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Case Studies and Resources

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.

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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

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

What is your businesses recycling initiative?

Seeing as our entire business is based off of trash and what to do with it, we love sustainability conscious companies.  We are proud of the fact that very little of our waste goes into a landfill; all of our paper, plastic, glass, etc. is recycled.  So we wanted to share a few of the steps we used to help make our offices as green as possible.(Image from http://www.lcri.net/)

Topics: recycling green recycle reduce trash garbage going green sustainability

Question and Answers with Michael

We are going to start a new weekly series on YouTube where the owner, Michael Mintz, answers your questions on all things garbage.  Want more ideas on recycling?  Want to know what to do with food waste?  Sustainability?  Now is your chance to get those answers and more.  Please post your questions on our blog between now and Friday, and next week we will post our first video on both YouTube and here on our blog.

Topics: News trash garbage recycle recycling food waste Composting regulations environmental food waste reduction

Up-cycle Your Boxes for the Holidays

Sitting on a bunch of cardboard boxes?  Here is a cute idea for the holidays.  Turn them into Christmas trees and decorate your office or home.

Topics: reuse recycle upcycle trash recycling

Instead of Black Friday Go Blue


Topics: trash zero waste waste cleanup News reduce retailers sustainability

ATTENTION: Hotels & Restaurants

Are You Paying WAY Too Much Per Month for Trash And Recycling?

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