Finding a Recycling Partner
To manage your metal recyclables, you should first partner with a vendor that can successfully manage your end-of-project expenses. Your vendor must recognize the type of work you do and explain how they can help you. GLR begins by discussing the type of project you are working on and the materials involved. Typically, a GLR recycling expert will conduct an on-site assessment.
The most important step is finding a reputable recycling company like Great Lakes Recycling. GLR subscribes to a code of ethics — this code determines how we purchase, process and sell recyclable materials. A reputable recycling company like GLR will carefully inspect every metal load that comes into their facility. Scales are computer-read and verified. GLR will also provide you with an audit trail because we have nothing to hide.
It is wise to take cautionary steps to be sure the vendor is reputable—ethical vendors will not have a problem with this. Spot-check vendors by periodically calling their facility, and ask for validation of a particular load to make sure the time and date stamp what you expect.
Also, when choosing a vendor, use one that has a legitimate business location. Many mobile recyclers are available, but not fully knowing who you work with can cause problems. In some cases, you could be supporting the guy who is buying the materials that were stolen from your construction site.
Most reputable recyclers will not buy metal materials from your company trucks and pay their employees with this money, unless they have a letter from you authorizing this. In addition, they will make sure the materials received from you are recycled. For instance, if you are an HVAC contractor trying to recycle air conditioners, a reputable recycler will make sure the Freon is properly recycled. They should follow all guidelines established by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and local regulations.
When selling materials, sell it by the pound on a certified scale. Avoid anyone who offers you “so much for this pile and so much for that pile.”
If you are looking for a qualified, ISO 9001 Certified Recycling partner, contact GLR today and a Recycling Expert will be happy to help.