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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Storing Your Recyclables: Gaylords vs Plastic Bins

By Maggie Caldwell | March 6, 2015

You need a simple, reliable solution for recyclable storage, whether your materials are graded or single-stream, compacted or baled. Gaylord boxes and plastic bins are the most common solutions for recyclable storage; so how do you know which one is right for you?  Each has advantages and disadvantages; ultimately it comes down to available space. 

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Slash Your Commercial Trash Bill in a Franchise Market

By Maggie Caldwell | February 20, 2015

Smart waste management always saves you money, even if you are locked into a franchise waste market ... even though your solid waste hauling fees are non-negotiable. Just because prices are fixed, DON'T make the mistake of thinking your waste hauling bills have to be fixed as well. Trash service is NOT a fixed utility. There's always money to be saved when you manage your service by right-sizing your waste. Sometimes we find the cost savings to be pretty phenomenal; the monthly trash bill for one of our partners in a franchise area went from $18K to just $4K! 

Fewer Hauls, Bigger Bins = 24K Annual Revenue Impact

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Calculate Your Cost Savings with a Streamlined Recycling Program

By Maggie Caldwell | January 29, 2015

One sure-fire way to decrease your monthly overhead is to streamline your waste and recycle stream. This is an often-overlooked avenue to increased profitability in many companies for one of a variety of reasons, usually because:

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Handling Your Commerical Single Stream Recycling

By Maggie Caldwell | January 23, 2015

Diverting as much waste away from the trash and into your single-stream recycling will definitely save you money; click here to read more about the benefits. Once you make a committment to increase your revenue by decreasing your waste, what do you do? 

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How To Calculate the Weight of Your Recyclable Commodities

By Maggie Caldwell | January 16, 2015

Is there any value in the waste your business generates? Chances are good the answer is a definite YES. In previous blog posts, we've discussed why diverting as much weight away from your solid waste stream and into your single-stream recycling saves money on trash hauling bills. Simply put, commercial single-stream is cheaper to dispose of than solid waste because there are no tipping fees. For every ton of waste you move from the trash to the recycling stream, you save an average of $45. Take a look at your company's waste bill. How many tons do you pay to have hauled each month? You could be literally throwing money away. 

Your waste partner makes money by sorting your recyclable commodities into grades and selling them to manufacturers. But if you generate enough of any recyclable commoditity, it's cost-effective to invest in the equipment to grade and weigh them yourself. The rebate you negotiate from your waste partner is added revenue for your company. You may be surprised what you can recycle: even foam packing and shrink wrap have value in today's market. 

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