Everything You Have Wanted to Know About Recycling and Waste Management
Recycling and waste management is something all businesses should think about on a regular basis. Each business will have its own specific needs and requirements in disposing of waste and the materials it can recycle. Yet, by taking the time to evaluate what you can do as a business owner, it is possible to discover various means to cut your commercial waste management costs.
What Does Commercial Waste Management Mean?
Waste management is much more than simply deciding what size dumpster you need and how many trash pickups you need from your provider. Today, waste management is a combination of processes that can be used to not only dispose of waste efficiently but also control and reduce the amount of waste being generated.
What Does Waste Mean?
Waste is a catchall term used to describe anything we want to dispose of, including:
1. Recyclable Materials: Paper, cardboard, glass, plastic, and other such things that can be reused are considered recyclable waste.
2. Organic/Food Waste: Any type of waste that is a by-product of or is the food itself, as well as plant-based materials, is considered organic/food waste. Also, any materials that naturally degrade, like wood and paper, could be classified as organic waste if they are not recycled.
3. Solid Waste: Any waste that cannot be recycled and is not organic generally falls under the category of solid waste.
Isn’t Recycling Dead?
Even though there have been changes in recycling in recent years, it is not actually dead. There is still a wide range of buyers that purchase recyclables. In addition, many cities have waste reduction plans in place with hopes of achieving zero waste in the next decade or so.
If we don’t recycle materials, it ends up in landfills where it is no longer useful. For instance, many metals can be reused numerous times without any change in their composition or durability. If we were to toss these in the trash, not only would we be wasting a valuable resource, but we also would not be able to generate more of it. Essentially, once metals are mined and refined, they are not renewable. So, once they are used up, they are gone for good.
Why Is Recycling and Waste Management Important?
What if you had a buyer that was interested in paying money for all the cardboard you could supply them? Wouldn’t you want to recycle it to create a new revenue stream for your business? Instead of tossing cardboard into the trash, you would be cutting down on how much waste you generate.
This is just one example to show why recycling is important. There are plenty of materials you could recycle and, potentially, generate revenue from selling it to interested buyers.
What if you could cut your waste-hauling expenses in half by implementing new commercial waste management processes? With all the money you saved, you could be reinvesting it into your business in other areas.
Sadly, most businesses do not even think about the importance of implementing a recycling and waste management program that can help the environment, create new revenue for the business, and cut waste costs.
Fortunately, you can do your part by scheduling a waste audit review with one of our waste consultants or waste brokers. At Global Trash Solutions, recycling and waste make up our business. We can help find different ways you can cut waste costs through various options and programs.
What are you waiting for? Give us a call today at 866-760-8194! The initial consultation is FREE!