Did you know your company can save money on waste hauling charges? DIVERSION is the key. Companies large and small in any business sector - whether manufacturing or distribution, wholesale or retail, eduction or tourism and more - CAN PROFIT by moving every ounce of weight away from the trash cans and into single-stream recycling bins. You may find you don't even need trash cans anymore.
How do you save?
- Because there are two charges when getting rid of solid waste: the hauling charge and a tipping fee at the landfill. Tip fees vary depending on the part of the country, but nationwide they average about $45/ton.
- But there's only one charge in disposing of single stream recycling: the hauling charge. The reduced tipping fee equals lower overhead.
What should you divert to your single-stream bin? Basically, everything paper, plastic, and metal. Even LDPE (plastic film and shrink wrap) and EPS (foam packing and insulation) can be recycled. (Check with your recycling partner for their guidelines.)
Start increasing your waste diversion by:
- Taking a look in your trash and making a list of what you see.
- Then figure out where the recyclable waste is being generated.
- Calculate the weight of your recyclable commodities to estimate your cost-savings.
- Put recycle bins instead of trash cans everywhere except the kitchen and bathroom.
- Don't forget about your pallets; they have a cash value and are always worth diverting from your waste stream.
- If you generate a substantial amount of food waste, you'll save even more by composting.
Once you've made the committment to increase your revenue by decreasing your waste, what do you do? Click here to read about how to handle your commercial single-stream recycling.