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Case Studies and Resources

Plastics - The Good, the Bad, the Ugly!

We’ve all see it, the little numbers on most plastic.  Have you ever wondered what those numbers mean?  I have, so I thought I would do some research on what they mean and how they affect the ability to recycle that item.  I will list my sources at the end of the article if you want to check out any of them for yourself.

Topics: recycling plastic plastic pollution plastic waste recycle zero waste going green recyclable reuse reduce environmental sustainability

Recycling Contamination in Commercial Cardboard Containers – What does it all mean?

The recycling industry has changed. Contamination, once allowed by haulers, has ruined the cardboard recycling industry and kept the price of OCC (old corrugated cardboard) under the price per ton levels needed to make it a profitable business. For the last 2 years haulers have tried in many ways to stop the bleeding of profits based on what they can recoup from selling their cardboard. The United States largest hauler is responsible for much of this issue. As the largest seller of cardboard to China there was so much contamination that the Chinese finally said “NO” and demanded much cleaner cardboard. That meant that they now had to process all their cardboard to clean out the contamination. There can be no plastic bags, bottles, Styrofoam, or waxed cardboard. With no one policing the dumpsters you would never see the issues that we, in the waste industry, see on a daily basis.

Topics: commercial garbage commercial trash charges waste agent save money on commercial trash teamwork recycle cost containment cost management Retail Waste Management landfill going green green recyclable reduce environmental waste disposal sustainability waste management recycling waste removal retailers commercial businesses Dumpster Garbage Removal trash trash hauling waste cleanup plastic pollution regulations

Packaging Bans – Do they work?

Over the past few months, we have heard a lot about bans on single use plastic and foam items; things like plastic bags, drinking straws, and take out containers.  We have spent some time looking into these bans and whether or not they will actually make an impact on plastic waste.  As of right now, only about 9% of all plastic that has ever been produced has been recycled. 

Topics: commercial garbage plastic pollution plastic waste recycling plastic waste cleanup recycle garbage Food packaging landfill going green recyclable reduce trash environmental state regulations waste disposal recycling waste removal recy zero waste food waste regulations regulations sustainability

Reducing your Waste Costs with Balers and Compactors

Businesses are always asking us how they can reduce their waste costs.  There are options that are not always apparent.  Our first step is to shop prices with haulers, from there we negotiate with the haulers and sometimes even leave the hauler for another.  In some cases cost avoidance includes getting the client to not overfill their dumpster, close the dumpster lids, and to not place non-recyclable material into recycling dumpsters.  Contamination is bad for you, bad for the haulers and bad for the commodity market.

Topics: save money on commercial trash commercial garbage garbage Retail Waste Management landfill reduce trash restaurant waste management commercial businesses waste disposal retailers waste management

NACS Show 2018

We are here in the beautiful Las Vegas for the National Association of Convenience Stores annual convention.  If you are there, drop by and visit with us at booth # 2674 on the 1st level of the North Hall.  We look forward to meeting everyone.

Topics: save money on commercial trash commercial garbage waste agent waste cleanup saveongarbage Food packaging NACS waste audit garbage trash hauling trash waste disposal waste management waste removal

2nd Annual "Blue" Friday

Reposted from United by Blue

Topics: recycle waste cleanup environmental

Overflow or Hauler Over-Charge?

Following up on a previous post, we have been putting together a series of pictures and the amounts charged by the haulers for their "overflow" charges.  If you have been following our blog you will see that we have covered overages and ways to avoid them several times.  We fully understand and accept that there will be overages from time to time, what we don't accept is haulers charging overage fees on something that doesn't qualify.  Padding the bill is not acceptable, which is why we audit every hauler bill we receive and require the hauler to provide proof.  Even then, we don't accept every charge as you will see in the below pictures.

Topics: overflow dumpster overflow commercial trash charges save money on commercial trash commercial garbage cost management

Music from the heart

Shared from http://www.barkvines.com

Topics: family teamwork

Commercial Trash Overflow

Over the past few months we have been seeing a lot of overage charges from the various haulers.  As a result we wanted to put together a short post addressing what haulers consider to be overages and ways to avoid extra charges. 

Topics: cost containment cost management garbage Garbage Removal reduce Retail Waste Management trash trash hauling waste agent waste management waste removal waste disposal

Recycling Cigarette Butts

We see them everywhere, cigarette butts littering the ground.  Most people don’t even think about what those filters are made out of, so here we go.  Most filters are made out of acetate cellulose, which is a plastic.  As we all know by now, plastic doesn’t biodegrade or break down for hundreds of years, and even the broken down plastic, just turns into microplastic.  So, up until recently, there has been no “cure” for cigarette butts.

Topics: recycling recycle zero waste plastic waste waste cleanup