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How a Circular Economy Can Change Your Waste for Good

circular economyAccording to the EPA, the US produces 718K tons of trash per day – and most of it is landfilled. Because businesses are responsible for a large majority of waste production, their use of sustainable waste disposal methods that divert trash from landfills can have a major positive impact on our environment and our future. Your business has the power to turn from trash creators to trash innovators.

One rapidly growing segment of corporate sustainability strategies is the evolution of circular economies. This approach revolves around designing out waste and pollution by keeping resources in use for as long as possible, extracting the maximum value from them while in use, then recovering and regenerating materials at the end of their service life.…

How Waste Industry Consolidations Impact Your Business

NWA advocates for their clients for better waste management during consolidations.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.…

Stress Relief – Working with Waste and Recycling Consultants

Arrow and Bullseye NWA IconAs 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.…

Waste and Recycling – What’s Behind the Hidden Fees?

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Are you aware of all the fees that make up your waste disposal bill? Many businesses are not, and as a result, pay inaccurate or unwarranted fees. As sustainability and recycling goals become more critical to business operations, waste disposal fees continue to rise. This rise in fees includes the soft cost of added separation that accompanies recycling materials, along with additional landfill fees municipalities are imposing to encourage recycling. Some of these fees are unavoidable, but some can be eliminated from your waste bill by performing a waste audit.

While waste services are necessary, most fees are not.

Turning Your Grease into Green: How to Profit from Being in a FOG

Within the restaurant industry, disposing of grease, oil and fat in a sustainable way can be a challenge; it can get messy, expensive and could lead to fines and legal troubles if not dealt with properly. A fat, oil and grease (FOG) program will reduce the amount of grease discharged to the wastewater collection system, as well as reduce maintenance costs. FOG programs not only help restaurants, grocery stores or distribution centers dispose of grease in a safe, sustainable way – they also generate income from rebates by implementing this safe disposal system.

Grease is changing. Now, restaurants have the power to participate in the circular economy, turning their used grease into useful materials for other businesses.…