Waste – it’s a nasty business! At home or on the job, the creation of waste is a part of our daily lives. Both residential and Industrial settings create waste streams as a byproduct of their daily functions. These streams can be both costly and time consuming to manage. In short, it's a stinky business, but it's a process that needs to be monitored and audited frequently. Just like any other service or utility, thereare always opportunities for savings.
But we find that ongoing commercial waste managemente in often overlooked, either because:
- Clients don't understand they have an issue in the first place, or
- They know there are issues but don't have the time or expertise to deal with it.
Waste stream management has become an industry in and of itself, and business is booming. There are two places to turn when looking for someone to help you manage this part of your business. Choose wisely, because potential solutions NOT handled effectively will cost your company even more time and money.
- The waste haulers themselves: They are in the business of servicing you as frequently as possible in correlation to their business model. This creates an inherent conflict of interest for those businesses looking to save money and create efficiencies in their waste streams.
- Waste consultants: On the opposite end of the spectrum are 3rd party consultants, called waste consultants and sometimes waste brokers. These are businesses adept at identifying and analyzing opportunities to create efficiencies within your waste stream, managing the process, and saving you time and money.
The main focus for a commercial waste consultant is to take meaningful opportunities and turn them into actual, measurable cost savings on a monthly basis. These full service consultants will also aim to take the management of this process entirely off your plate. If you have not yet directly addressed the issue of cost mitigation and efficiency within your waste stream, you will almost certainly see benefit from utilizing a waste consultant.
The waste haulers of the day may market themselves as recycling companies and will do their best to convince you that sustainability, recycling and cost mitigation are their main objectives with their customers, but make no mistake about it, all those things are in direct conflict with their business models. They want to haul as much material as they can, as often as they can to their landfills.
To help cement the case for choosing a consultant over a waste hauler to manage your waste stream, I will leave you with a quote:
“We cannot solve our problems with the same level of thinking that created them.” -Albert Einstein