When you own your own business, you have a lot of worries on your mind. Depending on the type of business you are in, you must purchase or rent production equipment, cash handling equipment, and hire and train trusted employees before you can even open your doors. What to do with the garbage you generate is usually your furthest thought, not to mention what kind of waste disposal equipment you will need to handle it all. You have an easy way to determine how much waste you generate, how much can be recycled, and your options for getting the equipment you need to do this.
How to do a simple garbage audit
The first week of starting your business is not the time for a serious trash audit. For the first weeks or two, just rent a dumpster from your local waste disposal company or commercial rental agent to take care of everything. The reason for this is simple – you will generate more waste during the initial setup than you are likely to develop in the remaining first year, so estimating waste disposal equipment needs in the first week will leave you renting equipment that you don’t need.
Are you receiving a lot of incoming shipments that are handled domestically? Utensils for food, office work, and production are unpacked; cartons or receiving packaging should be discarded. How much waste paper or other recyclable materials does the company generate every day? This will determine if you need a baler or compactor to pack everything for further processing. Recycling is a program that benefits the environment and puts extra money back in your pocket.
Besides recycling, how much waste do you generate per day, per week, per month? Answering these questions will help you identify collection methods and any industrial equipment required to store it before collection. Now that you’ve finished your audit, you should have some idea of how much, how often, and how much you can recycle regularly. Now is the time to consider renting the right equipment to handle all of this.
There are companies everywhere that will collect your compacted or packaged recycled waste and pay you for your efforts. Depending on how much you make, you can expect to profit up to a thousand dollars a year or more using only cardboard. The less it ends up in landfills, the better. Everything from paper to plastic and cardboard, and even packaging peanuts, can be recycled and transformed into other useful products with a good waste management system and also chemotherapy waste disposal.
Most communities collect their regular rubbish on a weekly lease with local contractors in trash cans or compactors. You can also rent dumpsters, compactors, and balers through commercial leasing agencies for fairly reasonable terms. You only use the equipment for as long as you need it, with service and replacement included in the terms.