What You May Not Know About Waste Handling & Recycling

If you’ve been looking for a CAT equipment dealer in Colorado, New Mexico, and far west Texas, we’ve got you covered at Wagner Equipment Co. In terms of inventory, nobody is going to beat us in our territory (and probably beyond). We’ve got forestry equipment, paving machines, heavy construction machinery, farming and agricultural equipment, and machines for waste handling as well — the latter of which is the topic of today’s blog, as it turns out. 

In terms of dependability and quality, we are proud to be a dealer of Caterpillar equipment. If you are new to the game, all you need to know is that CAT machines are as good as it gets in pretty much every measurable respect. All of our equipment has been designed for performance, ease of use, and durability. Whether you are looking for a machine work tool, air compressor, or excavator, CAT equipment is the cream of the crop. 

In terms of customer service, we are confident that you won’t find better, more helpful people at any heavy machinery and equipment dealer around the world. Our support is unrivaled, featuring multiple full-service facilities throughout New Mexico, Colorado, and west Texas, along with a host of Wagner Rents Cat Rental Stores. Although our customers live in spread-out, rural areas, that doesn’t mean they always have to drive for hours upon hours to get the repair service they need. We’ve got strategically-located resident sales and service representatives with plenty of conveniently placed parts drop boxes. 

Plus, we offer online parts ordering and have more than 235(!) field service technicians who are dedicated to meeting your every need. Seriously, put us to the test! We’d love to hear from you and ensure your CAT equipment is performing optimally for years to come. 

Waste Handling

Let’s talk about everyone’s favorite thing, trash. If you didn’t catch our tone of sarcasm, we were being sarcastic. We are fully aware that thinking, talking, and writing about garbage is not exactly high on most people’s list of enjoyable pastimes. In fact, you could probably think of about 254,492 things you’d rather discuss than trash handling, and we doubt it would take you very long at that. 

But the fact of the matter is that our waste exists, it is real. We make it, it’s part of who we are, and that means we better discuss it — otherwise things will get out of hand and we will end up living in a pile of our own filth. 

That’s why we should all be very thankful to those kind, humble folk who have dedicated their lives to taking our garbage away from us. “Did we take it out? Did they take it away? Did we pay our bill? Three yeses? Perfect!” For most of us, that’s as far as our caring goes.

But there is so much more to the story than that! So today’s fact-providing blog is focused on facts about recycling, trash, and waste handling, as the title already revealed. We are going to spread some proverbial light on the waste handling industry as a whole! We hope you find it interesting, fun, and maybe, just maybe, a touch inspiring! 

Recycling & Garbage Facts

  • Collectively, it would seem that we’ve forgotten the old adage, “waste not, want not”. The issue is that there are more people wanting more things than ever before on this planet, and as we laid out above, there are byproducts for this kind of increase and, dare we say, excess. Here’s a fact to back that up: we bin 7.2 million tons of food every year. On the flip side, one in seven people don’t have enough to eat each day!
  • People buy over a million plastic bottles each minute! And tragically, most of that plastic winds up in the ocean. Analysts project that by 2050, the ocean will have more plastic than fish, if one were to measure by weight. 
  • The United Kingdom used to use 500 million plastic bags every week. Each bag takes up to 1,000 years to decompose, so their introduction of the 5p bag dropping usage by 85 percent has helped immensely. Nice going, Brits!
  • The average landfill has about 33 percent of it filled by packaging material alone. 
  • The United States takes the gold medal for producing the most trash out of any country in the world! The average is 1,609 pounds per person per year. Total it out, and you get the mind-boggling number of 526,464,800,000‬, which is A LOT of garbage. 
  • Take the figures above in conjunction with this fact: every year, the average American throws away about 1,200 pounds of organic garbage that should be composted.
  • For each $10 spent buying things in the United States, $1 goes to packaging that is sent off to the dump more often than not. Packaging represents ⅔ of all household trash! 
  • From a financial perspective, things don’t seem to add up very well either; it costs $30 per ton to recycle trash, $50 to send it off to the dump, and around $75 to incinerate it (which isn’t great for the climate, for the record). 
  • How about adding a little levity to the conversation, shall we? If you’ve ever been to Hamilton County, Ohio, you might be interested to learn that the highest point in the county is Mount Rumpke. What is probably interesting to practically everyone is that it’s actually a mountain of trash, measuring 1,045 ft. above sea level. 



  • One of the biggest inhibitors to recycling in the United States is attributed to public confusion about recycling. Specifically, people aren’t sure what is recyclable and what isn’t. 
  • According to an EPA funded Yale University study, United States recycling levels are at 21.4 percent of full capacity. If we were to reach 75 percent, it would be the same as taking away 55 million cars from roads each year in terms of environmental impact. 
  • Economically speaking, recycling is a key part of our country’s infrastructure. It is a $200 billion industry in the United States, generates an average of ten more jobs than landfills do, and can be used as a valuable export to China and India. They want our recycled trash, so let’s give it to them!
  • We need to do something about the aforementioned problems soon, however, because worldwide waste is set to double in the next 15 years. 
  • The good news is that with the help of standardized labels being displayed on all recycling bins throughout the nation, more people will pick up on what they are supposed to be doing. Hopefully, this will lead to increased adoption. 

So there you have it. We hope you’ve enjoyed this brief look at the world of waste handling, recycling, and just how massive of an undertaking recycling really is. There’s a long road ahead, but there is also hope on the horizon if we all can get onboard!

Contact Wagner

If you are interested in new or used CAT waste handling equipment, don’t hesitate to contact us at Wagner Equipment Co.! We’d love to hear from you and make sure you get the right machinery for your unique application.