The refuse industry is all about finding solutions that are affordable, efficient, and customer-focused. People are busy running their lives and businesses. The last thing they need to worry about are issues with their waste services. At Northwest Refuse Service, we understand the problems our industry can sometimes face. That’s why we’ve decided to explore some of the challenges that providers can potentially face. 

It’s a Dirty Job

Mike Rowe may have coined the phrase with his television show, yet we actually know what working in the waste industry on a daily basis is like. 

There are issues that plague our line of work just as it does others. Poorly trained employees and stressed managers affect company operations. Employee retention and job satisfaction can prove challenging. There can also be cultural and language barriers that can inhibit communicating job needs and expectations. Recruiting is a struggle in many lines of work, and understanding what is needed in the waste and recycling industry is not automatic. It takes training, dedication, and an understanding that this can be challenging work that’s provided as a service for others. 

A strong company culture means having management that do more than watch the trucks roll out. Training, continuing education, and appreciating employees makes all the difference. Clearly stating job expectations, recruiting from all communities, and seeking management candidates that can relate to workers can make the difference between punching the clock and carving out a career. 

The Investment

Businesses are always looking for a way to save a dollar. Cutting corners isn’t one of them we ascribe to. Illegal waste sites may be cheaper, but utilizing them is not doing the right thing. Investing in the right processes, landfill and recycling protocols, and proper machinery saves money in the long run. It means:

  • A reduction in waste volume
  • Waste is easier to transport
  • Better efficiency at all points of operations
  • Less sanitary hazards
  • Improved safety for employees and clients 

No one wants extra trips to the landfill, or to face fines for improperly disposing trash. And above all else, we must care for the land we’ve been entrusted with. Keeping it affordable and efficient means doing the work and the right thing––always. 

Pollution and Climate Change 

Trash doesn’t just disappear all on its own. It takes all of us, working together to be good stewards of our environment and work toward sustainability. Land pollution happens when waste ends up on soil rather than being processed correctly. Plastics and chemicals that make their way into our bodies of water contaminate it for people to drink and the creatures who call it home. Air pollution: a major worldwide issue. Climate change and extreme weather are something we are battling not just locally but globally. 

This is why it’s critical to partner with a company like Northwest Refuse Service. We care about you. We care about our planet. We care about how we leave the world for the next generation. That’s why we are committed to ensuring sustainability even in our waste management strategies. If you want to learn more about how your provider handles waste, ask questions like:

  • What type of trash do you produce?
  • How are you disposing of it?
  • What do you do with single-stream recycling and cardboard? 

These questions directly affect your business’s environmental impact, and they definitely affect the way we choose to do business and the environmental consultants who helped us develop our responsible waste management practices. 

Business owners and property managers need waste management solutions that are efficient and affordable. Northwest Refuse Service can help evaluate and audit your current service and help you find strategies that best suit your needs. Contact us, and let’s talk about how we can help.