"Industry Insights" Posts

National Waste Associates Achieves $1.2 Million in Waste Savings for Major Pet Retailer

A National Pet Store with over 1,000 locations needed greater control of their waste expenditure.

Over three years, National Waste Associates’ (NWA’s) waste experts undertook a series of data-driven analyses across the entire account which resulted in consolidated savings for the customer of over $1.2 million, together with a significant reduction in their carbon footprint.


Our customer lacked vital oversight of waste operations at their sites, which spanned the length and breadth of the country. With hundreds of stores serviced by different haulers, corporate found that they couldn’t identify where optimization opportunities existed. This left them with a bloated cost center for waste, and disposal costs that were going through the roof.…

The Extra Fees That Haulers Add to Invoices: Are you protected?

Haulers win waste contracts with low prices for waste disposal, making you think that you’re going to get a great deal by switching to them. But to make their money back from these contracts, they have developed a variety of additional ‘fees’ that they may add on top of their disposal charges.

In this article, we take a look of some of the most common extra fees that haulers will try to charge. Every day, NWA’s Vendor Services team works tirelessly for our customers to fight against these additional fees.

Business Compliance Charge

Although this fee has been applied by some haulers for a while, it has just become a mandatory fee for one of the waste majors.…

Some Haulers Want to Landfill your Recycling. This is Why.

Your staff have been trained to separate recyclables from the trash, and you’ve got your containers or compactors for each; one for trash that goes to landfill, and the other for single stream recyclables. Cardboard, paper, plastics and metal containers all go in here, then get sorted and recycled into secondary materials, reducing the environmental impact of your operations.

Simple, right? Sadly, it’s not always quite as simple as it seems and with current market conditions lowering the value of recyclables, companies across the U.S. can’t always trust that the recyclable materials they put in the single stream containers will actually be recycled as intended, and as haulers are contracted to do.…

Why Single Stream Recycling Can Now Cost You More Than Waste

There are normally two factors that incentivize businesses to recycle more of their waste; reducing their environmental impact, and saving money on their waste bills. But with new challenging market conditions, this isn’t always the case anymore…

The Rise of Single Stream Recycling

Since its origination in the 1990s, single stream recycling has been a popular option for businesses that want to recycle, without having to install a wide variety of containers for each recyclable material. By collecting paper, cardboard, plastics and metals together in one bin, nationwide recycling stats jumped because it was so much easier for businesses and households to do.…

How NWA Boosted Barnes & Noble’s Nationwide Recycling Rates, Saving Costs and Carbon

The major bookseller Barnes & Noble was struggling to get its numerous locations to divert sufficient waste from landfill, recycling only 30% of its total waste tonnage. NWA’s waste management experts worked closely with the client to identify the best recycling strategy for each store, tailoring each one to their specific waste streams, volumes, and locations.

Over seven years, NWA increased the client’s landfill diversion by 67%, providing Barnes & Noble with significant financial savings while also reducing their environmental impact.

Key Project Metrics:

  • Waste diversion rates increased to 50%
  • $160,000 saving over 3 years
  • Saved an additional 50,000 metric tons of CO2 per year
  • Equivalent of removing 11,000 cars from the road

The Client

Barnes & Noble is a Fortune 500 company with over 600 retail stores and distribution centers located across 50 states.…