Posts by Carmine Esposito, National Waste Associates

The Global Trends That May Affect Your Waste Bills

The North American recycling market is subject to pressure from a wide range of sources; both domestic and international. 2020 is turning out to be another turbulent year for the sector, as the impacts of several geopolitical events are felt back at home.

In this article, our experts round up the four key trends that we predict could affect businesses’ recycling and waste bills – especially if you don’t have an experienced waste management firm fighting in your corner.

Global Recycling Markets Experience a Further Tightening

Since China banned the import of a wide range of recyclable materials in July 2017, the impact has ricocheted around the rest of the world.…

COVID-19 – Preparing for the Second Wave

In this article, we look at some of the lessons learned from the first wave of the pandemic and our experts provide their advice for what to do going forward to prepare your waste operations for a potential second wave.

But before we start, what exactly is a second wave?

A second wave is the true recurrence of the widespread community transmission of COVID-19. As states have reopened, there has been an inevitable increase in transmission, but that alone doesn’t make for a second wave. Only when that increase is sustained over 14 days is a state classified as having entered into a second wave.…

Diversion: How to Keep Waste Out of Landfills

Humans have a problem with waste. Most of the time, we don’t know what to do with it, and so we pile it up in landfills. Out of sight, out of mind is a nice principle, but it only goes so far. Whether we’re looking or not, waste in landfills is breaking down, emitting greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, seeping pollutants into soil and ground water, and disturbing ecosystems which are bulldozed in order to make room for more junk. If we follow this produce-consume-dispose pattern to its logical conclusion, the Earth will be covered in garbage. What can we do to avoid this?…

Leading Waste and Recycling Initiatives That Can Impact Your Bottom Line

While the fundamentals of waste management—collect, sort, recover, dispose—remain essentially the same today as they did one hundred years ago, the methodologies of each of these steps are always changing in response to new technology, economic trends, and social changes. Indeed, the industry might be changing more quickly now than ever before.

The world is striving for zero waste living; plastics are the focus of a recycling renaissance; cities are considering new ways of controlling the market, and AI is guiding our hand at the bin. For the prudent businessperson, each of these interconnected trends is an opportunity to maximize efficiency and profitability—if you know enough to get on the right side of history.…

Is Your Waste Provider Doing All They Can To Help You?

Now that business has settled into the “new normal” with COVID-19, if you’re like most companies your business has declined. Is your current waste and recycling management provider doing all they can to assist you? In this article, we have outlined some key questions you should ask of your provider to make sure you’re getting all the support that you need.

Are They Reducing Your Management Burden?

Waste volumes and schedules will almost certainly be affected across all of your locations during this time. This can be incredibly challenging to manage when there are many sites in your portfolio, adding an additional administrative burden when you have other more urgent matters to attend to.…