Articles about Waste

New Branding and New Services

Posted 25 May 2017 by Richard Gardiner

Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings. Drawing is the honesty of the art. Salvador Dali Today Total Utilities announces its new branding. Over the last 18 years we have worked hard to assist companies in controlling consumption and cost. It's an exciting day for us and we are proud to share this with you. From today you'll see a change in the way we look, including our new ribbon logo. The spherical shape represents the whole as we take a 360 degree approach to understanding our clients and their utility requirements, whether it be Energy, Waste and ICT or Insights,...
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Evaluating Waste Services

Posted 22 February 2016 by Jonathan Gardiner

Businesses need to get the best possible pricing and contract terms for utilities such as water, power and rubbish collection. But once costs are minimised, improved utilisation becomes critical to extracting greater value. A formal, independent audit process is the best way of identifying quick wins. Why perform an audit now? In the past two years the waste services marketplace has experienced aggressive price-cutting by major suppliers. Now they are differentiating themselves with srvice offerings, and their customers need to understand how. In recent months two vertically...
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Commerce Commission Rules on Unfair Terms

Posted 6 May 2015 by Richard Gardiner

The recent Commerce Commission ‘ruling’ on Unfair Contract Terms for utilities is great news for businesses. Total Utilities has been negotiating utility agreements since 1999 and a recurring bugbear for us in the past 16 years has been the use of automatic contract roll-over and right of renewal/price-matching provisions by some suppliers to constrain effective competition. Put bluntly, these clauses have been used as a ‘hospital pass’ by the suppliers in question to avoid a level competitor playing field – especially in the waste services/recyclables and natural gas...
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College spends 44% less on waste and cuts through contract fine print

Posted 2 December 2014 by Jonathan Gardiner

Earlier this year Tamaki College’s executive officer, Neil McEnteer had no hesitation in handing over the school’s waste contract to Total Utilities for review.  Since his first dealings with the utilities experts in 2012, Neil had seen the college benefit from significant savings across electricity, gas and telecoms bills. He remembers being quietly confident of another good result. “In a sector where budgets are very tight, it is important keep costs to a minimum,” said Neil. “Every dollar we save is a dollar more we can spend on teaching and learning. “Unless you are...
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Five ways to save money on waste

Posted 2 December 2014 by Jonathan Gardiner

Jonathan Gardiner shares some ways to save money on waste management at your organisation: How full are your bins? If bins are regularly being picked up half or two thirds full consider increasing the size of your bin to reduce the number of pick-ups and cut transport and tipping charges. Are you paying for pick-ups you don’t need? Going into the long summer holidays, make sure your pick-up regime reflects the drop in the amount of waste generated over the next two months. If your scheduled pick-ups remain unchanged, you’ll most likely be paying for empty bins to be...
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New waste water tariffs impact on schools and business

Posted 23 September 2013 by Jonathan Gardiner

The way that Aucklanders pay for their waste water is set to change from June 2014.  This will impact on the financial reality for many schools and businesses over the next four years. Getting in and being proactive about these changes will allow organisations to manage their water budget better during the transitional period between now and June 2016, advised Jonathan Woodbridge Buys, Energy and Environment Technology Associate at Total Utilities. Why are water tariffs changing? The unification of Auckland brought together seven local councils and their water services, with many...
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Brokering a deal

Posted 3 September 2012 by Richard Gardiner

Marc Wendelborn looks at why negotiating new utilities contracts doesn’t have to be a painful process. Negotiating supply contracts for electricity, natural gas, waste, and telecommunications is no fun.  You have to do your homework, have meetings with potential suppliers, negotiate a mine-field of small print, and possibly still not get the best deal available. This is where a utilities broker can be useful.  A broker can provide unbiased, expert advice on the services and pricing across all suppliers, answering questions such as which retailer you should buy from, how to...
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Schools Cut Utilities Bills by $620,000

Posted 20 February 2012 by Richard Gardiner

At a time when every sector in New Zealand is feeling the pinch, 102 schools across New Zealand have found a way of making their money go further.  Part of the solution for a large number of primary, intermediate and high school business managers has been to bring in specialist services to negotiate their power, gas and waste services contracts to make sure that their schools are not paying over the odds. According to school business managers, bringing in third parties makes sense on a number of levels.  Having to deal with a wide range of different tasks is one of the challenges...
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