Waste Nothing, Reduce the Excess

Overflowing Dumpsters

A simple guide to excess yardage expenses. Let’s be honest, overloading a dumpster is never a decision an operation chooses to make. Although, it happens. Perhaps, a business has too much trash, and doesn’t know what to do with it. The team may also not realize that the trash contract only includes services for a level full dumpster thus anything extra will be subject to an overage fee. Then again, maybe you’ve simply cleaned out the back room knowing there would be extra costs but wanted to get it all gone before the weekend.

Everything has Changed, Except Budgeting?

A restaurant sign that says Patio Open

Fall is right around the corner, and many businesses are beginning to think about budgeting for next year. Each business has their own expense categories, but one that most businesses have in common, is waste and recycling. For 2021 in particular, program managers are struggling to figure out how best to budget for next year’s waste expenses.

Ways Your Business Can Love the Planet This Valentine's Day

Plant in front of window

Roses are red, violets are blue, and your Valentine’s Day can be green, too. Valentine’s Day is a great opportunity to show your partner how much you appreciate them, however, like many commercialized holidays, it can become a day in which our planet is neglected. The millions of roses, gifts, greeting cards, and chocolate boxes exchanged on this day have a massive impact on the environment, generating carbon dioxide emissions and creating extensive volumes of waste.

7 Sustainability Podcasts Worth a Listen


If you can’t get enough of the sustainability world, there are plenty of great podcasts to entertain your commute and workday. Whether you’re a sustainability veteran or new to the game, it can often be difficult to stay up to date on the latest trends and topics in the industry. We have compiled some of our favorite sustainability podcasts that have helped us stay plugged into the ever-evolving environmental landscape. Happy listening!

3 New Year's Sustainability Resolutions Your Restaurant Can Make for 2020

Sustainable Restaurant

As 2019 comes to a close, many restaurant owners are reflecting on the past decade and making plans for the next. Many individuals want to be more eco-friendly, but struggle with knowing how to actually take steps towards sustainability. If you’ve been wanting to make your restaurant more green, the New Year is the perfect time to make these conscious decisions to benefit the planet - and your profits. Here are a handful of eco-friendly resolutions your restaurant can commit to in the new year.

A Green Christmas: 3 Ways to Make Your Office Party More Sustainable

Sustainable Wrapping Paper

‘Tis the season for office parties. Your company Christmas party is the perfect time to reflect on the past year and celebrate how much the company has achieved. However, office parties can also be notoriously wasteful. Have you considered how to make your celebration as sustainable as possible? Remember to keep the environment in mind when enjoying your office holiday gathering.

The True Cost of Single-Stream Recycling

Single Stream Recycling

Having one container to hold all recyclables may seem commonplace today, but it hasn’t always been this way. This system was only introduced in the 1990’s when a handful of Californian communities tried out this simplistic strategy to recycling, and it quickly grew in popularity. Prior to the 1990’s, however, recyclables were sorted before disposal.

Everything You Need to Know About Bioplastics

Plastic Waste

According to Ocean Crusaders, there are over 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic debris in the ocean, and around the globe, around 13,000 pieces of plastic are dumped into the ocean each and every day. With this growing volume of plastics damaging our oceans and its creatures, many individuals are turning to new innovations to solve this problem.

5 Tips to Reduce Corporate Carbon Emissions

Carbon Emissions

Climate change is a hot-button environmental issue facing the world today. The phenomenon is caused by the increasing amount of heat-trapping greenhouse gases that in turn warm the Earth. Some of the consequences of the increased greenhouse gas emissions are rising atmospheric temperatures and sea levels, in addition to changes in storm patterns. To some, climate change is an inevitable side effect of the industrialized world. To others, it is seen as an imminent threat. No matter the cause or severity of climate change, however, both corporations and consumers can help protect our environment by reducing carbon emissions.

9 Ways to Engage Employees for World Cleanup Day

World Cleanup Day

This year on September 21, World Cleanup Day will unite 18 million volunteers and 157 countries across the world for a cleaner planet. Celebrated every third Saturday in September, World Cleanup Day is the biggest waste collection day in human history, and it is the perfect opportunity to encourage your employees to do their part and be more eco-friendly. We’ve collected a few ideas on how to get your company started.

Franchise Update: New Eco-Friendly Policies From Your Favorite Chains

Dunkin Cups

Across the country, many franchises are incorporating sustainable initiatives into their operations. According to the National Restaurant Association, approximately 50 percent of consumers say that a restaurant's efforts to recycle, donate food or reduce food waste can be factors in where they choose to dine. Companies of all sizes can benefit from prioritizing sustainability.

How to Eliminate Single-Use Plastics and Save the Sharks


Discovery Channel’s beloved Shark Week is almost here, and frenzied fans are already preparing for the week of programming. While Shark Week is certainly a form of entertainment, it is also important to allow the week-long shark celebration to serve as a conservation call-to-action for viewers. Ocean plastic pollution is a growing problem within our waterways, posing a threat to marine life - including sharks.

Waste Nothing in Waste Collection: Container Sensor Technology

Container Sensor

Waste hauling has been a tried and true service for decades. Operating on a daily basis to ensure sanitation for the general public the practice has largely been unchanged. Traditionally, waste haulers drive set routes through cities, picking up containers on a fixed schedule, regardless of how full they are. This practice within the waste industry is ironically wasteful. When haulers pick up containers that aren’t completely full, more trips are required to empty the same amount of trash, exhausting time and fuel resources in the process.

Recycling Balers: Are They Right for Your Business?

Waste Stream

Balers are often integral to a company’s recycling program. Balers are industrial compacting machines that turn recyclables into blocks in order to be easily stacked and transported. These units can be an asset to businesses of any size and type due to the many benefits associated with their use, but not all balers are right for every business.

Debating Digesters and Dehydrators


Approximately 70 million tons of food are wasted in the United States each year. When we waste food, we’re not just wasting the food itself; we’re also wasting all the resources that went into growing and transporting it. As the country’s food waste epidemic continues to grow, both individuals and commercial entities like restaurants and grocery stores are looking inwards to see how they can eliminate some of their own food waste.

The True Value of Your Waste Stream: Savings and Sustainability

Waste Stream

When considering your company’s impact on the environment, it is crucial to understand your company’s waste stream. A waste stream is the entire lifecycle of specific waste output, from the moment it enters a facility to its eventual recovery, recycling, or disposal. By tracking your waste stream and its associated costs, you can begin to understand its value - and how to leverage it for savings and sustainability.

Why are Single-Use Plastics Such a Concern?

Single Use Plastics

Statistics around single-use plastic are staggering. For instance, according to National Geographic, nearly a million plastic beverage bottles are sold a minute and only nine percent of all plastic globally is recycled. This leads to tens of billions of pounds of plastic waste sent to landfills a year - and billions of pounds of plastic waste ending up in our rivers and oceans, too.

Zero Waste Myths

Zero Waste Myths

Going zero waste doesn’t happen overnight, especially for businesses and corporations that have a wide array of employees, operations and logistics to consider first. While the goal of zero waste is to reduce consumption, reuse as much as possible, send nothing to a landfill and - as a last alternative - to recycle and compost leftover waste, this theory is not always possible in reality. If your facility is thinking about joining the zero-waste movement, but you’re not sure where to start or how to make the commitment, don’t worry.

5 Ways to Improve Your Facility's Waste Management Program in 2019

Waste Management

Whether you run a restaurant, grocery store, retail center, movie theater or any number of other waste-creating businesses, there is high chance that your facility is not operating as efficiently as it could when it comes to waste management. There is room for growth everywhere - as long as your facility is not already certified zero waste, that is.

Sell It or Scrap It: How to Handle your Recycling Program

Recycling Program

Have you noticed a rise in your recycling costs? You’re not alone. Because of new trade policies, the waste management industry is seeing this trend throughout the country.

How Restaurants Can Improve Plastic Use

Plastic Pollution

The use of plastic can sometimes be unpreventable, as it serves many purposes and plays a vital role in our everyday lives. One of the great advantages of many types of plastic is that it’s designed to last for a very long time: nearly all of the plastic ever created still exists in some form today.

E-Waste & its Negative Effects on the Environment

Electronic Waste

A few questions to consider: do you still watch movies from a VCR player? More than likely, no. Are you purchasing the latest cell phone every time a new one is released?