It’s been 16 mo the since RecycleiT took over the old AAA Recycling location in Tavares. Lots has happened. Our business is way up. Great customer interaction and paying Orlando pricing has paid off. We appreciate both commercial customers and individuals. Both are critical. We just finished moving the weighing center over to the large open space that used to house the can buying and baling area. This means easier and faster service. Backing in and out of that area is way easy. We have moved the aluminum buying area to a large part of the concrete slab. All scrap gets weighed and thrown right into the giant containers. The can buying area is straight in.
Sunoco Products Co. has developed a see through multi layer plastic can with easy open metal lids and bottoms. The can is called TruVue. This will allow customers to see the product on the shelf. With healthier eating getting a larger and larger market share, this allows companies to show off their products. Over 47,000 canned products compete for eye appeal on the supermarket shelves. An upside to the canners is the ability to use the same processing equipment on the same lines. So no major investment there. You grandma would not believe that you could see through to see her green beans.
Steel is the most recycled material on Earth. Amazing really, as of 2012, 88% of it is recycled on average. But it is very cyclical, since January of 2014, pricing has fallen about 60%. Sure it bumps up and down a penny or two but over the term that far down. In 2011, the recycle rate of steel was 92%, but global demand was off the chart, for 2013 it was 83%. That may not sound like much difference, but it is. In 2013, China had 35% to 40% more capacity to make steel than it had in country use. So, they sold it on the global market, cheap. So, our steel making capacity
Aluminum Cans. The best way to bring cans in to us is in large trash bags. They bale better if uncrushed, but we can handle any way. It is important to keep anything other than cans in the bags. Our employees handle everything that comes in, so glass, sand, steel shoes, snakes. So please just cans. We weigh every bag and process while you wait, so you will get your snake back. When selling anything other than aluminum cans or tin, Florida State Law requires us to collect your photo id, and signature. Copper. There are different grades of copper, the highest paid is bare bright, that is clean, shinny bright with insulation off. Zero
This recycling center was started in 1958 by Gene Smith. He had no money. It was a very hard business back then. Very few people understood it. He bought this scale brand new from a local concrete guy who bought it and decided not to use it. Paid 30.00 per month till paid for. Dug the original pit by hand and laid the block and poured the floor. The original wood deck came from the old Astor Swing Bridge over the Saint Johns River in Astor, FL. It was built in the 20’s and was demoed in 1958 when the original draw bridge was built. That deck that we took off the scale had wood