A Solution to the So-Called “Fixed Expense” of Waste Removal in Municipalities

by Global Trash Solutions

Many successful business owners, CFOs, profit managers, and others charged with the task of keeping the cost of their business or organization under control have noticed one line item on their P&L statement that they cannot seem to control: waste disposal and recycling service. Waste costs are a seemingly fixed expense, amounting to hundreds of thousands or even millions of dollars annually, depending on the size of the organization and amount of commercial waste their locations produce.

Why Is It So Difficult to Lower Waste Management Costs?

Many have scratched their heads and wondered: “How in the world did hiring a waste hauler to pick up and haul away a dumpster full of trash a couple of times per week become so costly?” They struggle to negotiate with area trash haulers, or their local municipality controls who provides waste services within their borders, and the prices seem set in stone. Actually, it is often possible to negotiate a lower price than you currently pay, with industry experts who can look into your waste disposal costs on your behalf.

People who have taken the above question to the local agency responsible, such as the public works department or sanitation division, are usually met with standard answers such as: “The city bids out waste services every 3, 5, or 20 years, and whoever offers the best deal is awarded the contract with the city.” Although there is some truth behind this statement, it does not explain why waste costs are so outrageous in these areas, nor does it justify the waste stream restrictions placed on businesses and residents in the area.

How Can a Waste Consultant Help Your Business Regain Control?

Waste consultants at Global Trash Solutions have the skills and connections needed to negotiate within the restrictions your business may face. We have hundreds of clients who were able to lower this supposedly fixed rate and save money every month with our consultants’ help. One of these is Joe Carone, a McDonald’s Franchisee based in Pittsburgh, PA.

Mr. Carone owns 5 McDonald’s restaurants, one of them located in the Borough of Charleroi, PA. The Borough has an exclusivity agreement with a certain waste hauler, and Mr. Carone was under the impression that he was “stuck” with the vendor that the Borough had selected for him.

Global Trash Solutions helped Mr. Carone negotiate with the Borough Manager by providing him with evidence that there were less expensive options available, if not for the exclusivity agreement imposed by the Borough. After some time, Global Trash Solutions aided Mr. Carone in negotiating a rate 39% lower than what he was originally paying. Stories like these prove that bringing in a consultant may be the most cost-effective way to change your waste management bottom line.

Ready to Analyze Your Waste Management Costs?

GTS has many other examples of success in saving businesses money in spite of franchise agreements. Our team of expert contract negotiators obtain and comb through the entire franchise agreement between the city and hauler they have selected, looking for opportunities for our clients to save money. We use proprietary tactics and strategies to help our clients that are not available to the layman.

We also provide strategies for reducing waste as an additional path to controlling costs. Waste reduction, recycling, and compacting solutions start with a small investment that pays for itself quickly. If you have found yourself asking questions similar to those we mentioned, contact us for the same help we offer all our clients to save money each and every month.

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