Your waste hauling contract is often the last thing on your mind – you already have enough to do! The fact is not many people take the time to really examine the terms of their contract which is a big mistake as you may be missing out on some real savings that could impact your bottom line. It only takes a few minutes to look over your waste hauling contract and identify key areas where you can reduce your waste hauling costs and increase your program ROI.
The first step is to find your waste hauling contract and take a look at the following:
- How often is your waste is collected?
- Are you separating or comingling recycling (if recycling at all)?
- Are you getting weight tickets?
- Will your waste hauler collect compost?
Once you have this information you can then delve a little deeper into your current situation and identify areas of potential cost reduction.
Frequency of collection
It is important to find out how often your bins are collected and if they are full when they are collected.
You may discover for example, that your garbage is currently collected every 2 days, and when you take a look at the bin before it is emptied you may find that it is only half-full. If you were to change the frequency of collection to twice a week when your bins are full, this would instantly reduce your collection costs.
Source separated or co-mingle
Depending on the recycling guidelines in your city/region your waste hauler will tell you whether you can mix your recycling or separate it. If they will collect separate stream recycling i.e. separating cardboard, cans, bottles, and paper they may be willing to charge less for collecting these items than commingled recycling or garbage because they have a higher commodity value.
Your waste hauler will provide weight tickets when they collect your garbage, make sure you always receive these tickets so that you can monitor your collections and see if there is a trend in the weights. If the first collection of the week is typically light for example maybe it could be combined with the mid-week pick-up to reduce your collection costs.
If composting is available in your region then your waste hauler may be willing to collect compostable waste, or there may be a local private company that will collect your compost. Again this is a commodity so you may be charged less for the collection of compost than you would for regular garbage.
Waste hauling fees definitely vary by city and region but generally speaking you may be able to reduce your waste hauling costs by optimizing your collection times and increasing your diversion rates. Recyclables are a commodity and therefore sometimes charged at a lower rate than garbage collection. After checking your current contract talk to your waste hauler about optimizing your collection strategies so that you can identify areas for potential cost savings that can be implemented when your contract is up for renewal.
Take a look at this comprehensive list of questions to ask your waste hauler when discussing your contract renewal.