Posts by Carmine Esposito, National Waste Associates

4 Waste Management Trends Defining the Waste Industry!

1. Cities Continue Implementation of Zero Waste Programs and Legislation

‘Zero Waste’ is a waste management strategy where all waste is diverted from landfills and incinerators. More and more cities and states across the U.S. are implementing new recycling programs, banning the use of specific products and making a push for increased waste to energy. Cities as well as businesses have made significant efforts to become Zero Waste in order to reduce their impact on the environment.

Globally, 23 cities and regions have signed up to the C40 cities declaration to advance towards zero waste. In the U.S., this includes New York City, Philadelphia, Portland, San Francisco, San Jose, Santa Monica and Washington D.C.…

10 Waste Management Myths That Cost You Time and Money

Commercial waste management often bears a reputation for being costly, time consuming and complex to manage across multiple locations. While this can be true if you work with some companies, or try to handle the job yourself, not all waste management providers are the same. However, most facilities managers and purchasing directors don’t possess the in-depth waste industry experience to realize when they’re getting a raw deal, or to know which industry-specific questions to ask in order to choose the best vendor.

To help you sort through what’s real and what’s rubbish, we’re dispelling ten widespread waste management myths. Check out our tips to secure a fair deal on high-quality service from a reliable commercial waste services provider.…

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.

THE CHALLENGE

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.…