Waste Consultants Blog
To ensure safe disposal of your medical waste, it’s critical to learn what it is.
Our audits work because they are strategic, savings-oriented, and safeguarded.
Who is the best candidate for an audit? Someone who is short on time - and sees the cost-reduction potential in an audit!
To make sure you’re working with the best auditor, ask them these three questions.
If you knew you had an 80% chance of winning the lottery tomorrow, would you buy a ticket? I sure would!
Think of a utility audit as your ticket to substantial savings. Most companies are overpaying for their utilities; you don’t have to be one of them!
Have you ever looked at your waste invoices and thought: This is way too complicated!
Most people don’t give much thought to their waste management. But if they did, they would likely realize how much they’re overspending on waste - and how much it’s costing them in lost time.
Your time is valuable, so one of the best things you can do is proactively protect it.
You should care about overspending because you’re doing it - and by no small margin.
Would you like to save your company $100,000? What about over $1,000,000 in four years?
Scott Alderman of Landura Property Management did exactly that not too long ago.
On top of everything else you’re doing, why bother looking at your waste expenses? Why should anyone pay attention to, well, garbage?
Getting a new hauler can seem like a daunting process, but these step-by-step instructions below will show you exactly what to do.
A successful renegotiation process will significantly reduce your current waste problems and prevent most future ones from occurring.
No one I know reads their waste hauler contract for fun. No one who finds a few hours to spare in the work week says, “You know what? I should really take an hour and look at the fine print on my contract.”
But they should - because they’re overspending.
Are your waste “services” really serving you?
Most of the folks we talk to would answer a big fat “no!” If you’re like them, your haulers can be impossible to deal with, and can leave you feeling overwhelmed and frustrated.
A lot of people get to the point where they’d rather play in traffic than have to keep dealing with their waste haulers. But they don’t know what to do.
Just a few months ago, one of our clients got an unwelcome surprise. They got their hauler invoice for the month and found that their service rates had increased not 9, not 90, but by 900%!
As you can imagine, they were somewhat less than thrilled.
They didn’t have any service or equipment changes. In fact, nothing had changed.
And yet here they were.
We’re serious about finding savings for our clients. So our waste audit process is exhaustive. They show every aspect of a client’s waste spend, and they show us how where to look for savings.
We know that the more thorough the audit, the more peace of mind you’ll have.
Let’s take a few minutes to talk about what our audit process looks like, why it’s unique, and why it’s reliable.
What if news broke tomorrow morning that you didn’t actually have to pay your mortgage? That somehow, a swanky lawyer somewhere figured out that most Americans were not actually obligated to pay their mortgage?
Suppose you’re driving a long one day and out of nowhere you hear a loud noise from your engine. Do you stop? Or do you keep driving?
You may not a car professional, but you can tell the difference between normal engine sound and an unusual sound.
A basic waste audit operates on this exact principle - you may not have experience in the waste industry, but with some common sense you can figure out if your waste management process is off track.
There comes a point in every dealing with a hauler where you are done. Maybe it was when you’ve called for the hundredth time only to wait on hold for half an hour. Maybe it was when you found garbage strewn about your site after pick-up. Or maybe it was when they raised prices unannounced for the second time this year.
No matter how you’ve arrived at this point, you know that there has to be a better way. And there is!
Say you’re at Thanksgiving, and your sweet great-aunt Hilda offers you a piece of her legendary pumpkin pie. Of course, you say yes.
But instead of bringing you pie, she brings you a plate full of green bean casserole. Would you be happy?
Of course not.
Unfortunately, this describes a lot of people’s experience with their waste hauler contracts. You thought you were getting a good thing! But you ended up feeling tricked.
Imagine being able to save your company $25,000. Actually, scratch that. Imagine being able to save your company a total of $100,000 over four years. You’d feel pretty happy about that, right?
Rhonda Cummons, the controller of Presbyterian Homes, recently did exactly that.
Sometimes, it can seem like the waste industry is just one big headache. Contracts are difficult to get out of. Pick-ups are often late, or missed completely. Expensive haulers get away with being paid even more. Ultimately, you can end up overpaying by thousands of dollars as the years pass.
Your disposal services are likely not really serving you.
But you can fix that, starting today.
You probably know something is off with your waste disposal. Your waste spend is too high, and prices seem to keep increasing. Your haulers are difficult to work with and provide less than stellar service.
You know something is wrong; you just don’t know what to do about it.
Starting today, you can find relief from your waste worries. You can remedy and even prevent them.
Tad knew he had a problem. He owned 73 Wendy’s and his waste expenses were out of control. He was spending $321,600 on waste management a year - $26,800 a month. And he didn’t know how to fix it.
No one buys a car and hopes that it will make transportation harder! No buys a steak dinner and hopes they will leave hungrier than when they got there. And no one hires a waste consultant and hopes that their waste management will become more frustrating.
Ask these five questions, and you’ll quickly know whether a potential consultant is a good fit for your company.
Everyone likes to be in on a secret, right?
You know what most haulers thrive off of? How they really make their money?
Your ignorance about what they do.
But you know what? You have every right right to know how you’re being charged for your waste services. We really believe that knowing things like how haulers calculate their operational costs is vital for you as a decision maker.
Back in 2017, we partnered with Ardmore, a multi-family apartment property management company. After our extensive audit and review of their waste and recycling expenses, we made recommendations that saved them thousands of dollars a month!