When you own your own business, you have a lot of things on your mind. Depending on the type of business you are running, you must purchase or lease production equipment, and cash handling equipment, and employ and train trusted employees before you can even open your doors. What to do about the trash you generate is usually the farthest thing from your mind, let alone what type of waste disposal equipment you will need to handle it all. We have a simple way to determine how much trash you make, how much can be recycled, and your options on getting the equipment you will need to handle it all.
How To Do a Simple Trash Waste Audit
The first week of setting up your business is not the time to do a serious trash waste audit. For that first week or two, simply lease a dumpster from your local garbage collection company or commercial leasing agent to handle it all. The reason for this is simple: you will generate more trash waste during the initial setup than you probably will for the remaining first year, so to judge your waste disposal equipment needs by the first week would leave you leasing equipment you truly do not need.
Once the dust has settled and your business is now up and running, take some time to follow the generation of waste as it happens to truly take stock of what kind of waste management system you will need to keep your business running smoothly. Ask yourself a few questions to determine how many waste streams are present, and what can be done with the trash waste they generate:
Do you receive a lot of incoming shipments that are processed in-house? Supplies for food, office work, and production are all unpacked and the receiving cartons or packaging will need to be disposed of.
How much paper waste or other recyclables are generated in-house daily? This will determine whether or not you will need a baler or compactor to bundle everything for recycling later. Recycling is a program that not only benefits the environment but will also put extra cash back into your pocket.
Recycle waste aside, how much trash do you generate per day, per week, per month? Answers to these questions will help you determine pickup methods and any industrial equipment you will need for storing it before it can be picked up.
Waste Management 101
Now that you have finished your audit, you should have some clue as to how much, how often, and how much can be recycled on a regular basis. Now is the time to look into leasing the proper equipment to handle it all. Good waste management goes beyond just throwing it all into a dumpster, there is money to be made by recycling as much as you can, and doing your part for the planet at the same time.
If you generate a lot of paper, cardboard, and packaging material waste, you may want to look into leasing compactors or a baler to bundle it all. There are companies in all locales that will not only pick up your baled or compacted recycled waste but will also pay you for your efforts as well. Depending on how much you generate, you could be looking at earnings of up to a thousand dollars a year, or more, just from cardboard alone. The less that goes into landfills the better and everything from paper to plastic to cardboard to even packing peanuts can be processed and reborn as other usable products from a good waste management system.
Lease Agreement Options
Most communities have their regular trash picked up on a weekly basis through lease agreements with local contractors on dumpsters or compactors. You can also lease dumpsters, compactors, and balers through commercial leasing agencies, for quite reasonable terms. You only use the equipment for as long as you need to, with maintenance and replacements included in the terms. In the long run, it is far more economical to lease rather than purchase any waste disposal equipment, saving you on overhead and depreciation while increasing your profits in the process.