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America Recycles Day

Over the past 40 years, WTS has enjoyed the privilege of discovering innovative and sustainable recycling opportunities for our clients across the United States. As more industries are adopting non-traditional outlets for everything from simple office waste to their industrial by-products, WTS continues to be on the forefront of implementing proven solutions to divert recyclable materials from landfill disposal. 

In a recent project, our customer was in the process of cleaning out a large production facility, and of course the notorious “cats and dogs” started to show up from decades of processing, one of which was several thousand pounds of unused glue tablets. Traditionally, these would have been sent to the local landfill, however WTS used its network of over 500 suppliers to determine that an already existing customer needed this grade of material in a large-scale adhesive recycling program.  WTS coordinated the logistics, prepared necessary shipment documents, and the pallets of glue tablets were shipped off-site to a recycler within days of notification, preventing the impact of these materials on the local landfill. 

With the use of WTS’ guiding principles to achieve our goals and the goals of our customers, communication has been key to WTS’ collaboration with our internal and external stakeholders to divert recyclables from the landfill.  An example of this would be during the recent pandemic when the challenges of the supply chain began to surface, WTS determined that a local recycler of an existing customer had the capability to recycle difficult to manage rolls of paper that were historically landfilled.  Not only was the recycler in desperate need of the paper as a raw material, but the solution helped divert over 300 tons of paper from the landfill and associated expenses. 

In a recent case study, WTS partnered with a fortune 200 biotechnology and pharmaceutical company to provide the framework and logistical support towards zero-landfill dependency.  The scope of work, again, utilizes WTS’ approved supplier network and in-house developers to offer industry leading separating technology to recover valuable re-usable plastics, metals, and fiber-based materials.  With WTS’ support, the impact of this project is slated to remove thousands of tons of recyclables annually from the local landfill and propel the facility towards a zero-landfill initiative. 

These are just a few examples of the impact of the flexibility in resources and solutions WTS employs to adapt not only to the needs of our customers, but to lead by example using a systematic and sustainable approach to by-product management and recycling in a continuously changing environment.

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