Waste Consultants Blog
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?
Think of how many stories revolve around hidden knowledge: Jason Bourne has to figure out who he is, Indiana Jones unravels the mystery around the arc of the covenant, and Pandora can’t stand not knowing what is in that secret locked box.
Sometimes, there’s a really good reason that knowledge is hidden. We’d all be happier of Pandora hadn’t opened her box, right?
But other times, what you don’t know can really hurt you.
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!
“Right,” you may be thinking “what could possibly be so important about waste equipment?” A lot - especially when you take into account how much one dirty little dumpster can affect your profit margin!
There are so many roles in the waste industry and it can be really overwhelming. But the more you know about consultants, brokers, and haulers, the better decision you can make about your waste management needs.
Everyone loves their waste hauler, right? You all get top-notch service: your haulers always pick up your waste promptly and they never leave behind a mess or forget dumpsters. And their rates are always fair and never go up.
Are you laughing yet?
One of the most significant decisions you can make about waste disposal is whether you hire a waste consultant or a waste broker. This choice can effect your P&L, so it’s important to know the facts about each profession.