You shouldn't pay to haul air. It sounds obvious, but do you know if you're consistently maximizing the weight of your trash and recycling containers? You're paying for every pickup your hauler makes, whether your containers are full or empty so it's good waste management practice as well as solid business sense to guarantee that every inch of space in your dumpsters, compactors, and trailers is filled to capacity. And when it comes to your OCC, plastic, metal, and other recyclables, when you maximize your weight per pick-up, your recycler’s hauling cost goes down. And the lower the hauling cost, the more you get paid.
Here are some waste management cost-saving tricks to maximize the weight on all your trash and recycling pick-ups:
Dumpsters: You pay for every pickup whether your dumpsters are full or not, and one simple way to reduce solid waste hauling costs is to restrict pickups to full dumpsters only. You may not need that daily service if your dumpsters are only half full at pick-up. A waste and recycling audit will help you determine the level of trash service you really need. To do-it-yourself, take a quick peek inside your dumpsters every day for a week and measure that against your service level. Or for a more streamlined solution, ask your waste and recycling partner about getting sensors that let you know when your dumpsters are ready for pick-up.
Compactors: Fill your compactors to their maximum weights before pickup, and don’t rely only on the light to know when capacity is reached; "full" lights can be triggered by a jam or by a dirty compacting arm. Double-check the gauge that measures the hydraulic pressure. When it reaches 1750, it’s time to call for a pickup. Click here for more tricks on managing your compactor hauling fees.
Bales: There are a few tricks to achieving maximum bale density of OCC and cardboard with a vertical baler. First, don’t break you’re your boxes before you put them in the baler. Then take your time; keep loading until the baler shuts off and don’t eject right away; leave the head pressing on the bale for several minutes. Check to make sure there's no debris stuck in the head grooves between bales. Check with your recycling partner or the equipment manufacturer if you aren't sure you're getting maximum density.
Trailers: Double stack your bales, gaylords, and pallets to make your trailers as heavy as permissible. There is a bit of an art to doing this well; click here for our blog post about loading and other tricks on making your trailer safe and heavy.
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