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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.

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

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

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

Waterway/Park Cleanup with Us

The crew at Waste Cost Solutions would like to meet up with our followers and friends to clean up a park or waterway area.  Who all would like to join us?  Depending on the number of people, we would be willing to supply trash bags, gloves, beverages, and maybe even some t-shirts!  

Topics: waste cleanup

Combating Plastic in the Ocean

It was a beautiful weekend, so I decided to take my dogs for a nice walk along the intracoastal.  I have always loved the ocean, it is my place to relax and just be in the moment, and it makes me feel connected to everything.  Imagine my sadness when I saw this:

Topics: waste management plastic pollution waste cleanup recycling plastic plastic waste

40 year old plastic container looks almost new

This image has been making the rounds on social media the past few days, so I decided to do some research to find out just how valid it is.  I was actually surprised to find out that it is legit.  

Topics: waste disposal food waste waste cleanup recycling plastic

Instead of Black Friday Go Blue


Topics: sustainability retailers trash reduce News zero waste waste cleanup