client’s specific ID for the transaction)
4. The number of the vehicle that shipped the load to premises for destruction.

The above information is noted and documented in a letter including the following: “This letter certifies that your shipment has been received at our plant and all acceptable materials will be destroyed through our recycling process.” A security seal is then attached to the shipping papers, and the seal number is noted.

Carolina Fibre works with Confidential Shredding to ensure that all of its clients—large and small—are aware of how important it is to properly and legally destroy sensitive material. If you’re interested in learning more about Carolina Fibre’s confidential shredding services, please contact Carolina Fibre professional today.

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Carolina Fibre: Strategic Sustainability Consulting http://www.carolinafibre.com/carolina-fibre-strategic-sustainability-consulting/ Thu, 31 Jul 2014 17:31:03 +0000 http://www.carolinafibre.com/?p=769 Companies that invest in sustainability are the ones that effectively withstand resource limitations. Earlier this month we discussed the vast and various benefits of integrating green habits and practices into your business. From reducing company costs, reducing waste and positioning your organization in the best light, maximizing your sustainability initiatives enable your organization to be profitable while helping people and the environment.

You understand the benefits: sustainable initiatives create fulfilling jobs, promote accountability and reduce natural resource dependence and pollution. But with so many different avenues to take and practices to implement, how do you decide which is the best, most effective route for your business long term?

Carolina Fibre guides organizations to actively manage their social and environmental impacts for a clear return on investment and profitable growth. The Carolina Fibre Strategic Sustainability Consulting approach is thorough and yields an in-depth understanding of how solid waste and recyclables are being managed in your business environment. We analyze and identify your impact, make recommendations within an extensive plan for your leadership team, and begin implementation upon approval. We perform monthly monitoring and report your savings and constantly adapt to make the most difference.

Some of the solutions we provide include:

  • A sustainability plan to align your bottom line
  • Green your supply chain and optimize your product life cycle
  • Calculate and minimize your carbon footprint
  • Plastic recycling, paper recycling, aluminum recycling and solid waste collection programs for hundreds of categories of materials
  • Hands on staff reporting

At Carolina Fibre, we are the drivers of change. Our sustainability consultants research cost-saving strategies and embrace and foster innovation and adaptation. We will provide you with the strategic insight and technical skills needed to improve your organization’s resource use and increase savings and performance through your new custom recycling program.

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Sustainability: Why Going Green Is Good For Your Business http://www.carolinafibre.com/why-going-green-is-good-for-business/ Mon, 07 Jul 2014 18:12:46 +0000 http://www.carolinafibre.com/?p=746 There are many reasons for your business to go green. Aside from the positive impact you’ll have on the earth, you can effectively lower your operating costs, inspire others to be proactive in their sustainability efforts, attract new business, and reduce waste. Take the first steps towards going green by reframing your perspective and considering the long-term benefits for your business and the world it’s a part of.

Reduce Company Costs
We hear it all of the time. Committing to the methodology and actively taking steps to greening a business appears costly to many organizations. But when businesses look at the bottom line over time, they should see an overall savings in water, gas, and electric bills. There is a significant reduction in waste, which ultimately means a decrease in costs.  And if you and your employees pledge to take small steps—like turning off unnecessary light bulbs in your office every day—your office will undoubtedly reduce energy consumption. Lower energy consumption decreases utility costs. Decreasing utility costs increases your company’s bottom line.

Reduce Waste

Reducing unnecessary waste trims operating costs. It can be as simple as turning off the lights that aren’t needed in the office and ensuring that the thermostat is at appropriate levels. The end goal is to preserve natural resources by using those that are sustainable, or by reducing the amount consumed. This concept is pretty straightforward: turning off lights saves energy, and using both sides of printing paper cuts costs for paper in half.

Image and Reputation
There is no denying that sustainability initiatives are increasing in popularity. While public perception may not be the best incentive to go green, it certainly has its perks. According to a study conducted by NLSN in the first quarter of 2014, consumers are attracted to social responsibility efforts and are “even willing to pay additional money to satisfy do-gooder instincts.” The Bloomberg Businessweek article stated that researchers surveyed 30,000 consumers in 60 countries. Of those respondents, 5% admitted that they would pay more for services and products dedicated to fostering positive social and environment impacts.

According to the data, 63% of consumers are extremely concerned about environmental sustainability. Above that: 67% are extremely concerned about increasing access to clean water, and 63% are concerned about improving access to sanitation.

Consumers notice when organizations are invested in the communities they serve. Go green, and you’ll leave a lasting impression on potential customers.
Sustainability
Through our consulting offering, Carolina Fibre designs custom recycling programs for North Carolina businesses to help them make money instead of throwing it away. For businesses large and small, Carolina Fibre has partnered to set up recycling programs that reduce waste, create revenues, and maximize sustainability—protecting the environment and the bottom line.

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Carolina Fibre Attends the Carolina Recycling Association’s 24th Annual Conference and Tradeshow http://www.carolinafibre.com/carolina-fibre-attends-carolina-recycling-associations-24th-annual-conference-tradeshow/ Wed, 23 Apr 2014 19:28:47 +0000 http://www.carolinafibre.com/?p=719 Members of our team attended the Carolina Recycling Association’s (CRA) 24th Annual Conference and Trade Show last week at the Omni Grove Park Inn in Asheville, North Carolina. The CRA has been in the business of advancing waste reduction and recycling in the Carolinas since 1989 and is maintained by multi-national corporations, small businesses, local government, state government agencies, and individuals.

And what a grand success it was! “Zeroing in on Waste Reduction” drew in over 700 attendees, 24 sponsorships, and 89 exhibitors – the largest, most well attended conference to date.

The CRA conference was a means to meet and discuss material supply and other technical and market issues related to recycling in our region. The conference runs for three days, and had hundreds of attendees in the recycling and waste industries. The conference featured breakout sections, roundtable discussions, and meetings, as well as receptions and mixers in the evenings. Because our services have grown to include paper recycling, plastic recycling, aluminum recycling, consulting services, and confidential shredding, topics such as commercial recycling, source reduction and reuse, and non-traditional materials were of particular interest to us at Carolina Fibre.

Carolina Fibre was among many fine organizations present at this year’s conference. We’re pleased with the current trend toward green initiatives, and that companies around the world are seeking easy, efficient ways to offset their impact on the environment. Carolina Fibre has been advocating sustainability, reducing negative impact, and enhancing the ecosystem since its inception. To this day, Carolina Fibre remains committed to developing innovative solutions for recycling waste.

Our time at the Carolina Recycling Association’s Conference and Trade Show was both informative and fun. We look forward to attending the event in 2015!

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