What Are Some Ways to Save Money on Commercial Waste Management?
Waste management may be the last thing on your mind as a thriving business. But when you consider the cost savings and efficiency improvements to having the right plan in place, you may find the priority shifts.
Here are some ways that commercial customers can save money on their waste management costs.
Implement a Recycling Program
Recycling is a simple and effective way to reduce waste and lower costs. By separating recyclable materials, such as paper, glass, and plastic, from the waste stream, commercial customers can reduce the amount of waste that needs to be disposed of, thereby lowering disposal costs.
Conduct a Waste Audit
A waste audit is a comprehensive examination of a business’s waste streams and processes. By conducting a waste audit, commercial customers can identify areas where they can improve their waste management processes and reduce costs.
For example, they may discover that they are paying to dispose of recyclable materials or that they are using more packaging than necessary. With this information, they can make changes to reduce waste, lower costs, and increase efficiency.
Reduce the Amount of Packaging Used
Packaging accounts for a significant portion of commercial waste, and reducing it can significantly lower costs. One way to do this is to evaluate the packaging used for products and consider alternatives that use less material. For example, switching from cardboard boxes to reusable containers can reduce the amount of waste generated and lower disposal costs.
Invest in Compacting Equipment
Compacting equipment can reduce the volume of waste, making it easier and more cost-effective to transport and dispose of. This equipment can include compactors, balers, and shredders, and can be particularly beneficial for businesses that generate a large volume of waste, such as retailers or manufacturers. By reducing the volume of waste, businesses can reduce the number of waste collections they need, lower transportation costs, and increase efficiency.
Start an Organic Program
Starting an organic program for your business involves assessing your needs to determine what types of organic waste you produce and how much of it, then determining your options, such as setting up a composting system on site or using a local organic waste collection service.
Once you’ve made a decision, it’s important to train your employees on how to properly separate and dispose of organic waste, which may involve providing training on what types of materials can be composted, how to maintain a compost system, and how to reduce contamination. By starting an organic program, your business can reduce its waste footprint, improve sustainability, and make a positive impact on the environment.
Choose the Right Service Provider
Choosing the right service provider can have a positive impact on waste management costs. Look for a provider that offers competitive pricing and has a track record of providing reliable and efficient service.
It’s also important to choose a provider that has the equipment and expertise necessary to handle the specific waste streams generated by a business. By choosing the right provider, commercial customers can ensure that their waste management costs are as low as possible.
Reducing waste management costs should be a priority for many commercial businesses. By implementing a recycling program, conducting a waste audit, reducing packaging, investing in compacting equipment, choosing the right service provider, and negotiating contracts and pricing, commercial customers can lower their waste management costs and increase efficiency.
At AC Waste, we are dedicated to helping our customers find the best solutions for their waste management needs and reducing the environmental impact of waste.