The blog for Green Planet 21 is where we share stories about what we do.
It helps educate and inform the public about our developing solutions for our industrial recycling clients.

Product Destruction Near Tacoma

Listen to Diane Robinson tell the short story of a product destruction for a video game maker. Product destruction goes like this: A customer contacts us because they merchandise they cannot sell. Most of their manufacturing goes well but a few of their gadgets don’t work. Something fell off the assembly line and became dented.…

Sell Scrap Cardboard

Sell scrap cardboard without these contaminants

When you want to sell cardboard scrap into today’s recycling markets, what do you need to know? Our Phoenix plant manager Rick Smith manages our plant where we process scrap materials for the world’s recycling markets. In this video, Rick shows you just what to keep separate from your cardboard. Be sure to exclude waxed…

How to Recycle 550 Drones and Their Packaging

Green Planet 21 and Clausen House recently collaborated on a pilot program for training developmentally disabled adults in recycling work. The Clausen House trainees established a busy rhythm of unpacking, partially disassembling, removing lithium batteries and separating all of the recyclable parts from 5500 non-working drones.  Working temporarily alongside full time recycling workers in our…

How to Recycle Business Waste Cardboard and Paper

Cindy Felton is based in northern Nevada where she works together with our Reno/Sparks team educating customers on how to recycle materials for commercial cardboard recycling. Cindy points out that some customers have become used to putting their recycling all into one recycling bin. The problem with putting all of the recyclables into one recycling…

What to Avoid When Preparing Cardboard for Recycling

Across the recycling industry, we must all reduce and control any possible contamination to ensure the quality of the commodity materials we sell to end users. Meet Bill Anady, Plant Manager for Green Planet 21 at the Port of Tacoma. Bill says, “There is no current market for mixed, unsorted, or unclean recycling materials. This…

12 Minutes with Steve Sutta on Recycling Today

Steve has worked with paper mills in China for 40 years. He is the founder and CEO of Green Planet 21. In 12 minutes you can have his thoughts on recycling and sustainability matters and the dynamics of the global marketplace today. Steve covers the National Sword, China’s new inspections and special actions, commingled recyclables,…

Update: China’s National Sword Implementation

CCIC Approval sticker on bale of shredded office paper.

Green Planet 21 is in the recycling and sustainability business. We work with our customers to maximize recyclables that they generate in their plants so that they landfill as little as possible and move towards their sustainability goals. There are many types or grades of scrap materials for cardboard and paper and plastic recycling. The…

Steve Sutta on Chinese Environmental Protection

In early February 2018, Steve Sutta spoke about his understanding of what is happening in the recycling business vis a vis changes in how the Chinese are doing business. He said, “We provide what China needs. What they want is really what we provide and have provided for years. We provide source segregated recyclables for commercial and…

Dear Suppliers: Prepare Shipments to China with Increased Care (i.e. Vigilance)

Cranes load ship at Port of Oakland

Dear Current and Future Customers: Thanks so very much for your ongoing business. We need you to be in the loop and fully understand the current situation for recyclables in China. The Chinese government has set new standards for imports to China and their inspectors are in place as of March 1st. Their inspection of…

Cleaning up the Great Pacific Garbage Patch

Even though this journalist did not mention us, Green Planet 21 IS the recycling company that is working with The Ocean Cleanup. Environmental company to clean ‘Great Pacific Garbage Patch’ from Alameda

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