4 Waste Management Trends Defining the Waste Industry!

waste-collection-and-septic1. Cities Across the U.S. Continuing Implementation of Programs and Legislation for Zero Waste Goals.

The term Zero Waste refers to diverting any waste to landfills and incinerators. Implementation of new recycling programs, banning the use of specific products and a push for increased waste to energy has widened across the United States. Cities as well as businesses have taken efforts to reach Zero Waste in order to make a lasting positive effect on our environment. Most recently Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum toke drastic efforts to obtain Zero Waste status as the new 2015 sports season kicked off in September. Fans will now either recycle or compost any waste, while vendors will now use compostable service materials. Consumer goods producer, Unilever North America, achieved 100% Zero Waste to landfill at all of their distribution centers in North American. Unilever achieved this goal by using the four “R” approach. The four “R” approach refers to reducing waste at the source then reusing, recovering or recycling any waste that remains including hazardous waste. Achieving Zero Waste status can be achieved in many different ways in any industry as shown above.

2. Mergers and Acquisitions.

Acquisitions among smaller waste removal companies are becoming a growing trend which is expanding opportunities for them to make a bigger impact on the industry like their bigger competitors. While these acquisitions and mergers help drive the waste industry forward it may lead to confusion to their clients as most of these acquisitions do not go smoothly.  As systems, equipment, and staff transition the affected customers often see increases in costs, invoice change issues, and even services interruptions.  This creates high levels of frustration and the need for extra attention and resources as the customers deal with these transition issues.

3. Development of Advanced Technology in Trash and Recycling Containers.

New innovative technologies spread across different segments in companies who are looking to be a step ahead of their competitors. One place that might be overlooked to make changes is in trash and recycling bins. New technology efficiencies in containers are helping companies decrease energy use, save money and increase efficiency. New containers can have many features including tweeting the current capacity to reducing odor left from waste.  An up incoming company named Bigbelly has been acquiring further test trials for their new technology in trash and recycling containers in many cities across in the United States. Bigbelly waste containers are solar powered and are said to tweet a message when it is near full capacity.  This technology can help configure when the appropriate schedule for pickup should be so over colleting does not occur. Another example of new waste and recycling container technology is by a product Sutera developed.  Sutera, developed a semi-underground container which helps reduce bacteria growth, odor from waste and helps deter animals from reaching the waste. New advancements in technology for the waste industry are continuing to increase in order to grow with customers.

4.Municipalities Taking Steps to Eliminate or Cut Down Food and Organic Waste.

Every year we generate around 14 million tons of food waste which is 106 pounds of food waste per person according to the Environmental Protection Agency. In order to combat this growing number food waste in the United States, municipalities are continuing to implement and enforce composting programs to shift the amount of waste being disposed of. New York City’s Mayor Bill de Blasio recently unveiled a proposal at the end of August in which sporting venues, restaurants at hotels with at least 150 rooms, large food manufactures and wholesalers would be required to recycle all food waste. As these are great efforts in recycling and Zero Waste it does pose a stress among businesses to comply with the possible changes. If a business does not have proper training in food waste disposal and management it is proposed that they pay a fine for improper compliance.

There are many new innovative trends appearing in the waste industry but how can businesses stay up to date with changing trends and regulations?

National Waste Associates has the expertise to help your business develop programs and stay current in waste removal and recycling trends. Our expertise in sustainable development and recycling law compliance will provide customized waste and recycling solutions for all your projects. We understand that changing trends and regulations can be challenging. NWA’s experienced employees help many industries save their own resources on waste and recycling management to ease the stress of new changes. Whether it’s 50 locations or 2,000 we optimize every location for the right type of receptacle and frequency of pickups to save you money and remain efficient. Let our expertise circumvent these challenges where they exist. For more information, contact National Waste Associates at 888-692-5005 or email us at sales@nationalwaste.com.