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Waste and Recycling – What’s Behind the Hidden Fees?

Waste Not, Want Not
Are you aware of all the fees that make up your waste disposal bill? Many businesses are not, and as a result, pay inaccurate or unwarranted fees. As sustainability and recycling goals become more critical to business operations, waste disposal fees continue to rise. This rise in fees includes the soft cost of added separation that accompanies recycling materials, along with additional landfill fees municipalities are imposing to encourage recycling. Some of these fees are unavoidable, but some can be eliminated from your waste bill by performing a waste audit.

While waste services are necessary, most fees are not.

Are you ready for a carbon tax?

Ready or not, it’s coming! Do you know what your carbon production is today?  A carbon tax is imposed on releases of carbon dioxide (Co2), which is emitted largely through the combustion of fossil fuels used in electricity production.  According to the Center for Energy and Climate Economics, industrial manufacturing, commercial industries, transportation and heating are the focus of a potential tax.

Already a reality in California, pricing carbon is seen by many climate change advocates as the only way to effectively limit the increase in global temperatures. The idea is simple, put a price on pollution and companies will be motivated to do more.…

The Secret Behind Waste Industry Fees

The secret’s out: Trash services are a necessity, but paying fees are not. Look closely at your most recent waste bill and you might recognize the following fees.

• Regulatory cost recovery fee
• Administrative fee
• Environmental fee
• Variable Fuel fee
• Host fee

Auditing of waste invoices reveal 4 out of 5 contain unnecessary fees, overcharges or other billing errors. With multiple invoices, the charges can add up to a significant amount. Unless the fees and errors are challenged, your business could be bilked thousands each year depending on the number of locations being serviced.

Large waste companies such as Waste Management attempt to explain the fees on their website:

“… fuel prices and environmental compliance-related costs are something we cannot fully control.

Single Stream Recycling

Is it good for business?

Single stream recycling is helping businesses recycle more efficiently and reduce waste costs.  What is it and how does it work?  Is single stream right for your business? What began in California in the 1990’s as a cost-saving experiment for the waste industry has now grown to include more than 240 single stream recycling systems across the country.  With single stream, a variety of recyclables all go into a single container.

Single stream recycling is not a solution for every business.  Your sustainability goals, waste content and operational constraints must be analyzed before changes are made.…

Disaster Debris Management

Prepare your business for severe weather events and natural disasters.

Hurricane Ike - Texas Clean up Every day a business is closed could mean thousands in lost revenue. How prepared is your business to manage delays in supplies and services following a major weather event or disaster? What’s your plan to recover? Does your plan match up with your vendor partners’ plan? Having a disaster recovery plan will help to minimize the physical and collateral damage to your business caused by these types of events.

Delays in garbage collection can be a hindrance in getting your business back on its feet. With national haulers, it may be 3-6 weeks before normal garbage and recycling collection resumes following a severe weather event such as an earthquake, tornado, hurricane or snow storm.…