Waste

Total Utilities helps businesses to improve their waste handling systems and implement cost saving initiatives. We will provide you with expert guidance that identifies, evaluates and implements waste reduction methods and audit recommendations. We prioritise short-term savings whilst keeping in mind your long-term goals, in order to provide the greatest return on your investment.

Waste Audit

We review and challenge your business’ current waste processes by conducting an audit review. This audit covers a full analysis of how waste is handled within your company, and leads to identifying and evaluating possible cost-saving measures.

For example, as a business customer, one way you can save money is by sending less waste to landfill. This approach actually achieves greater savings than if you were to receive a reduction in the price of your waste services. It also is more long-term oriented and sustainable.

Commercial Contracts and Purchasing

As well as providing solutions that improve waste handling in your business, Total Utilities offers you a full RFP (request for proposal) management process for contracted waste services.

Aside from price, contracts in the waste industry can be heavily weighted in favour of the supplier. Contracts often include authorisation to pass on to the consumer increases in inflation, transport costs and tipping charges at short notice, on an annual, six-monthly, or even quarterly basis. By understanding the fine print, Total Utilities is well placed to assist your business to understand how these clauses could impact you and to negotiate more favourable terms.

As part of your waste audit, here are five simple questions that review your current waste situation and their potential solutions:

1. How full are your bins?

If your bins are regularly being picked up when they are only 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.

2. Are you paying for pick-ups you don’t need?

During holiday periods it is important to make sure your pick-up system reflects the drop in the amount of waste generated. Make sure you change your scheduled pick-ups so you don’t waste money by paying for the collection of empty bins!

3. What’s in your rubbish?

Carry out an audit of your site’s waste disposal process.  Compare what actually happens in practice to what is outlined in your company’s processes. Ask your waste company to supply a breakdown of the bin’s contents from a typical week and see if it all stacks up. This will give you some insight into whether you can reduce the amount of waste that ends up in the bin.

4. Are there price adjustment clauses written into your contract?

Check your contract’s fine print to see whether your waste company can pass on increased charges at short notice. If they can, make a note to renegotiate the small print once your contract comes up for renewal.

5. How long is your current pricing locked in for?

Make a note of your contract’s expiry date and count back 90 days. Don’t forget to give written notice of your intention to review pricing well in advance of the 90-day cut off, to avoid your current pricing being locked in for another three years.

If your pricing hasn’t changed for one or more contract terms, you will almost certainly be able to make savings on waste.

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