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

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

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

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

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

2nd Annual "Blue" Friday

Reposted from United by Blue

Topics: environmental recycle waste cleanup

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

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

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 zero waste recycle waste cleanup plastic waste