"Industry Insights" Posts
When businesses think about recycling and zero waste, they tend to start by reducing obvious materials such as paper, plastic, cardboard and aluminum, before considering food waste.
While the standard recyclable products are initially attractive because they can be easily monetized to generate profits, recycling food and other organic waste is also financially beneficial for your business. This is because you’ll be diverting the heaviest fraction of waste away from landfill, significantly reducing your waste disposal costs (which are calculated on a cost per ton).
If your business is already recycling paper, bottles and cans, adding food scraps collections is the natural next step.…
For the restaurant industry, disposing of used cooking oils and trap grease can be a messy and expensive business, with the risk of fines for incorrect disposal.
Not only will a fat, oil and grease (FOG) recycling program reduce the amount of organic material discharged into the wastewater system, it will also reduce your maintenance costs and could generate significant income from rebates for your business.
Grocery stores and distribution stores can also benefit from implementing a FOG recycling program for their waste oils and greases.
Recycling these organic materials into biofuel is a perfect example of the circular economy in action, turning what was once considered a waste into a valuable resource for another industry.…
Natural Disaster Waste Management
When you think of natural disasters, your mind probably doesn’t jump straight to waste management. But natural disasters like hurricanes, tornadoes and wildfires can produce hundreds of tons of debris in an exceptionally short period of time, and disrupt the day- to-day waste removal process in affected communities.
2017’s hurricane season was one for the record books. Storms battered the Southeastern U.S., the Gulf Coast and the Caribbean, causing billions of dollars’ worth of damage. And with warming ocean temperatures due to climate change, many experts believe that hurricanes will more consistently be classed as ‘major’ in the years to come.…
It can happen to any business. A once reliable service provider gradually, or in some cases rapidly, starts to become unreliable. In the waste management world, it’s incredibly important to continually evaluate your service provider relationships because falling standards can affect your business operations in a number of ways, from unwanted invoice increases to less reliable pickups that could put you at risk for compliance violations and fines.
Learn to Read the Signs…
Increased Service Costs
Have you noticed a spike in your waste management bill? Have extra fees started to appear? Increased service costs can be a sign that your service provider is feeling the pressure of the competition in the industry and is trying to make up lost revenue.…
As businesses seek to control their operational expenditure, the costs of waste management can sometimes fly under the radar. The large national haulers take advantage of this lack of attention with a range of strategies to increase their profits.
In this White Paper, we discuss the main strategies these companies utilize, and provide you with the guidance to ensure that your company never unwittingly pays more than it should to manage its waste.
At the start of your contract, your waste management company provides you with a regular sized bin for your waste. They then set up a collection frequency and start collecting your waste.…