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How to Partner with a Waste Consultant to Save Money

By Maggie Caldwell | December 31, 2016

Commercial waste hauling is expensive, there’s no doubt about it. And because it’s a necessary cost of doing business, there’s a perception that the amount you pay each month is a fixed cost … but that’s not entirely the case. You can easily save a significant percentage off of your monthly bill while keeping your relationships with existing haulers intact by partnering with a waste consultant. Waste and Recycling is our business, so we have the inside track on what your fees should be and how to right-size your service to avoid paying to haul air. Save money while staying focused on your primary business. Waste consultants will oversee all of your byproduct needs helping you to become more sustainable along the way.

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Maximize the Revenue From Your Metals Recycling

By Maggie Caldwell | October 26, 2015

Industrial manufacturers and other companies that generate scrap metal in their processes generate significant revenue by selling that scrap back to their recyclers. But is it enough? Probably not. Time and time again, during our complementary audit of waste and recycling programs, we find ways you can increase the monies earned from their metals recycling programs. 

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What is Mixed Paper?

By Maggie Caldwell | July 10, 2015

“Mixed paper” is one of the major recycling grades. Most of what's collected and sent for processing comes from single-stream recycling collections; in general, mixed paper is NOT generated in commercial recycling. Because it's one of the least valuable recyclable commodities, it makes more sense for manufacturers, distributors, printers, wholesalers - for any enterprise with a recycling plan in place -  to sort paper grades where they are generated to prevent them from becoming mixed. 

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Presses and printers: 5 ways to make more money from your recycling

By Maggie Caldwell | June 5, 2015

Presses and printers: even though you have long-standing recycling programs in place - actually, BECAUSE you have long-standing programs in place - you stand to benefit financially from learning how to optimize. Here are 5 ways we've found for you to increase your recycling revenues:

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Trailer Loading: Make it Safe and Heavy

By Maggie Caldwell | May 1, 2015

There's a bit of an art to effectively loading recyclable commodities into your semis. Because the cost per trip is fixed, you want to maximize the weight in order to lower the transportation cost per ton. With a lower transportation cost per ton, you can negotiate a better price on those commodities from your hauler. A better price = more value, and more value = improving your bottom line.

So when loading bales, do everything you can to minimize air space. You absolutely want to avoid paying to haul air. We've found this is the best method of loading to stay under your weight limit while maximizing available space:

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How to Recycle Plastic Film and Shrink Wrap (LDPE)

By Maggie Caldwell | April 17, 2015

We've talked about why it's always cost-effective to divert plastic film, shrink wrap, and other LDPE away from your waste stream and into your recycling stream: every ounce of weight you save from the landfill is money in your pocket. Because the current market is strong and is expected to grow, so every bit of your shrink wrap is worth money. 

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Compact Your Commercial Waste and Save Money

By Maggie Caldwell | April 3, 2015

If your business generates at least the equivalent of three 8-yard dumpsters being picked up once a week, there's a good chance investing in a compactor would be a more cost-efficient way of handling your waste. Compactors have the advantage of generating heavier waste loads, reducing the frequency of pickups and saving money on your trash bills. 

Costs involved to your business for a compactor:

  • monthly rental fees: a 3-year lease on a new 42-yard compactor can run about $400/month
  • haul charge is defined by how far the truck has to go; typically you are looking at a minimum of about $170 per load
  • disposal charge: this varies by area and runs between $45 - $75 per load

For example, if you choose a 42-yard compactor with a compaction rate of 4:1, it will hold the equivalent of 168 yards of waste, or 21 8-yard dumpsters. Adding up the average costs listed above, a once-a-month pickup will cost about $650.00. Take a look at your commercial trash bill. If you're paying more than that for service, you should look more closely at switching from a dumpster to a compactor. Be sure to read our tips on managing your compactor hauling fees to save even more money.


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5 Ways to Revise Your Commercial Recycling and Waste Program and Save

By Maggie Caldwell | March 20, 2015

It's easy to throw money away with an ineffective or outdated waste and recycling program. The problem is: you don't know if your program is working without checking on it occasionally. This means making time to take a look in the dumpster and trash cans, carefully reading your trash bills, and looking at the locations where trash is generated. These periodic audits keep you from, for example, paying to haul air when half-full dumpsters and contractors are picked up or from spending money to landfill items that can be recycled. 

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Recycling Your "Cats and Dogs"

By Maggie Caldwell | March 13, 2015

"Cats and dogs" are what we call the odds and ends of recyclable waste we find that most manufacturers generate. Here's what happens: you've got the big stuff in your waste program covered, for example, baling your OCC, densifying your EPS foam, and compacting your LDPE. You've got a commercial single-stream collection system in place. Maybe you've even gotten rid of the trash cans. There are always a few stragglers, often up to 20% of your waste stream, that can still be addressed.  

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