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What You Need to Know About the World’s Top Recycling Companies

Recycling has become an integral part of communities across the globe thanks to the work of the companies that encourage individuals and businesses to take part in the trend. Though there are many effective recycling entities in the world, a few standout due to their unique waste management services and impressive global reach. Read on to explore a few of the top recycling companies:

Republic Services, Inc. (Phoenix, Arizona)

republicserviceslogoSince its inception in 1996, Republic Services has become one of the most prominent entities in the United States non-hazardous solid waste sector. The firm offers its waste management services and programs to more than 40 states by operating numerous treatment centers and 340 collection systems.

Perhaps the company’s most impressive endeavor is its ongoing dedication to recycling. Over the years, it has opened 67 material recovery facilities (MRFs) across the US that support its vision of a more sustainable future.

In 2012, the company unveiled a new Milpitas, California-based “multiple waste stream” center capable of sorting 110 tons of commercial and residential waste each hour. With both recycling and composting services available, this facility is able to divert in excess of 80 percent of waste from landfills.

Kuusakoski Recycling (Espoo, Finland)

kuusakoskilogoA certified e-Steward and SAI Global Health and Safety firm, Kuusakoski Recycling provides sustainable waste management services to communities in 11 countries across the globe. For more than a century, the firm has revolutionized the recycling industry with innovative research and technology.

With the help of research partners from across Europe, Kuusakoski has led development projects in such areas as sink-float separation techniques and cathode ray tube (CRT) recycling. By consistently updating its recycling techniques, the firm is able to elevate traditional waste management to involve more efficient and cost-effective processes.

Novelis (Atlanta, Georgia)

novelislogoOver the course of 12 years, Novelis has made a name for itself as one of the most dominant players in the global aluminum industry. From its Atlanta headquarters, the firm directs operations at countless R&D and production facilities in more than 10 countries. Though it specializes in the creation of aluminum rolling products, Novelis also focuses much of its attention on recycling.

In fact, the company has become the top aluminum recycler in the world, salvaging around 50 billion cans every year. Novelis is able to make such a significant impact by both collecting aluminum recyclables and re-using them during the manufacturing process. One of the company’s most significant endeavors was the opening of an aluminum recycling facility in Nacherstedt, Germany. The center, which is the largest of its kind, can sort about 400,000 tonnes of scrap each year.

Genan (Viborg, Denmark)

genanlogoFor more than two decades, Genan has worked towards a vision of a more sustainable world by innovating scrap tire recycling. As the largest entity in its industry, the company is leveraging its knowledge to make the process of recycling tires easier and more affordable.

Genan’s first plant started with a total capacity of 35,000 tonnes of scrap per year, but it has since doubled its volume. In addition, the firm has opened plants in several locations across Europe and the United States. The largest Genan facility, which is based in Houston, Texas, can accommodate up to 100,000 tonnes of scrap tires annually.

Hewlett-Packard (Palo Alto, California)

HPlogoThough it is primarily known for its computers, printers, and other technological accessories, Hewlett-Packard has also become renowned for its global recycling initiatives. Over the last 30 years, the firm has taken in nearly 3 billion pounds of recycled materials in an effort to prevent electronics from ending up in waste disposal sites.

Now serving more than 70 countries, Hewlett-Packard provides a number of outlets through which its customers can give new life to their used computers. Whether via mail or at one of the company’s 32,000 drop-off sites, individuals can trade their electronics in, submit them for refurbishment, or exchange them for cash. If Hewlitt-Packard can revitalize the used materials it receives, then it will remanufacture them for new use. If not, then it will safely recycle them.

Eurokey Recycling (Leicester, England)

eurokeylogoSince its humble beginnings as a cardboard salvaging firm, Eurokey Recycling has emerged as a prominent industry player that collects all manner of recyclables. The firm has invested in technologies that will make it easier to sort and recycle everything from polythene film to plastics.

This enables Eurokey Recycling to provide manufacturers with the recyclables that they need for product manufacturing. Perhaps the firm’s most groundbreaking service is its revenue-sharing initiative. This program allows its client businesses to earn money each time they recycle.

KW Plastics Recycling (Troy, Alabama)

kwrecyclinglogoAs the world leader in high-density polyethylene (HDPE) and polypropylene (PP) plastics recycling, KW Plastics can process more than 1 billion pounds of materials each year. It is fully accredited in the area of HDPE air management and is the only recycling entity to maintain certification from UL.

KW Plastics purchases scrap plastics by the bale, reprocessing each material into usable HDPE and PP resins that it then sells to clients for new use. These post-consumer resins (PCRs) thus encourage sustainability across numerous industries, including paint, construction, and agriculture.