Archive for January, 2019
Trends such as mergers, acquisitions and consolidation in the waste industry continue to rise, which creates concerns for businesses. Reduced competition limits choices, leads to price increases, and creates confusion in the marketplace. As a result, customers of waste management companies going through transitions often experience unsubstantiated cost increases, service interruptions and invoice discrepancies. Many businesses are forced to allocate additional resources to navigate these changes and limit adverse operational impacts.
Growing monopolies in the waste management industry
Industry consolidation is being driven by the mega waste companies. With a desire for broad market control, these companies are looking for additional assets and resources by acquiring smaller companies that in many cases are experiencing financial constraints brought on by larger competitors.…
1. Cities Continue Implementation of Zero Waste Programs and Legislation
‘Zero Waste’ is a waste management strategy where all waste is diverted from landfills and incinerators. More and more cities and states across the U.S. are implementing new recycling programs, banning the use of specific products and making a push for increased waste to energy. Cities as well as businesses have made significant efforts to become Zero Waste in order to reduce their impact on the environment.
Globally, 23 cities and regions have signed up to the C40 cities declaration to advance towards zero waste. In the U.S., this includes New York City, Philadelphia, Portland, San Francisco, San Jose, Santa Monica and Washington D.C.…
Waste separation is an important facet of waste management. Whether your business produces organic waste, plastics, fibers or other recyclable materials, there are proper ways to handle each material in order to optimize waste utilization and efficiency.
Single-stream and dual-stream commercial recycling are just two of dozens of proper channels for segregation of waste. Each of them has potential benefits for your company’s operations as well as the environment. Read more below to discover the differences between each method and to learn which might be the best fit for your business.
SINGLE-STREAM COMMERCIAL RECYCLING
Single-stream recycling is when all recyclable products go into one can, or stream.…
One material that is under particular focus is foam, and many states are banning or regulating how foam products are used.
New York City placed a ban on single-use foam products, after fighting a lawsuit that attempted to prevent its implementation. This made it the largest city in the U.S. to ban foam. Similar bans also exist in more than 100 other U.S. jurisdictions including Washington, DC, Portland, Maine and San Francisco. Local governments in these areas believe it must be controlled because the material is too contaminated, is made from non-renewable and polluting petroleum by-products, and lacks a sustainable market to be recycled.…
As a business manager, you spend a lot of time worrying about controlling costs, maintaining facility conditions and keeping facilities as energy efficient as possible, on top of many other operating stresses. Enlisting help from a waste and recycling consultant can help you relax about the changing waste landscape. Consultants provide expert advice, create optimized waste management plans, and manage waste service processes and providers on your behalf.
Management companies help you save time, money and hassles compared to handling waste on your own. Here are just a few functions a management consultant will handle for you:
1. Optimize waste across all your locations
No two locations are exactly the same – each one has unique needs when it comes to waste disposal and materials recovery.…