How Commercial Waste Collection Works in 5 Simple Steps

Are you looking for a way to make your company more sustainable and deal with waste management?

Finding the right way to go green at work can be tricky. While you could try and manage your waste on your own by searching your city’s website for its schedule of bulk pick-up, there is a simpler solution.

When it comes to commercial waste collection, Generated Materials Recovery handles your recycling needs to make the process smoother.

What exactly can you recycle? Here are a few common industrial needs and how their recycling process works:

Building a more eco-friendly company with greener practices doesn’t have to be complicated!

Below, we’ve put together a simple guide to the 5 steps involved in commercial waste collection.

The 5 Simple Steps to Commercial Waste Collection

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1. Identify Your Company’s Goals

First and foremost, it is important to know the goals you want to achieve with commercial waste collection services. For example, you may ask:

  • What type of waste are you looking to get rid of? 
  • How often do you predict you will need to have this waste picked up? 

These are just a few things to consider when understanding what your company needs when it comes to commercial waste collection.

When meeting with the company you’ve contacted for your waste management, discuss the goals that you have in mind so they understand your business. This also helps both of you prepare for the next step in the process

Typically, a recycling company will want to see your facility to better understand what your needs are and how to meet them. Additionally, getting a visual perspective of your physical office tells them what space you will have for potential on-site recycling equipment.

2. Plan a Strategy with a Recycling Company

Once it’s clear what needs should be met to achieve your company goals, a recycling company can help you build a custom plan on how to go about handling all of the services you need.

After discussing your goals, you and your recycling servicer can then build a strategy. Often, this strategy will depend both on your goals as well as the materials you’re disposing of. Be it recycling for wood pallets or scraps of metal, there is a strategy for you.

Overall, the plan you build will detail each step of your custom process so that you can easily understand it. This includes the equipment that you may require and the schedule of when your materials can be picked up.

To get a detailed plan for equipment, transportation and all commodities for your manufacturing or industrial business, contact Generated Materials Recovery for a customized proposal.

3. Secure On-Site Collection Equipment

Once you have a plan in place, the next step is getting the necessary equipment, which is provided by your recycling company. Some factors that go into equipment is the availability of on-site space, as well as the materials you’re recycling. While on-site equipment isn’t always necessary, it can reduce hauls greatly if proper equipment is chosen for the commodity.

What kind of equipment may be necessary for you? This can vary on the needs of your business. Examples of on-site equipment can include cardboard balers and shredders.

A baler can save space when it comes to waste management. These machines are intended to press together materials such as cardboard and soft plastics.  On the other hand, shredders tear apart materials and are intended for large shredding jobs.

Other types of recycling equipment are used for collecting recycled materials. These include receiver boxes, tilt toppers, and more. This equipment makes collection much easier.

4. Set a Schedule for Collection

When making your plan, you’re going to set up a schedule for what days you need materials collected. Or, you may choose to call in for service as needed if volumes are less predictable. Again, this will vary depending on the needs of your company and what it is you’re recycling.

Your hired recycling company takes care of the entire collection process. On the dates you choose to have the materials collected, you can expect a truck to arrive and take away the recyclables.

Once all of your waste is collected, it is then taken to a recycling facility to be processed and properly recycled.

5. Stay Up-to-Date With Your Recycling Needs

As with any business, change is necessary. This is why keeping up to date with commercial waste collection is important.

For example, perhaps at some point you need more cardboard recycled and less plastic materials collected. This is an important change to discuss with your recycling company. Any necessary changes can be made accordingly.

Get Started by Hiring a Waste Collection Company Today!

Now that you know what goes into the waste management process, it is much easier to get started on integrating it into your company. However, you’re going to need a waste collection company to help you.

Our team at Generated Materials Recovery (GMR) offers a variety of services for manufacturing and industrial recycling needs. Unlike other waste management companies, we at GMR specialize in M&I waste solutions.

We also know that recycling isn’t the core of your business so find easy managing solutions that won’t get in your way. After all, your success is our success!

To learn more about commercial waste collection, contact us today by filling out our contact form at the bottom of our homepage. 

You can also call us at (602) 353 9411. We look forward to helping you find that creative recycling solution you’ve been looking for.


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