Based on the fact that statistics show that individual employees have been going green more so than ever before, companies should be evaluating all options to determine how they can reduce waste and subsequently reduce business expenses. When it comes to waste removal expenses, there are several questions you should be asking yourself as well as some options that would prove to be more cost effective. Let’s take a look at some tips for reducing waste removal cost.
1) Recycling Program
The concept of establishing a company-wide recycling program may seem a tad bit expensive at first glance. But, believe it or not, a recycling program can cost less to maintain, than what it would cost higher ups who are currently spending money on waste management. Based on the fact that waste management expenses are primarily determined by the amount of rubbish that’s picked up in a roll off dumpster, minimizing the amount of trash your business produces by recycling a portion of it, will automatically lower waste management expenses.
In addition to that, recycling plants are much less expensive to operate than a traditional waste management plant. So they don’t charge their clients as much for their service. Besides that, you’ll be promoting an ecofriendly way to dispose of waste. One of the things you can also do is to develop a company compost bin for rubbish items, this can help to create a green environment for employees to partake in.
2) Buy Reusable Items
Everything doesn’t have to be new in the office. The problem with constantly buying new items, is that eventually they all need to be replaced and they all come with their own packaging which causes even more waste. In some cases, you can buy reusable items as opposed to new ones. Prime examples include reusable pencils, pens, paper clips and binders. These types of items can be reused numerous times, before they have to get thrown away.
Companies can also reuse shipping supplies when applicable. Employees should be encouraged to donate gently used dishware to be used in the company kitchen, as opposed to using paper plates. If employees are able to access a coffee station at work, it’s highly recommended that you get the Keurig as well as to invest in refillable K-cups. Therefore, you’ll be able to minimize coffee cup related waste.
3) Energy Waste
Managing energy waste is just as important as physical waste. And by reducing both of them, you’ll be able to lower operating expenses. Old electronic equipment could cause your bill to go much higher than it has to be. As such, be sure to contact your IT department about the possibility of replacing old equipment with EnergyStar rated equipment. You can also install power strips to stop usage when the business closes each day. Companies can also install solar panels to reduce energy waste even more so.
4) Paying For Non-critical Services
One way you can cut costs is to become more aware of the miscellaneous fees you may be paying in regards to a waste management contract. For instance, does the waste management company pay fees to the city to use their streets? Do they push those fees unto you? Does your roll off dumpster feature a lock? Do they charge you for the lock? Does someone have to physically come and unlock it as to which you incur another fee? Some of the things that may seem standard could be causing you unnecessary charges for features you don’t need.
5) Switch To Digital
In today’s world, you don’t really need to walk around with physical copies of a vast majority of documents. However, despite this fact people generate hundreds of pounds worth of paper related waste on a yearly basis. One of the things companies can do to reduce waste is to only make physical copies of documents as needed. For instance, as opposed to printing out every customer’s bill, companies can switch to electronic billing instead.
Statistics show that, customers typically prefer electronic invoices and businesses stand to save approximately 11 cents for each billing statement that they make electronics as opposed to generate a physical bill. In the event that business owners are not quite ready to go digital yet, they can still outsource printing services and billing to another company, which can lead to cost savings as it’s much more expensive to handle these types of things in-house.
6) Roll Off Dumpster Size/Ineffective Scheduling
Have you ever asked yourself if your roll off dumpster actually matched your trash output? If you realize that most of the time, your roll off dumpster is not full when it comes to pick-up-time then you need to establish a new schedule to get less pick-ups. Alternatively, if your roll off dumpster is overflowing when it gets picked up, you could be paying extra for excess trash. In a situation like this, you would need to up the size of your dumpster.
7) Change Provider
Many businesses falsely assume that when it comes to choosing a waste management provider, they really don’t have a choice but to go with a nationally known company. However, the reality is most U.S. businesses are situated in an area which has a highly competitive waste management removal market. You can get much better rates by comparing the quotes of several local providers. It’s also worth noting that even if the local municipality offers trash removal services, that doesn’t mean you have to use them. Most municipalities give independent haulers the option to work with commercial property owners. Therefore, you can work with a local provider even if the municipality offers trash removal services.
8) Plastic Bottles
Some of the biggest culprits that take up an abundance of space in recycling and waste roll off dumpster are plastic water bottles. Based on the fact that most people drink multiple bottles of water per day, while they’re at work, if every employee drinks 2-3 bottles per day, you can see how this adds up. Therefore, consider the possibility of placing a filter on the faucet or invest in a water cooler.