Over a three and a half-year period, National Waste Associates (NWA) saved a contract logistics firm $1.4M in waste expenditure by creating an integrated waste management solution focused on load optimization and cost avoidance.
When NWA took on the waste management contract for an international logistics firm, the business needed expert help to take control of their waste operations across 58 of their North American locations. Specifically, the business needed NWA to work in three core areas:
- Conduct a thorough analysis of all hauler invoicing to prevent uncontrolled price increases
- Optimize container tonnages to reduce operational costs
- Increase recycling rates and divert more material from landfill
Facilities within the Utilities sector generate a diverse range of recyclable and non-recyclable wastes. A comprehensive management strategy is therefore required to optimize the treatment of these materials, in order to reduce operating costs, ensure regulatory compliance, and meet organizational sustainability targets.
This article considers the four main areas that these wastes fall into, and how your waste management provider should be optimizing each of them for you.
Produced from within administrative offices and plant facilities, this encompasses all non-hazardous or special materials that cannot be recycled or reused. An experienced waste management provider will identify opportunities to save costs and improve efficiency by:
- Right sizing waste containers to the precise requirements of each site’s operations.
Automotive maintenance and repair centers have the potential to improve profitability significantly with effective waste minimization strategies. In this article, we provide simple guidance that can help business owners to drive savings across their waste and procurement bills.
These suggestions can be easily incorporated into a general waste minimization plan, which can benefit your business beyond just cost savings and includes an improved image with customers, compliance with regulations, reduced liabilities and lower environmental impacts.
- Implement controls for releasing supplies, such as returning empty containers before issuing new supplies.
- Designate a specific staff member to be responsible for monitoring and coordinating waste management.
When businesses think about recycling and zero waste, food waste is not one of the first things that comes to mind versus the obvious materials such as paper, plastic, cardboard and aluminum, before considering food waste.
If your business is already recycling paper, bottles and cans, adding food scraps collections is the natural next step as recycling food and other organic waste is 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).
Think about it from this perspective.…
Waste Management After a Natural Disaster
Your mind probably doesn’t jump straight to waste management when you think of natural disasters. But natural disasters like hurricanes, tornadoes and wildfires can produce hundreds of tons of debris in a relatively short period of time, and significantly disrupts the day-to-day waste removal process in affected communities.
The 2020 hurricane season was one for the record books with an extraordinary 30 named storms – the highest on record – and 6 major hurricanes which is tied for second highest on record. Storms battered the Southeastern U.S., the Gulf Coast and the Caribbean, causing billions of dollars’ worth of damage.…