Smarter Waste Management

It’s great if your company can reach Zero Waste to Landfill, but we realize not every business is at that point. For companies such as these, we think it’s important you know there are still ways you can optimize your waste management solutions and reduce your operational costs. Here are three steps you should consider when managing your company’s waste to landfill:

1. Finding Reliable Waste Partners

We suggest doing comparative shopping when it comes to selecting your waste vendors.  You want service providers that are honest, responsive, and who don’t charge hidden fees. When selecting your waste partners, you should compare quotes from multiple haulers, with detailed estimates for all service fees and possible charges. We also recommend asking each potential vendor for at least 2 references. These should be current customers who can vouch for the quality of service they have received.

At Northstar Recycling, we provide our clients service through a network of prequalified collection, disposal, and waste diversion partners, all of which must agree to our payment, terms, and service conditions. We also take into consideration our reporting requirements and whether or not the vendor can supply an insurance certificate to mitigate our clients’ responsibilities.

Whether you choose to manage your waste vendors internally or you use a third party management company, these are all things you should consider before selecting your waste partners.

2. Vendor Management

Choosing your vendor is only the first step to managing your waste. Do not assume your waste hauler is acting in your best interest at all times. You would be wise to have someone checking your waste bills to make sure there are no unexpected fees or incorrect billing statements. This is especially true in instances where your vendor makes money based off landfill visits.

At Northstar Recycling, we operate as a liaison between our clients and vendors. It is our responsibility to secure the best rate for our clients while ensuring the highest quality of service, whether operating in a franchise market or an open market. Because of this business model, our clients do not need to devote internal resources to continually managing their waste and recycling vendor relations.

3. Making Sure Containers Are Full When Serviced

We’ve noticed over the years that many companies’ waste containers are over serviced. For instance, many waste containers are scheduled to be serviced on a regular basis, regardless of whether or not the containers are full. This means facilities pay hauling fees for partially empty containers. Add this up over time, across multiple facilities, and a large company could waste thousands of dollars every quarter on unnecessary hauling.

At Northstar Recycling, we analyze all our clients’ waste production trends to determine proper servicing requirements. One method we use to determine this is our One Plus System, an electronic monitor used for measuring the fullness of a waste compactor. The One Plus System sends information to us through a cellular connection, allowing us to insure the compactor is hauled at its maximum allowable tonnage.

By monitoring our clients’ waste production patterns, we are also able to translate this information into optimized route densities for our waste vendors and thereby secure more favorable hauling rates. In this way, we’ve found ourselves able to save clients upwards of 15% or more on their waste management and disposal costs.

These are just a few things to consider when trying to optimize your company’s waste to landfill. For additional ideas or to learn more about Northstar Recycling’s total waste solutions, consider contacting us today.