When looking into the recycling industry, we found that there was a large room for improvement in the recycling of glass. More specifically the removal and transport of glass from the user to the recycling plants.
Glass bottles and containers are a real problem to transport because the have relatively light weight (when empty) but a large volume. The key to solving this problem was to reduce the volume. I realize that this sounds very simple, but the fact is that no-one is doing this.
If you think of this in terms of the actual transport that moves these bottles around then the money that can be saved becomes clearer. If you can reduce the volume of a bottle to 80% of what it initially was then you can reduce the number of trips it takes to transport that same waste by 80%. To put it simply if you have 8 dump trucks removing glass bottles from a site then you can reduce that number to just a single truck purely by reducing the volume of the waste product.
This is by far your greatest saving but not the only one, if the waste can be collected disposed of faster the recycling process can be completed faster meaning more recycled was meaning more money back for your waste produce.
As a company we had already been involved with many pilot projects involving waste and recycling. We are well known for our prototype work and have designed numerous machines from heavy duty shredders to rural water pumps.