WASTE AND RESOURCE MANAGEMENT
Companies, local governments, schools, and other organizations must develop contracts with haulers, recyclers, and disposers to manage their waste. In the past, haulers and disposers developed a simple contract based on weight or volume. These haulers, in turn, must pay landfills for disposal costs. From waste generator to contractors, there is little accountability for limiting waste or promoting recycling.
Resource management, however, emphasizes strategic contracting with haulers, recyclers, and other stakeholders. With this type of contracting, waste generators and contractors are rewarded for diverting waste and increasing recycling.
Benefits of Resource Management
Implementing resource management has shown to benefit practicing organizations in a number of ways, including:
volume of recycling
savings from current disposal contracts
volume of waste diverted from landfills
Effective of Resource Management
Developing a contract that aligns contractors’ goals with waste generators’ goals makes waste management more efficient.
Resource Management contracts:
Create a fee
“cap” for the volume and weight of waste hauled.
Generators are rewarded monetarily for limiting their
partnership between both generator and contractor.
Develop contractor services that go beyond materials and transport. Contractors provide information, data management, and design services.
Charge a unit
price to the generator based on volume, weight, or pick-up
contact and communication between generator and hauler.
Provide minimal service, such as a hauling, with no feedback or interest in impacting waste generation.
Developing Resource Management
Resource management is all about strategic contracting. Other organizations that have implemented resource management have followed these practices:
scope of services you want.
Evaluate current and future goals and identify your
current hauling and disposal services in use. Establish your
waste reduction and recycling goals.
Hold meetings with several “bidders,” and get their suggestions
on how they would achieve your goals.
specific pricing information for materials, maintenance,
hauling, disposal, data collection,
and other services. Include incentives that will equally benefit
contractor and waste generator, like cost savings or bonuses for
decreasing waste volume. Implement fees for failure to meet
Sample Services from Resource Management Contractors
The types of services included in resource management contracts can be individualized. Many contractors may already offer some combination of these services.
recycling. Most hauling contractors include garbage and
recycling pick-up in their services.
Effective resource management may include sorting
recyclables. Many contractors also include recycle processing,
including marketing and outreach, in addition to pickup.
Yard Trimmings. Some contractors may offer to collect yard waste seasonally. Though the size and amount of the waste may be limited, this type of collection can reduce illegal dumping. Additionally, contractors may choose to include yard waste processing, usually composting, in their services.
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