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It's easy to throw money away with an ineffective or outdated waste and recycling program.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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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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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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Partner with a Waste Consultant to Save Money

By Maggie Caldwell | January 9, 2015

Waste haulers and recycling companies can be impacting your business – and you may not even be aware of it. Price increases, incorrect bills, missed pick ups, and service charges from your hauler are commonplace in the industry, but finding those mistakes and fighting for corrections is time-consuming and painful. They rely on the fact most companies don't pay attention, and that costs you money.

There are also built-in ineffeciencies in the hauling industry that are never brought to your attention; for instance, did you know it costs more money to make multiple pick-ups each week with smaller dumpsters than fewer pickups with larger containers?

It takes time and effort to manage trash, and so many companies have learned the way to save is by by partnering with a waste broker or consultant. They manage your trash for you, working on your behalf to streamline your processes and increase your single-stream recycling rate.

Renegotiating Waste Contracts Saved  1 Million Dollars Over 4 years

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Missed Recycling Opportunities That Cost You Money

By Maggie Caldwell | September 26, 2014

Commercial single stream recycling is cheaper for your company than waste hauling, but even if you already have a program in place, chances are you can recycle even more to save. Here's how:

Start off by taking a look inside your dumpster . . . what do you see? Paper? Plastic? Batteries? Printer cartridges? Empty soda cans? Make a list.

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Save Money by Right Sizing Your Trash

By Maggie Caldwell | September 5, 2014

Would you sign up to have air hauled away from your business? That's essentially what happens every time your hauler takes away a dumpster or compactor that's only partially full. Save money by "right sizing" your service. Right sizing is about getting the greatest value from your waste hauling service by maximizing your container size and minimizing the number of pickups. 

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Save Money By Managing Your Compactor Hauling Fees

By Maggie Caldwell | August 14, 2014

Compactors are easy to use and - at a minimum of a 4:1 compaction rate - reduce trash volume and take up significantly less space than the equivalent number of steel dumpsters. Less frequent trash pickups more than pays for the higher equipment cost, even in a franchise market, but can do even more to save money with these easy-to-implement steps

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11 Overlooked Opportunities for Office Recycling

By Maggie Caldwell | May 2, 2014

So you're already recycling all of your office paper, boxes, plastic bottles, and shrink wrap, and now you want to make the next step in reducing your solid waste stream. Start by really taking a look around the office. Are you really recycling everything you think you are? How? Are there recycling bins at each desk? What are they designed to collect? What do you see in your waste bin?

Next think about items in the waste bin you don't put in the recycling bin. Take a look in the cabinets and drawers at all the things that need to be thrown out some day. Everything you see - from that box of paper clips to outdated laptops - can be reused or recycled in some way. You may have to get creative, but that's what the path to zero waste is all about: finding creative solutions to divert ALL materials from our landfills and incinerators. 

Take a look at these 11 common items that are often overlooked as office recycling opportunities. Do you already recycle them? Tweet us @federalrecycles to tell us about your overlooked recyclables.

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What is Zero Waste?

By Maggie Caldwell | April 14, 2014

“Zero waste” sounds like a self-explaining concept, a somewhat utopian-sounding garbage-free goal. But in reality, zero waste is a philosophy. It’s a top-down approach to eliminating as much refuse as possible through design. Taking landfills and incinerators out of the picture and re-inventing processes and products that mimic nature’s ecosystems – systems that are naturally closed-loop and waste-free.


Does Zero Waste Allow for Trash?

Yes – it may come as a surprise, but some amount of waste is expected even in a “zero waste” environment. Municipalities, corporations, and households alike setting out to move toward a zero waste environment analyze their waste streams and set a landfill diversion, or zero waste, target. How much varies. For example, in 2011 Seattle set a zero waste goal of 70% by 2025. General Motors achieved a 97% landfill diversion rate in daily operation activities at 83 of its manufacturing facilities. (They do not factor construction or remediation waste into this data.) Many companies follow guidelines set by the Zero Waste International Association; they certify companies that have achieved a minimum landfill diversion rate of 90% as as zero waste businesses.

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