Waste Audit – Improve Your Company’s Bottom Line

Do you know how your company’s waste and recyclable materials are being handled? Whether you are a new or an established business, a waste audit from Quincy Recycle can help you gain valuable insight into your company’s waste stream. Read on to learn about how a waste stream analysis can help position your business to achieve your waste reduction and sustainability goals.

What is a Waste Audit?

Our comprehensive waste stream analysis looks at your business operations to discover and identify opportunities to improve your waste reduction efforts. We look to find ways to help your business meet your sustainability goals by reducing waste and your landfill costs. Together these efforts help improve your bottom line while creating a positive impact on the environment.

Quincy Recycle uses a 3-step waste evaluation process, otherwise known as the three “M’s.” Measure. Mobilize. Maximize.

We’ll measure your business setup and current recycling needs and goals. Then we’ll mobilize and implement a plan designed to help your business in achieving your waste reduction goals. Finally, we’ll maximize your results through on-going monthly reporting and analysis to ensure the improvements are working as intended.

Let’s take a closer look at each step of the process.

measure your waste streamStep 1 – Measure

To kick things off, our team will do an in-person evaluation of your business operation. Throughout this evaluation, we’ll spend time getting to know your business and your current processes. We’ll review reporting available from your current providers. This could include things like receiving reports, waste hauler statements, and trash reports. We’ll also look closely at the types of materials you are recycling, such as metals, paper, plastics, etc., as well as the items being sent to the landfill.

Is your facility set up in the best way to maximize the stream or flow of your waste while on-site? Our team will look at that, too! This could include analyzing the layout of current equipment and workstations, as well as evaluating whether additional recycling equipment would add value and create efficiencies in how you manage your waste at your facility.

The overarching goal of the Measure step of the process is to help us gain a holistic view of how your waste stream is currently managed from start to finish. With this information, we can provide you with actionable recommendations that will lower your costs while diverting materials from landfills.

Step 2 – Mobilize

The audit is complete and we’ve delivered a comprehensive and customized proposal with specific steps to minimize your waste and improve your bottom line. The next step is to mobilize and implement these process improvements.

Are you throwing something away that could otherwise be used? We’ll use our national network to find someone who can reuse and re-purpose your waste in the creation of new consumer goods. Could your facility benefit from new or different recycling equipment? Our equipment division can set you up with the right tools for the job. Don’t have the time to deal with recycling logistics? Our in-house logistics and fleet teams make it easy and take the guesswork out of managing your waste stream.

Every business is different so our recommendations are never a one-size-fits-all solution. We customize our recommendations for your business and design plans to help you reduce costs and waste simultaneously.

measure and optimizeStep 3 – Maximize

The final step! By now you should expect to see tangible improvements in how your waste stream is being managed. But, how can you be sure? To help ensure we are maximizing your results, your business will receive on-going monthly reporting from Quincy Recycle. That reporting will include metrics around cost savings, revenue gains, landfill diversion amounts, and material management.

This on-going reporting will show you two main things. First, the environmental impact. We’ll show you how your material is being managed, and you will learn just how much of your waste has been kept out of landfills as a result of the waste stream improvements that have been put in place.

Second is the impact on your business’ bottom line. The environmental impact from an efficiently managed waste stream is awesome, but it often translates to cost savings for your business as well. Sending waste to the landfill costs money. By diverting your waste from the landfill, you’ll avoid disposal costs, helping your company’s bottom line. As you can see, it’s a win-win.

Long-Lasting Partnerships

At Quincy Recycle we make it a priority to help every one of our partners achieve their sustainability and waste reduction goals. The waste audit is the first step to making that happen, but it doesn’t stop there.

Is something not working right? Or maybe you’ve added a waste stream to your business. Whatever the case, we’re here for you. Change happens. The needs of your business may be different five years from now. The market may very well be different five years from now as well. When you partner with Quincy Recycle, you’ll have someone you can rely on to navigate changes down the road.

Recycling is what we do here at Quincy Recycle. So, if you’re looking for a long-term partner to help your business maximize its waste stream output and results, give us a call. We’d love to discuss how we can help your business take the first step towards a more sustainable future.

About Quincy Recycle

We solve waste stream problems for manufacturers and other industrial suppliers. With over 45 years in the business, we handle paperplastic, and metal recycling, and help clients build sustainable waste reduction processes within their business.

 

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Gaylord Boxes

What’s in a name? Boxes used in manufacturing sure do have a lot of them. You may hear them referred to as “pallet containers”, “bulk boxes”, “pallet boxes”, “skid boxes”, or “bulk bins”. One of the most common and strangest names for a box used in manufacturing is “Gaylord box”. An industry staple in the world of manufacturing, you may use this name everyday without knowing where it actually comes from.

The first Gaylord boxes were produced nearly 60 years ago, by The Gaylord Container Company which was originally based in St Louis; hence the name. Originally just one specific type of packing box, the term has evolved over time to encompass many different sizes of box products. There have been some buyouts and headquarter changes, but the company that founded the Gaylord box still exists today.

Gaylord boxes are a vital component to any manufacturing operation. So how would you feel if we told you that you were paying too much for yours? Or that you were costing your company a lot of money by throwing them out?

Well, you probably are.

These boxes can hold hundreds, even thousands of pounds of product. Corrugated cardboard is the star of the show, and makes them physically capable of withstanding intense weights and pressures. Corrugated cardboard is a fancy way of saying reinforced and strong paper products made to resist tears and take a few transit punches along the way.  Suffice it to say these boxes are basically indestructible. So why would anyone only use a box once?

In our one and done society, still usable and functional items are often put to pasture well before their true expiration date, and these boxes are no exception. Sure, you could keep paying $20-$30 for a new box every time you are ready to ship. But we recommend seeing the light at the end of the savings tunnel and paying a fraction of new box cost for a perfectly re-usable used box instead. If you have empties up for grabs we will happily take those as well, saving you invaluable waste removal costs and creating a revenue stream where you once had only costs.

Contact us with questions or to check availability, and let’s see how much we can start saving you today!

Quincy’s Safety Milestones

At our core, we strive to create a work environment with a foundation that is built on mutual respect. No one is more important than the other, and we only achieve optimal performance when we work together.   We also recognize that our team members have people counting on them coming home at the end of a long day. 

That’s why, out of our many Core Values, the most important one is Alive & Well. This job can be a dangerous one. It can mean observing or operating in a plant you just walked into for the first time.  It can mean operating a baler or driving a forklift in the plant you come into everyday while remembering there is a fine line between familiar confidence and foolhardy risk. 

To err is human, to emphasize safety is Quincy Recycle. We start every manager meeting with acknowledgement of safety examples or changes made to improve safety.  We ask our associates to hold each other accountable to our published safety standards on a daily basis. Responsibility for self and others is at the forefront, as well as a focus on learning from past mistakes and near misses. Safety results are always more important than production results, and we would argue that safe manufacturing and processing practices actually herald efficiency. We conduct monthly company wide safety meetings, where we share and train on topics that are critically important to keeping our team members and our facilities safe and we learn from mistakes and near misses.   

But physical safety is more than just showing up to work and staying safe and whole. We also provide free annual physicals and discounted health insurance premiums to our associates who participate in our wellness program. We believe that if you feel good, and you have the tools to be proactive and preemptive with your own personal health, you’ll not only be healthier overall, but you’ll be a more attentive and active employee. Taking care of people is the right thing to do, and it’s just good business. Investing in our people and respecting the roles they play and jobs they do enables us to also empower them to thrive.  

We do all of this because our bottom line is dependent on our people. Our colleagues are an extension of our families. Our jobs entwine together in a web of success, each strand just as important as the next; we need every employee healthy and energized, in order to be the company we want to be.  

Your Waste Audit

The first step to fixing a problem is admitting that you have one. Sorry to hit you with philosophy right out of the starting gate, but we figured time is money, and you’re probably losing some as you read this. How do we know? We know because you’re a manufacturing company and studies show that on average, more than 70% of what you throw out isn’t actually trash at all. 

So what does that mean? It means you’re paying too much for waste removal and replacement products, some of which you could reuse. It means you’re missing out on great free PR; sustainability is on everyone’s minds these days. But most importantly, it means we can help you save more (materials, money, time)  while you waste less. 

We are a national recycling company that specializes in helping manufacturers like you recognize opportunities to improve and start performing at optimum utilization of your resources and inputs (raw materials, packaging, capital, and human resources). We believe profits and sustainability aren’t mutually exclusive. That’s why we do what we do. 

Once our team is able to observe your current sources of waste generation and means of collection and disposal we will develop a plan of action tailored to your various waste byproducts. We will determine what can be reused and give you options when it comes to what can be recycled. Options that will absolutely save overall waste stream costs and quite possibly create revenue streams.  Innovation is the name of our game, both internally and in our waste audit plans. If we can find ways for your process to operate more efficiently and generate less waste, we will help you implement those solutions. What an easy way to engage your team in sustainability goals that improve the thumbprint your facility leaves on our planet and boosts your bottom line.

We don’t stop there, though. Account management teams will continually analyze your waste stream, helping you offset production and waste removal costs even when your process and products change. This is an ongoing process, and we believe there is always room for improvement.  It is a collaborative and team effort.

To us, sustainability is achievable and made possible with Quincy Recycle’s involvement. It requires implementing realistic waste reduction goals that help your overall operational efficiency and showcase your ownership and responsibility in waste stream management. 

Let us help you start to take those small steps today. We’re game if you are.