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3 Reasons Your Waste Management Plan May Need an Overhaul

Unless it starts to become a serious problem, many of us don’t spend a lot of time planning for waste management. 

By Aleya Harris


However, for a facilities management team, waste disposal is much more complicated than having somebody show up to haul away your trash before it piles up. Without careful consideration, the effects of waste on your budget and environmental footprint can be great.


With that in mind, here’s what you should think about when choosing a waste management plan.

Waste Management Plan Considerations


Waste management services that don’t mesh well with the specific needs of your business can end up costing more money and send more waste into landfills. In order to make an informed choice when you’re choosing or renewing a waste management plan, you need to consider the following:


  • The volume of trash your facility produces


  • The composition of said trash


  • Your company’s recycling and environmental goals


In general, a waste management plan that increases overall efficiency will likely show improvements across the board. On occasion, you may find that your plan is not meeting the needs of the facility and its personnel. There are usually telltale signs that it’s time for a change.

Why Change Your Waste Management Plan?


There are three common reasons that indicate a need to make changes to garbage removal frequency and methods at your facility.

Reason #1: Too Much Garbage


When bins are overflowing, dumpsters won’t close, and visitors to your facility inquire as to the source of the strange smell, you should probably schedule more frequent pickups. This is the easiest problem to fix, but neglecting to review and optimize your pickup frequency on an ongoing basis can lead to future problems — as well as an unsavory environment for all concerned.

Reason #2: Inefficient Removal


When the garbage trucks are dumping out containers that are barely half full, you know you’re on an inefficient schedule that’s wasting time and energy. Observe your containers just before pickup—how full are they? Are they almost filled to capacity at certain times of the week, and nearly empty at others? Is the recyclable and non-recyclable waste properly sorted?


Accurate data, collected over time to show usage patterns, is necessary if you’re going to try to formulate an efficient, cost-effective waste management plan.

Reason #3: Recycling Woes


Good recycling practices can break down at various points in the waste management process. If your disposal company is throwing everything into the landfill because you don’t have adequately-sized bins for your recyclables, then it doesn’t do much good to train employees how to sort their waste.


Once again, observation is key, along with talking to your disposal company to ensure that you’re both sorting correctly and using adequate containers. Getting recycling right isn’t just important from an environmental perspective—it also ends up costing you more when your waste ends up in the wrong place.

Observe Then Change


When it’s time to renew your contract with a waste hauling service, don’t just sign up for whatever you had last year. Take a close look at how garbage removal is currently working for your facility. You’re sure to find areas where service could be adjusted to help you save money, and maintain a cleaner, greener facility.