It's easy to throw money away with an ineffective or outdated waste and recycling program.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.
Ideally, you are keeping an eye on your monthly bills and your recycling or hauling partner checks in with you every year or two to look for ways to revise and update your program. If that's not happening, you may be spending unnecessary money on waste and recycle. Here are 5 ways to start saving:
- Increase the volume of your single-stream recycling. Start taking a look in your trash cans and making a list of what you see: Printer cartridges? Batteries? HDPE buckets? Styrofoam? It can all be recycled.
- Better yet, get rid of your trash cans.
- Don't throw away your pallets.
- Manage your compactor hauling fees.
- Right-size your trash service. You can do this yourself or partner with a waste broker who will renegotiatie contracts on your behalf. Even in a franchise market, there are ways to reduce your trash hauling costs.
It always pays to pay attention to the bottom line! Read about how one of our partners saved a significant amount of money solely by renegotiating their waste contracts:
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