Every business generates waste and recycling opportunities, from manufacturing to warehouse and distribution to retail property management, and beyond. And you pay to have that waste and recycling is hauled away. Simple, right? Not really! Waste management companies know that it's common to find waste stream problems and inefficiencies that cost you money. Here are some tricks we've found so that you can find out if you may be throwing money out with your trash:
- Problem: Not examining your trash hauling bill each month
Solution: Read every bill carefully and make sure you understand where all the charges come from.
- Problem: Too many recyclables are going into your dumpsters. Diversion is key when it comes to lowering trash hauling fees and efficiently managing your waste and recycling streams. The less waste you generate, the lower your bills become.
Solution: Start with finding out what's actually in your trash. Really take a good look in your dumpsters; put your hand in it. You'll discover, as we do during waste audits, that 90% of the "trash" can actually be recycled. What do you see - broken pallets? Shrink wrap? EPS foam? Random plastic or metal odds and ends? There's a way to recycle it all. There are numerous benefits of boosting your commercial single-stream recycling, and saving money is a big one.
- Problem: Lack of opportunity to separate recyclables from waste.
Solution: Start by examining the generation of waste in your facility. Where it it being generated? Who is generating it? Now look at the flow of waste to dumpters. Who is transporting it? How is it being disposed of? What is it being disposed into? Can you get rid of your trash cans and replace them with recycling stations?
- Problem: Lack of training. Employees are not often trained in the most appropriate ways of dealing with trash and recyclables.
Solution: Get your employees involved. Set an training protocol as well as a methodology for following up. Train your cleaning crew to get the sorted waste to the right dumpster. Keep employees involved by posting your results to show what they've done. Everyone will remain engaged by seeing the results of their efforts.
- Problem: Not managing your waste hauler
Solution: Ask questions to determine if you have the proper equipment for the amount of waste and recyclable you are generating. Are you right-sized? Are you being serviced too often?
- Problem: Are you indemnified? If a landfill your hauler uses becomes polluted and there's one piece of paper with your company's name on it, you could be paying for part of the clean-up unless you're property indemnified.
Solution: Ask your hauler. Communicating regularly with your solid waste and recycling partner is a best way to reduce your bills and become a corporate steward along the way.