Top Ways to Efficiently Reduce Waste Management Costs

Top Ways to Efficiently Reduce Waste Management Costs

By AAA Polymer | Plastics Recycling

Jul 13

As a business owner or facility manager, it's imperative for you to find innovative ways to keep costs low —even those costs you may not always consider, such as waste management costs. In fact, waste management and disposal costs can and will quickly add up.

However, there are several innovative steps you can take to reduce waste management costs. Fortunately, AAA Polymer has outlined our top ways to reduce waste management costs. Let's take a closer look and don't hesitate to reach out to us today to start saving. 

Reduce Waste Management Costs by Starting a Commercial Plastic Recycling Program

If you operate a warehouse, distribution center, or business, the largest source of waste is likely to be packaging materials. For warehouses and distribution centers, this could be plastic stretch film and wraps that are used to secure pallets. And if you were to remove these plastic recyclables from your waste stream, it would almost immediately translate into savings. 

At AAA Polymer, we find that up to 50% of what businesses throw away can be diverted from their waste stream and is recyclable. Once we remove these plastics from your waste stream, it can help reduce your waste management costs in more ways than one. Best of all, there is no pickup charge or fees associated with AAA Polymer's plastic recycling program. 

Reduce Cost of Hauling

For starters, it will instantly reduce the cost of hauling your trash to the disposal site. Your disposal cost is usually a fixed amount you pay every time your trash is picked up. Starting a stretch film recycling program can significantly reduce the number of times your trash has to be picked up, and this will slash your costs associated with the bailing, collection, and transportation.

Reduce Tipping Fee

You may also be paying a tipping fee or gate fee at the landfill. This per ton charge can range from $20 per ton up to $100 per ton. When you remove these plastic recyclable materials from your waste stream, you will reduce the tonnage, which can reduce your waste management costs. 

Expand Your Commercial Recycling Program

If you already have a plastic commercial recycling program, you may be able to expand it to further reduce your waste management costs. Studies have found that 46% of the materials in our landfills are recyclable. This means there is a great opportunity for organizations to expand their recycling program while further reducing waste management programs.

To do so, engage your employees and make it as easy as possible for them to stick to the recycling plan. Use the following tips to get the most from your recycling plan:

  • Educate your employees on the importance of recycling. Create attractive visual fact sheets that demonstrate the volume of plastic recovered in your facility on a daily, monthly, and yearly basis. Place these sheets in visible locations near disposal bins.
  • Location. Location. Location. Ensure you have sufficient bins dedicated to recycling and place them in a convenient location for your employees.
  • Create competition. A little friendly competition has never hurt anyone and is a highly effective way of encouraging behavioral changes.
  • Keep it simple. Make your recycling program as simple and straightforward as possible. Remember — the easier it is for them to recycle, the more likely they will do it.

Review Your Waste Management Contract

Many businesses have waste management contracts that have been in place for several years without any real scrutiny. If you're looking to reduce your waste management costs, a good place to start is your contract or pricing schedule. Ask yourself:

  • Does your current contract meet your business's needs?
  • Are you currently paying for a more comprehensive service than you really need?
Once you have a better understanding of your needs and the services your business is contractually paying for you, you may be in a better position to renegotiate. 

Right-Size Your Containers and Schedule

Are your current dumpsters matching your output of trash? On pickup day, if your containers are half-empty, it makes dollars and sense to schedule fewer pickups. On the other hand, if your bins are overflowing, you could be getting charged for excess. Another option is to change the size of your bins and dumpsters.

Contact AAA Polymer to Reduce Waste Management Costs

While there are several ways to reduce waste management costs, starting and optimizing a commercial recycling program is the top way. And the team at AAA Polymer can and will help. We specialize in helping warehouses, distribution centers, and businesses start commercial recycling programs that create savings in more ways than one. 

Ready to learn more about how we can help reduce your waste management costs and generate savings? Contact AAA Polymer today.

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