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Posted by Tom McCarry on Friday, November 16th, 2018
Some changes are being made in Washington following the recent midterm elections. Namely, the Democrats recaptured control of the House of Representatives, while the Republicans strengthened control of the Senate. This switch of control in the House means that there will be changes in committee chairmanships, including the Energy and Commerce Committee and the Ways and Means Committee. Both members of the House Recycling Caucus and the new House Food Waste Caucus won re-election, so there will be no changes there. Overall, the midterm elections should not have any immediate impact on the waste and recycling industry. Billy Johnson, chief lobbyist at the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industry Inc. (ISRI) said, “Any time [a flip] happens, it doesn’t impact us as much. We are bipartisan and play both sides of the aisle…In the grand scheme of things, we’re friends with both parties and we keep it that way.” (more…)
Posted by Tom McCarry on Friday, September 28th, 2018
Public Recycling Centers have been disappearing across the country. In some states, such as California where residents pay a five to ten cent deposit on beverage containers, this issue is even bigger because residents are having a hard time recycling. When consumers recycle these items, they are refunded the deposit. If there is nowhere to recycle them, they are left paying to throw the item out. This program, in California and nine other states, was designed to encourage people to recycle. However, within the last year, 350 recycling centers have closed in California alone. (more…)
Posted by Tom McCarry on Tuesday, September 25th, 2018
When Hurricane Florence crashed into the east coastline last week, flooding abounded. More than 30 inches of water accumulated in some areas. Now that the floodwaters are receding, another major problem is beginning to pile up: garbage. Many areas affected by the storm have only recently had roads opened for vehicles. This means that not only could people not get their trash out, but garbage trucks could not get in. According to Michael Regan, N.C. Department of Environmental Quality Secretary, “Hurricane Florence carved a long, slow path of destruction…and the true impacts have yet to be seen as many are still waiting for rivers to crest and recede. In some areas, people are returning home, beginning to clean up and trying to figure out what to do with storm debris.” For those in the affected areas, state environmental officials have offered guidance for debris disposal following Hurricane Florence: (more…)
Posted by Tom McCarry on Tuesday, September 18th, 2018
Beginning in January 2018, China’s new “National Sword” policy banned plastic waste from being imported. The Chinese government stated that this law was passed in an effort to protect the environment and people’s health. Before the passing of this law, China imported more than 106 million metric tons of the world’s plastics from countries like the U.S., Japan, and Germany. This large amount of plastic, about 45 percent of the world’s plastic waste to be exact, has been exported to China since the early 1990s. China profited from this arrangement by taking plastic waste and recycling it, then creating new products for export. (more…)
Posted by Tom McCarry on Friday, September 7th, 2018

While trash disposal may seem like a dirty business, Sweden sees it as one of the “cleanest.” In Sweden, waste-to-energy incinerators are used to burn trash and convert the “waste” into energy. Since 2002, the country has adopted a ban on putting biodegradable waste in landfills. This has resulted in a number of waste-to-energy plants appearing across the country. Burning waste has become so popular in Sweden that some 700,000 tons of garbage a year has been imported to help produce energy and heating for many of its cities.

How Does It Work?

While waste-to-energy incinerators are popular in Sweden, they have remained a controversial topic among American environmentalists. There is much debate over waste burning in the US, as many fear that it will slow recycling rates and increase air pollution. However, research in Sweden has shown that these issues have not turned out to be issues at all. In fact, only 1 percent of Sweden’s waste ends up in landfills, while half of it is recycled, and the remaining 49 percent is burned in waste-to-energy facilities. In fact, Sweden’s recycling rate is double that of the United States’.

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Posted by Tom McCarry on Friday, July 13th, 2018
If you own a business, such as a quick serve restaurant, you know that you produce a lot of waste. Garbage, recycling, and hauling fees likely take up a large percentage of your budget each month. Rather than throw away money, consider the benefits of a commercial compactor. A commercial compactor can help reduce your waste costs in several ways, including:
  • Less garbage space – When you compact your waste, it takes up far less space. This can greatly reduce your waste costs as haulers typically charge based on weight and/or capacity.
  • Lower removal frequency – The less a hauler has to come and remove your trash, the more money you will save.
  • Better sanitation – By minimizing and compacting waste, you can increase the cleanliness around your dumpsters and better contain the unsavory side effects of accumulated waste, such as smell.
These are just a few of the benefits you can enjoy by using a commercial compactor. If you have decided that this would work for your business, you may be wondering if it is better for you to rent or purchase one. Below, the experts at Global Trash Solutions (GTS) have laid out the pros and cons of both renting or financing a commercial compactor to help you make the best decision for your business. Renting a Commercial Compactor There are several great benefits to renting as opposed to purchasing a commercial compactor. The main benefit is that because you do not own it, you are not responsible for maintenance costs. The rental company will make any necessary repairs and maintenance. In addition, a rental company makes the process easy for you. Unlike getting approval for financing, renting does not dig into your financials as much. As long as you are a viable business, you should be approved. This might be a good option to consider if you are a new business that does not have the clout to get financing to purchase one just yet. There are also other benefits to renting. If you decide to rent a baler, for example, you might be able to offset rental costs in exchange for commodities. Depending on what you are using it for, it is possible the rental company may want the end product that you produce. Renting may also be a good option if you do not own the property your business is located on. (more…)
Posted by Tom McCarry on Friday, July 6th, 2018
Global Trash Solutions (GTS) has a company goal to reach “zero waste” emission. At our corporate office, we reduce, reuse, and eliminate on a daily basis. We also extend this philosophy to our customers.
One way we help our clients make a better environmental impact is to analyze their waste processes and determine what can be eliminated. For example, we encourage our retail clients to reduce waste through the elimination of Styrofoam packing materials. We not only encourage elimination, but also help them find better alternatives. One alternative is promoting the use of recycling over trash services. A big area clients and the environment can benefit is through the recycling of old corrugated cardboard (OCC). We also promote single stream recycling, where all items including glass, aluminum, plastic, and paper are put together for pickup. In many cases, we find that recycling services are a cheaper alternative to using only trash services. It is also the most beneficial option for the environment. If a client was not previously using recycling services, we will encourage them to begin doing so.
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Posted by Tom McCarry on Friday, May 18th, 2018
For three action packed days, Global Trash Solutions’ representatives, Leif Erickson and Brandon Neil, met with KFC owners in Atlantic Beach, Florida for the SE KFC Franchisee Association Spring Meeting. Their mission was to share GTS’s Waste Cost Savings Plan with KFC owner operators from all over the country. During this time, Erickson and Neil not only took the opportunity to speak one-on-one with KFC owners, but also present a slide show on the benefits of our GTS savings plan. The presentation was well received and thought provoking. During the presentation, Erickson discussed how GTS has developed a method to make trash and recycling services far more manageable for clients, while also preventing wasted revenue and even generating client savings. Erickson related well with KFC’s owners, especially on the topic of being overcharged by their waste hauling services. He explained that the talented consulting team at GTS not only helps clients just like them uncover inefficiencies and savings, but also can leverage their nationwide relationships to gain clients much lower hauling rates. (more…)
Posted by Tom McCarry on Monday, April 30th, 2018
The Great Pacific Garbage Patch was initially discovered in 1997 by oceanographer Charles Moore while sailing home to Southern California after finishing the Transpacific Yacht Race. He stated, "I was confronted, as far as the eye could see, with the sight of plastic…In the week it took to cross the subtropical high, no matter what time of day I looked, plastic debris was floating everywhere: bottles, bottle caps, wrappers, fragments." A three-year study conducted by The Ocean Cleanup Foundation and published in Scientific Reports recently confirmed this find, and stated that the giant mass of garbage is now double the size of Texas. Scientists estimate that this floating island of garbage is 1.6 million kilometers in size, which is 16 times larger than previous estimates. Where Did All The Garbage Come From? The recent study was conducted by an international team of scientists, six universities, and an aerial sensor company. During the study, the group surveyed and collected trash using devises to measure the found objects. An aircraft was also used and fitted with sensors to collect 3D scans of the “island.” By the conclusion of the study, the group had collected a total of 1.2 million plastic samples and scanned more than 300 square kilometers. (more…)
Posted by Tom McCarry on Thursday, April 19th, 2018
Global Trash Solutions (GTS) is pleased to announce that we are adding to our fleet of service vehicles. With this new addition, GTS is now able to offer Florida customers around the clock service for the GTS2000 compactor, as well as other manufacturers’ compactors. Our certified and trained technicians will fix compactors on site anywhere in Florida, the same day. We can fix any type of compactor issue, including common problems like electrical and hydraulic work. Being experts on a wide range of compactors, GTS technicians can repair common electrical problems, such as control panel issues, and hydraulic work, including replacing cylinders, pumps, and hoses. Whether welding or motor replacement or repair is needed, our skilled technicians can handle it. We will thoroughly troubleshoot the problem the same day you call and repair the issue as quickly as possible. (more…)
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