China's Ban: What's the Local Impact?
China's import ban has created an excess material supply in the United States, forcing prices down and driving standards up.

Millennium has been working over the past few years to make up for these lower prices and stricter requirements, including looking at new equipment and increasing education and communication efforts.

If any material changes are required, we will keep you updated. Please make sure your loads are as clean as possible and that your customers understand what they can and can't recycle (if you need support, please just let us know - we are here to help!).

Shannon Dwire, Millennium's President, recently spoke with KELOLAND about the impact China is having locally. If you missed it, follow the button below:
Waste Audits: How Important Are They?
Waste Audits can reduce materials going to the landfill, help cut waste costs, and can be beneficial to all businesses. How?

Improve Business Operations:
Waste audits can uncover breakdowns in a waste and recycling program, determine what is or isn't working, and give data needed to make informed decisions.

Help Measure Success:
Waste audits help businesses set targets and gauge the effectiveness of their recycling programs. Audit results can be a morale booster for employees, who can see how their efforts are making a measurable difference.

Contact Millennium to schedule a Waste Audit for your company or customer and learn how it can help you.
Quality of Commercial Loads
Here at Millennium, incoming material quality is the most important factor that we cannot control in our day-to-day operations. When contamination is present in either single steam or cardboard, our processing speed, equipment and the value of the product suffers. 

If contamination issues are present in the material that you're delivering to us, please ask us for help. We would much rather invest our time helping you improve your incoming material before it gets to us than spend our time downgrading, penalizing and picking through your delivered contaminated material. 

Customer Communication & Education Tips:
  • Clearly label bins with recycling guide.
  • Encourage internal education: Break room fliers, newsletter highlights, email notices, intranet posts, staff meeting highlights, kick-off events or training led by management.
  • Keep tabs on the program by checking in to ensure the system is working for employees.
  • Promote successes and tout the benefits.
  • Share information such as amount of materials recycled vs. thrown away, money saved.
QUALITY ALERT: Loose Plastic Bags
Loose plastic bags create a lot of issues for our equipment. Please help us by pulling out any loose bags from bins or loads to catch them before they make it onto our floor and into our equipment.
Our simple  waste audit  can help reduce contamination and increase your recycling rate. Contact us to schedule an on-location waste audit with your commercial customers. 

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"On the Line" is our quarterly newsletter meant to keep you informed on current events at our facility, in our community and in the recycling industry. If you want to hear about a topic or have a question you want us to answer, please let us know! We look forward to keeping you updated, thanks for your continued partnership as a Millennium Recycling customer.