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.

Waste Management Protocol for Your Business During Disaster Recovery

Natural Disaster Waste Management

When you think of “natural disasters” you don’t immediately think of “waste management”. But natural disasters like hurricanes, tornadoes and wildfires can produce hundreds of tons of debris in a short period of time, disrupting the day-to-day waste removal process in affected communities. After a natural disaster hits, the first priority is restoring public health and safety as well as keeping communication open to the public. Businesses and franchise owners have a big responsibility to contribute to the economic recovery post-natural disaster — the faster they can get their businesses up and running again, the better equipped the community is to recover as quickly as possible.…

Food Waste… Don’t waste what is not waste at all.

Food WasteWhen businesses start to think about recycling and zero waste efforts they tend to start reducing obvious materials such as paper,plastic, cardboard and aluminum before focusing on food waste. This can be due to these recyclable products being easily monetized to generate profit for the business. However, by recycling food waste and other organic waste, disposal costs will in turn be reduced and continue to lower costs for the business. Recycling food waste is actually cheaper than sending the waste to landfills. If your business is already recycling paper, bottles and cans adding food scraps collection is a natural next step.…

Balers or Compactors: How to Choose the Right Waste Equipment for Your Business

NWA_BalersvCompactersDeciding between different waste management systems is no small task. If you and your company have arrived at the decision to improve your company’s waste removal efficiency, you may have found yourself in one of the following situations:

  • Tasked with finding a more efficient recycling equipment option
  • The volume of your company’s waste has grown significantly
  • Your company is producing a new type of waste material
  • Your company has consolidated locations, and as a result, has new recycling and/or disposal needs

Whatever the case, you’re now faced with the question: Is a baler or compactor the right equipment to optimize waste consolidation?…

Supermarket Organic Waste Recycling: 4 World-Class Examples

The United States throws out 133 billion pounds of food a year. Ten percent of that comes from grocery stores. The problem exists because grocery stores overstock, worried about under serving their customers by running out of food. After all, there’s no perfect formula for success. Store managers cannot precisely predict the amount of food they need to purchase from a distributor every time they place an order.

Unfortunately, the result of an overstocked grocery store is a large amount of organic waste—13.3 billion pounds, to be exact. European nations are making moves to divert or prevent organic waste at grocery stores.…