A byproduct of the COVID-19 pandemic is that, with so many people stuck in their homes for long periods of time, more time has been spent cleaning and decluttering the home.
This by-product manifested itself in the factors that led CORRecycling to relocate from its 739 Third Ave location. at its new facility at 710 Arrowest Road in Grand Junction, which officially opened Thursday morning.
Headquartered in Grand Junction, CORRecycling specializes in recycling electronic products, such as computers and televisions, and providing customer services between Denver and Salt Lake City.
Over the past year, business has grown so much that the company has occasionally found itself overwhelmed.
“On the one hand, we are seeing a 300% increase in the number of resalable computers and laptops and we are trying to keep up with supply and demand,” said Ken Burns, who co-owns CORRecycling with his wife. , Alexia.
“The events we have seen have been two to three times larger. We just did an event in Carbondale that weighed 31,600 pounds in four hours. We had an event in Delta that normally weighed 8,000 pounds, but 18,000 pounds this time. We are seeing a very big increase and it was very difficult to get trucks in and out. The land was gravel. We didn’t have a sidewalk. We didn’t have the ability to go vertically. We didn’t have a lot of space for the reuse department. We were just trying to expand all of our operations into a larger facility that would accommodate us better.
The new facility addresses many of the Burns’ concerns. The company is looking to hire three new employees to help the continuing wave of electronics recycling.
Ken Burns estimates that CORRecycling will see a 200% increase in e-waste uptake over the next nine months. Fortunately, the new installation will be able to handle this load.
The Burnses even installed new high-efficiency LED lights throughout the building in an eco-friendly move. This is how much they dedicate themselves to upgrading their old warehouse.
“Right now our current time to load a truck is about three hours. We suspect that in this new building we will be able to do it in 30 minutes, ”Burns said. “We have 5,000 square feet instead of 1,000 square feet for the reuse department, so we’re able to use a lot more space and hire more people. We are currently hiring three people and we have a covered awning, which is 4000 square feet, where we can accommodate customers if it rains and if it rains there are no more mud puddles.
“It will be a lot easier for customers to get in and out of the facilities here, as well as the paved terrain, and it’s a lot nicer, to be honest.