Companies have great intentions when it comes to reducing waste and increasing recycling within their organizations. The recycling bins are set out and employees are encouraged to use less paper and other materials. But what if your vision of waste management goes beyond the bare minimum? Or what if you lack even the most basic program? Moreover, how do you ask a staff that is already overloaded with the day to day operations of the business to take on new responsibilities – especially those outside their areas of expertise? And how do you validate that the environmental initiatives you commit to are actually working? There is a lot to consider.

Waste Reduction and Recycling is Easier Said Than Done.

Waste management strategies that bring organizations closer to zero waste enhance the “triple bottom line” by positively impacting people, profits and the environment. Zero waste is a philosophy that encourages the redesign of resource life cycles so that all products are reused and any trash sent to landfills is minimal. Companies can begin to move toward this high standard by reducing the amount of waste that is sent to landfills and increasing the amount of waste that is recycled.

But reaching these objectives requires more than just a few extra recycling bins and an email signature encouraging others to “consider the environment before you print.” Successful waste reduction and recycling solutions require strategic planning, an investment in waste handling equipment, proactive communications with stakeholders, audits, training and management and coordination of disposal services. Most companies simply do not have all of these capabilities in house.

Outsourcing Your Waste Reduction and Recycling Program

Outsourcing of waste management program management is becoming increasingly common as companies strive to build environmental initiatives and see them through. These programs require an entirely new skill set for most managers and many companies simply cannot afford to turn their attention away from their daily operations to manage yet another initiative. That said, waste reduction and recycling are no longer optional. They are the norm. And with increasing attention around environmental issues and environmental legislation, it simply makes sense to be proactive about reducing the impact your business has on the environment.

By outsourcing your waste management program you can maintain focus on your core business, while having a team of specialists to take care of the waste. At Keystone, we have a unique model that enables us to provide turnkey waste management strategies and programs that move organizations along the path toward zero waste. We handle everything from upfront waste audits to completely turnkey services that are provided on a flat fee performance agreement with no capital exposure or risk to your organization.