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Michael Mintz

Recent Posts by Michael Mintz:

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

Small Steps to Food Waste Reduction

We are all aware of the need to be more ecologically friendly, both in our businesses and our homes.  We recycle our paper, our plastic, our glass bottles; but what about our kitchen waste?  Have you implemented a recycling program in your home or office for food waste?  It’s not as hard as you might think.  The easiest way is to start small.  We all have someone in our lives who is involved in gardening.  Here is an easy way to help them make their gardens grow, and eliminate more waste from entering the landfills.

Topics: waste management waste disposal wet waste food waste food waste reduction organic waste zero waste

13 Items You Can’t Put in Rolloff Dumpsters

If you thought you could put anything—and everything—into a dumpster, think again.

Most cities and towns have strict regulations about what you can put into a dumpster and how it must be disposed of, and there are a few things that you cannot place in a dumpster at all.

Topics: Rolloff Dumpsters Dumpsters

Permits - Why Your Waste Management Provider Needs Them

In many cities, municipalities require that waste removal companies maintain a current permit. They usually do this to ensure that the companies offering waste management services have a well-maintained fleet of trucks, bins and rolloff dumpsters, and that they conduct their services in a professional and safe manner, including the ultimate disposal of the waste in question.

Topics: waste management Dumpsters

Waste Cost Solutions at WASTECON 2015

The Waste Cost Solutions' team is continually increasing its knowledge of industry best practices and technologies in order to present new and innovative solutions to clients.

Topics: News

Composting: A Responsible Choice for Recycling Food Waste

Restaurants across the country are becoming increasingly environmentally conscious in their recycling efforts. Recycling waste materials helps ease the burden on overcrowded landfills, decreases pollution in the land, water and air, and contributes to the use sustainable resources.

Composting is a natural way to recycle organic material into a rich soil amendment that can be used as fertilizer and can also help soil retain water. This valuable recycling practice is gaining popularity not only among residential households, but also within the food service industry.

According the Green Restaurant Association (GRA), a national non-profit organization that educates restaurants, manufacturers, distributors, and consumers about becoming more environmentally responsible, the average restaurant produces 100,000 pounds of garbage per year and food waste comprises about half of a restaurant's waste stream. Additionally, the GRA reports that nearly 95 percent of this waste could be recycled or composted.

"Composting is a great way for restaurants and other food service operations to demonstrate their environmental commitment to their communities," states Michael Mintz, CEO of Waste Cost Solutions. "Organic wastes such as leftover food and paper products can be turned into rich compost that could be used as fertilizer for community gardens and other sustainability projects, rather than disposing of it in local landfills, along with the rest of the trash."

Mintz adds that a reputable waste management company can help restaurants and other food service businesses achieve their green and sustainability goals by tailoring a plan for waste removal that includes composted materials. They can help by:

Topics: recycling Composting restaurants restaurant waste management

Rental Contracts for Commercial Dumpsters — What You Need to Know

Like most rental services,contracting for a commercial garbage dumpster to be placed and serviced on your premises involves certain decisions that need to be made in advance. Considerations include:
•  types of waste materials your office building, retail center or restaurant generates
•  whether or not you have recyclable items
•  the ability to sort certain recyclables

Answering these questions will help you decide the size of container needed and frequency of pick-up. Once you make those decisions, then it's time to look at the terms of the dumpster contract.  A commercial dumpster rental service agreement specifies the terms and conditions of your contract. As a prospective customer, you should look for clear language and instructions regarding:
•  pricing
•  payment
•  usage
•  location of and access to the dumpster
•  length of contract
•  delivery and pick-up dates

A well-executed contract will spell out in detail the requirements regarding use of the dumpster (acceptable vs. non-acceptable or hazardous materials, overfilling, damage to the container), payment terms including late fees or other penalties, and guarantee of payment. Many contracts in the industry do not limit the price from increasing. When reviewing a garbage service agreement, look carefully at statements regarding price increases.  They should not be arbitrary.  

Topics: waste removal recycling retailers Dumpster Service Garbage Removal hazardous materials contracts Dumpsters

Recycling for Commercial Properties

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Topics: recycling retailers restaurants