An important aspect of a home furnishing distribution center’s operation is efficient waste management. A distribution center produces scrap materials during regular operations. So the company needs a safe and affordable waste disposal solution.
Consider the time and energy that goes into producing new cardboard packaging. To manufacture a single ton of new cardboard requires three tons of virgin timber. By recycling your cardboard, you can reduce the resources the production process requires. Recycling your scrap materials reduces your production costs and makes a positive impact on the environment.
Keep reading to learn about recycling for home furnishing distribution centers and how Generated Materials Recovery can help you start.
Home Furnishing Distribution Center Recycling: How it Works
Common Materials Recycled in the Industry
The recyclable materials for home furnishing distribution centers fall within these three grades:
- Old Corrugated Cardboard (OCC)
- Stretch film plastic
- Expanded polystyrene (EPS foam)
Out of these three grades, the most commonly produced material is cardboard. Typically, cardboard scrap materials come from a distribution center’s packaging. This type of cardboard is referred to as old corrugated cardboard. In the United States, 90% of packages are shipped in corrugated cardboard boxes.
The plastic materials that a home furnishing distribution center produces comes in the form of stretch film. Commonly, this stretch film consists of linear low-density polyethylene or LLDPE. Distribution centers use this type of stretch film plastic to transport a pallet of furniture products.
Expanded polystyrene or EPS foam is another material used in packaging products. The two forms that EPS foam takes are solid blocks of EPS foam or foam packing peanuts. The type of EPS foam used will depend on the product and how it is packaged. Some products are packaged with larger foam blocks for protection, while other smaller items may be packaged with packing peanuts.
Preparing Home Furnishing Distribution Center Materials for Recycling
Before you can begin any recycling process, you must first sort your scrap materials by grade. Sorting the materials allows for a more efficient recycling process.
Once you’ve sorted your materials, the materials must be prepared for shipping. The preparation process is dependent on the material.
To prepare OCC materials for recycling, the materials must be fed into a compactor. Plastic and foam materials must be baled or densified. The goal is to reduce the amount of space these materials take up when shipped to a recycling center.
Generated Materials Recovery’s Home Furnishing Distribution Center Recycling Services
Materials that GMR Can Recycle
The team at GMR has experience recycling a variety of cardboard, plastic and foam materials. Some examples of those material grades include:
- Old corrugated cardboard
- Cardboard from distribution centers and manufacturing operations
- Old and new cardboard materials
- Polystyrene (PS)
- Linear low-density polyethylene (LLDPE), which is found in plastic stretch film
- Polypropylene (PP)
- Post-industrial prime foam, which mainly includes expanded polystyrene (EPS)
- Polyurethane and viscoelastic foam
- Visco or memory foam found in mattresses
These are just a few types of materials from home furnishing distribution centers that GMR handles. Clients are always welcome to contact GMR about possible recycling solutions for materials of any grade or type.
Material Collection and Transportation Equipment
Our team at GMR is dedicated to providing you with an integrated, cost-effective waste management solution.
To help you properly integrate your waste management solution, GMR offers on-site collection equipment, such as vertical and horizontal balers, compactors and densifiers. Once your materials are prepared, GMR uses receiver boxes and tilt toppers to collect your materials. After collecting all your materials, our team uses a van trailer to transport your materials to our recycling facility.