There’s a Good Chance You’re Wasting Money on Waste Removal

How often do organizational leaders think about what they're spending on waste removal efforts like garbage and recycling handling? For most, it's not very often. As long as trash bags aren't piling up outside of dumpsters and garbage isn't overflowing in workspaces, everyday waste pickup is something that many take for granted. After all, trash pickup doesn’t cost very much, right? And if trash isn’t piling up, we must have the right number of dumpsters and the correct pickup frequency, right?

The answers to these questions might surprise you!

Partially empty dumpsters up may as well be filled with cash

When organizations like schools and businesses first set up waste pickup services, the hauler will usually suggest how many dumpsters they should have and how often the dumpsters should be picked up based on the type of organization, the number of people occupying the space, and so forth. However, the hauler’s incentives are often different than yours. In order to ensure customers don’t have trash accumulating between pickups, haulers are often incented to overestimate the organization’s needs while giving an option to tweak dumpster numbers and pickup frequency later. Many leaders—whether a business owner or a school administrator—end up setting and forgetting the hauler’s original suggestions, leaving precious dollars on the table in the process. Put differently, partially empty dumpsters being picked up may as well be filled with cash!

See also -- Democrat & Chronicle: "The business of trash: What goes into your bill?"

When it comes to helping organizations with waste removal, Benecras can help in more ways than one.

  • Waste-Removal Optimization: We can lead your organization through a waste-hauling optimization study to help you zero-in on just how often you should be having your waste picked up and how many dumpsters should be used at your organization. We can then work with haulers to reduce pickups or price shop with competitors to see who can do it cheapest.
  • Waste Diversion Program: Interested in getting a recycling or composting program started at your campus or business? We can help! We can perform audits of existing programs, implement new processes, and explain changes to staff or students to help you achieve buy-in from stakeholders. Need help with compliance? We are currently assisting Matt’s El Rancho, an Austin-based restaurant, comply with Austin’s Zero Waste Ordinance.

Whether on a standalone basis or in a comprehensive Benecras Enterprise Program, we can help you take advantage of opportunities present in your organization’s current waste-removal process. And by pairing one of the above with another Benecras program, you can begin seeing compounded benefits of sustainability. Pair a print-reduction program with a waste-removal optimization study as an example. Reducing printing lower paper, ink, and printer costs, which saves money. With less paper to throw away or recycle, less money needs to be spent on waste pickups. This is just one example of sustainability’s virtuous money-, resource-, and environment-saving cycles.

See also -- McKinsey: "The business of sustainability"

See also -- Benecras: "Sustainability Programs: What They Are & Why You Need One"

We can help you take advantage of opportunities present in your organization’s current waste-removal process

Interested in learning more? Contact us today. We’re here to help you on projects large or small. And with personnel at the ready, we can get started right away.