When was the last time you actually looked at your waste removal bill?
Are there any ways to reduce it?
In most major cities, there can be 6-12 different waste disposal companies available to take away your trash within a given zip code. Providers range from multi-billion dollar organizations to small family run businesses. The price you pay can vary by over 200% compared to other companies with similar trash removal needs. Hard to believe? Have a look at page 8 of this City of Chicago study regardingwaste disposal cost discrepancies. Business owners in every major city across the country experience these pricing disparities.
How do these discrepancies occur?
Typically, companies sign multi-year contracts with their service provider and over time, their rates move steadily up. In the meantime, new waste haulers emerge or established waste haulers change their strategy to offer more competitive rates. Most businesses don’t realize this is happening and don’t take the time to shop rates on a regular basis.
Other things which can affect your bill include:
You may also have contracted for more pickups than you actually need.
A larger bin with fewer pickups might be more cost effective.
A recycling program with presorted waste could reduce your removal costs.
What’s the best way to find the answers to these questions?
Talking to local competitors about your needs will often disclose ways to reduce costs. There are also consultants who can help you analyze your options. This is especially true if your waste disposal needs are more complicated or include any of the following:
Biohazardous Waste Management
Mercury Pollution Prevention and Reduction Program
Items for reuse such as Medical Equipment, Wood Pallets, Furniture and Toner Cartridges
Lead-Based Paint remediation projects and associated disposal
Reclamation of Salvageable Material such as scrap metals, computer equipment and electronics
And what about compactors?
Pressure gauges and indicator lights on your compactor can misinterpret common jams and surges as a “COMPACTOR FULL” condition because they record only a SINGLE threshold reading. This results in more compactor pickups and additional costs. Many businesses are saving over 40% by using a compactor monitoring service which continuously monitors your compactor and schedules pick ups no sooner, or later, than necessary.
How does it work?
Once such service, Waste Link®, installs a patented waste monitor on your existing compactor that processes over 256 readings for each compaction, analyzing container fullness levels with 99% accuracy. Fullness levels are transmitted electronically to a Monitoring Center which operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The most efficient pick up time is determined based on your needs and your hauler’s response time and Waste Link® notifies the hauler for pick up. Required pickups can be reduced by as much as two thirds.
By initiating a compactor monitoring service and eliminating costly pick-ups, a Chicago Health Club is saving $2,000 each month through reduced pick up charges. The chart below illustrates the results of Waste Link’s electronic monitoring service on the number of compactor pickups, extending them from one per week to one every 14 to 21 days.
To learn more about Waste Link®’s monitoring services Click Here
or contact Mark Lestina at 773-858-5642.
To compare waste removal prices within the Chicago area, Click Here.
For further information about waste consulting services,Click Here
or contact Cherelyn Riesmeyer at 800-598-5587.
June 2014. This Newsletter has been sent by:Monarch Cost Consultants. We hope you or someone you know will find this information helpful.