Posts by Carmine Esposito, National Waste Associates
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.…
There are normally two factors that incentivize businesses to recycle more of their waste; reducing their environmental impact, and saving money on their waste bills. But with new challenging market conditions, this isn’t always the case anymore…
The Rise of Single Stream Recycling
Since its origination in the 1990s, single stream recycling has been a popular option for businesses that want to recycle, without having to install a wide variety of containers for each recyclable material. By collecting paper, cardboard, plastics and metals together in one bin, nationwide recycling stats jumped because it was so much easier for businesses and households to do.…
The major bookseller Barnes & Noble was struggling to get its numerous locations to divert sufficient waste from landfill, recycling only 30% of its total waste tonnage. NWA’s waste management experts worked closely with the client to identify the best recycling strategy for each store, tailoring each one to their specific waste streams, volumes, and locations.
Over seven years, NWA increased the client’s landfill diversion by 67%, providing Barnes & Noble with significant financial savings while also reducing their environmental impact.
Key Project Metrics:
- Waste diversion rates increased to 50%
- $160,000 saving over 3 years
- Saved an additional 50,000 metric tons of CO2 per year
- Equivalent of removing 11,000 cars from the road
Barnes & Noble is a Fortune 500 company with over 600 retail stores and distribution centers located across 50 states.…
Recycling and waste minimization may not always be at the top of the “to do” list for most companies. However, developing sustainable working practices should be a top priority for all businesses that have a goal of reducing their operating costs.
Sustainable practices are based on three core principles, known as the three Ps: Planet, People and Profit. These principles are entwined, which is why they make great business sense. If part of your sustainability plan is to help protect the environment by reducing your company’s consumption of natural resources (minimizing the amount of waste you produce and recycling as much of what’s left as possible), then this will protect your business’s bottom line and increase profits!…
The United States generates nearly 40 million tons of food waste every year, of which ten percent comes from grocery stores and supermarkets. This comes at a cost of nearly $10 billion to the US economy and is a major source of the greenhouse gas emissions that contribute towards climate change.
Many European nations have made moves to divert or prevent grocery store organic waste. In 2017, France became the first country in the world to ban supermarkets from throwing away or destroying unsold food. Instead, it forces them to donate surplus food to charities and food banks.
Meanwhile in the US, five states and several localities have passed waste bans or waste recycling laws for food waste.…