2022 was another busy year for Colorado Industrial Recycling. We took on several special projects during the year and made a variety investments to our yard and infrastructure. After undergoing a thorough audit, Colorado Industrial Recycling was selected to be part of the inaugural class of recognized business within the Colorado Green Business Network (CGBN), a state-run program that recognizes organizations for outstanding environmental performance. CIR was certified at the gold level of membership, the highest level of environmental recognition in the state of Colorado. We were the first recycler and the first business in southern Colorado to obtain gold status in the program!
Metal recycling is much more complicated and fascinating than most of us appreciate. When recycling scrap metal, most individuals only get to see what happens at the recycling collection point. What occurs behind the scenes to turn that recycled metal into newly manufactured goods is a complete mystery. Let’s raise the curtain on this surprisingly complex transformative process. To start, we will focus on the recycling of power cords and cables. In this blog, we will follow a power cord on its journey through the recycling process.
Appliances like refrigerators, freezers, and air conditioners (both facility air conditioners and motor vehicle air conditioners) contain refrigerant gases known collectively as freon. If mismanaged, these refrigerants can cause harm to the environment. For this reason, improper release of refrigerant gases is illegal and subject to large fines. The good news is that Colorado Industrial Recycling and many other recyclers are fully capable of ethically recycling appliances with refrigerants. That said, not all recyclers act responsibly. The conscientious consumer should take care to vet the recycler they choose to support.
Colorado Industrial Recycling was recently spotlighted in a feature story in the industry journal, The Waste Management Reviewadmin2022-04-14T17:03:35+00:00
Colorado Industrial Recycling was recently spotlighted in a feature story in the industry journal, The Waste Management Review. The article highlights how we partnered with Eldan Recycling to launch our wire processing plant.
2021 was another wild year! Find out more about how we spent the year in our 2021 Annual Report. Like most businesses, 2021 tested our dexterity as a business. The pandemic continued to disrupt several aspects of our business. Supply chain issues, wild commodity market fluctuations, and mandated quarantines were par for the course for much of the year.
Knowledge is power. Most businesses recognize scrap metal can be a valuable source of revenue. However, each day we see businesses throw away money through the mismanagement of their steel, copper, brass, aluminum, and other scrap metal. These mistakes can result from either inattention or over-engineering of their recycling programs. Thankfully, there are several simple things any business can do to maximize the value of the scrap metal they generate.
The recycling industry has gone through a lot of turmoil in the last few years. Between environmental scandals, bankruptcies, service cuts, and price volatility, the industry is in a state of upheaval. Although challenging for recyclers and consumers alike, the current state of affairs could provide the catalyst needed to reform the industry so it is healthier and more sustainable going forward.