As global warming effects intensify and stakeholder demands for sustainable business practices grow, reporting on commercial waste practices becomes essential. Commercial waste refers to trash and recycling produced by stores, restaurants, hotels, office buildings, schools, and other commercial buildings.
City, county, or state regulations may dictate waste reporting requirements for your commercial building, depending on its location. At Keter, we ensure our commercial clients follow the local and federal waste reporting regulations specific to each facility’s location.
Knowing if you've exhausted every opportunity to reduce your facility's waste can be difficult for property owners seeking sustainability and business efficiency. Beyond commercial waste reporting, we help commercial companies divert waste from landfills, reduce their contribution to greenhouse gas emissions, and conserve resources—and we can show you how.
Importance of Tracking Waste
Traditionally, businesses and corporations did not prioritize or invest effort in considering their waste streams beyond simply disposing of their trash. Sustainable waste management has become increasingly important, however, as industries across the globe work towards a more sustainable world. Tracking waste streams within your organization is necessary for creating sustainable change, and it’s the first step towards reporting on your sustainability successes.
Waste Reduction Benefits
Commercial property owners may benefit from reducing their waste by receiving tax credits for achieving certain sustainability measures. At Keter, we help our clients increase recycling in their facilities to reduce commercial trash disposal costs and achieve sustainability goals.
Waste Tracking Technology
Supported by our proprietary technology, we help our clients understand their waste streams, reduce trash costs, and negotiate waste and recycling services appropriate to their waste removal needs. Our advanced technology platform also helps streamline the tracking, reporting, and sharing waste data with regulatory bodies and stakeholders.
Waste Best Practices
The primary tenets of commercial waste best practices center on prevention and recycling.
Prevention—Effective waste reduction begins with less waste generation. Companies should establish guidelines that encourage less company-wide waste generation. For example, combining company supply orders can decrease transportation and packaging waste.
Donation—Companies can save on storage and disposal costs by donating materials or products to others who will use them. For instance, hotels and restaurants can donate excess food to local food banks.
Recycling—Beyond diverting materials from the landfill, recycling supplies materials for creating new products and saves energy. To increase recycling in your facility, the EPA recommends focusing on availability and engagement.
- Availability refers to the systems you establish to ensure employees and patrons recycle within your facility. It also includes recycling programs that are accessible locally and regionally.
- Engagement means the ways you create and sustain employee support for your recycling initiatives. For example, the kick-off events, challenges, recognitions, and ongoing communication sustain employee awareness and participation in your initiatives.
Partnerships— At Keter, we recognize the challenges busy commercial owners and managers face when establishing sustainable waste and recycling programs. Companies that choose Keter as their commercial waste solution find our management and waste reporting services create easy and cost-effective sustainability solutions. Reach out to us, and we’ll show you how.
Commercial Waste Solutions
At Keter, we work to divert as much waste from landfills as possible by optimizing recycling practices in commercial facilities. We assist companies in establishing connections with vendors who are dedicated to collecting, removing, and diverting their byproducts. Finally, we help companies report on their sustainability successes to satisfy stakeholders and ensure compliance with ESG regulations.
Our comprehensive waste management and reporting services assist commercial companies in earning leading sustainability certifications, like Energy Star, LEED, and Zero Waste.
Keter commercial waste management services are scalable to your needs and can include any number of the following aspects:
- Audits and assessments of waste and recycling programs
- Tracking waste management and reporting of waste streams
- Creating new systems to reduce and prevent waste
- Sourcing vendors to remove waste and recycling
- Managing vendor billing
- Following changing sustainability recommendations and regulations
- Moderating equipment selection, installation, and maintenance