Retail is an incredibly profit-driven industry – and while there are many methods to improve your success, one of the most reliable involves eliminating unnecessary costs. Waste is one such cost center that shouldn’t be ignored. As with all direct costs, any savings generated by reducing the volume of waste goes directly to your bottom line.
Most retail firms have waste and recycling programs that have been in place for some time, but significant cost saving opportunities still exist by first identifying where waste is occurring and then designing it out of the process entirely.
Some of the greatest benefits from this revised approach are:
- Reduced environmental impact and disposal fees
- Improved regulatory compliance
- Increased profits
- Stronger corporate image
With companies being measured more and more on their environmental performance as well as their financial capabilities, and with stricter requirements coming due to ESG, it’s more important than ever to make sure that your waste management operations are as sustainable as they can possibly be.…
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.…
As businesses seek to control their operational expenditure, the costs of waste management can sometimes fly under the radar. The large national haulers take advantage of this lack of attention with a range of strategies to increase their profits.
In this White Paper, we discuss the main strategies these companies utilize, and provide you with the guidance to ensure that your company never unwittingly pays more than it should to manage its waste.
At the start of your contract, your waste management company provides you with a regular sized bin for your waste. They then set up a collection frequency and start collecting your waste.…
More and more states across the United States aim to achieve zero waste status, new regulations and bans are being implemented to help them reach their goal.
Certainly one material that is under particular focus is foam, and many states are banning or regulating how foam products are used.
New York City placed a ban on single-use foam products, after fighting a lawsuit that attempted to prevent its implementation. This made it the largest city in the U.S. to ban foam. Similar bans also exist in more than 100 other U.S. jurisdictions including Washington, DC, Portland, Maine and San Francisco. Local governments in these areas believe it must be controlled because the material is too contaminated, is made from non-renewable and polluting petroleum by-products, and lacks a sustainable market to be recycled.…
Compliance and regulation are growing concerns for all businesses, as new legislation constantly comes into force at local, national and international levels. Waste is no exception to this rule, with many states and counties passing recycling legislation that requires businesses to change their operations, and to influence how employees and customers interact with materials on site. As your waste partner, NWA makes it our priority to ensure that your business is fully compliant with each and every new requirement.
The potential ramifications for non-compliance with recycling legislation can be significant. In a recent example, New York’s Department of Sanitation (DSNY) issued hundreds of violations to businesses for not complying with their new commercial recycling rules, following the conclusion of their consultation period in August 2016.…