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
Benefits of Resource
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
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.
contractor services that go beyond materials and transport.
Contractors provide information, data management, and
Charge a unit
price to the generator based on volume, weight, or pick-up
contact and communication between generator and hauler.
service, such as a hauling, with no feedback or interest in
impacting waste generation.
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
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.
Some contractors may offer to collect yard waste
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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