Trim Paper Recycling Systems: Waste Not, Want Not
Some considerations to ponder in the planning phase, he notes, include safety, proximity to the production areas and loading docks, and the track record of the supplier, along with its knowledge of the manufacturing process. "After all, the goal is for the paper recycling system to be a complementary part of the overall manufacturing process," he stresses. "It all starts with choosing a reputable, highly experienced company for your system design and installation."
A system's safety and cleanliness will appeal to the quality-minded buyer, Dietterich remarks, as it generally ensures the system design process will not only be thoughtful, but engage the client. Also, he points out that automation can provide benefits by getting the best system performance for the lowest cost of ownership during the life of the system.
Advanced Equipment Sales provides automated scrap handling systems, and specializes in helping clients achieve efficiency and profitability in their recycling programs. Its latest product is the AirShark, a high-capacity rotary material separator for paper and film.
Annual waste tonnage, the value of waste paper in the marketplace (baled or loose) and deciding between a mill-direct program or a recycler/broker are among the top considerations for printers to ponder, notes Mark Kunz, WEIMA America's business development and regional sales manager.
Speaking of the value of scrap, Kunz says he has seen too many companies opt for a particular recycler/broker based solely on tonnage pricing, only to find out the company cannot handle the logistics of the volume moving from the printer's facility. Trailers may be unavailable for hauling or the outlet mill may be at capacity.
According to Kunz, new business opportunities can also play a role on the type of system that's installed, particularly if that influx of work calls for greater security measures than is required by the current customer list. Client jobs with sensitive information—coupons, barcodes, secured data and medical records, for example—may call for a higher level destruction of waste.