POINTS TO CONSIDER WHEN CHOOSING A WASTE HAULER
Many businesses choose their own waste hauler for the trash
Oftentimes the hauler will take care of both waste and
recycling. While some local areas require or limit the hauler
that businesses choose, business owners who are able should
choose a responsible and appropriate hauler that meets each
of their needs.
you to select a separate waste hauler
that specializes in this area.
talking to other businesses about their waste hauler. Talk to
other businesses similar to yours in size and scope.
conducting a waste sort or some kind of analysis of the waste
you generate. The
more information you have about the volume and type of waste and
recyclables generated, the better decision you can make. Waste
haulers can also make a more specific contract quote with this
kind of detail.
Shop around for
haulers. Get quotes
and details from several companies.
Information from the Waste Hauler
the waste hauler handles waste overflow or other businesses that
share the same waste receptacle.
scheduling during holidays or inclement weather.
If the waste
hauler does pickup recycling, inquire about any rebates or fee
reductions based on the type of recyclables you collect.
Consider developing two separate contracts for waste and
recycling, if it is beneficial to the business.
motivation of the hauler to reduce waste and
extra hauling requirements.
Haulers should support more recycling and less waste
generation by attempting to decrease waste pickups and increase
materials recovery facility that the waste hauler is using for
out if the MRF has any contamination policies, which could
increase the amount of recyclables accepted.
Ask how the
hauler charges for services.
Some haulers charge by volume and weight; others charge a
flat fee based on collection frequency and the types of
containers provided. Make sure the hauler is
very clear on how the charges are applied.
Choosing a waste hauler with a contract that meets your needs
ensures responsible waste management from both parties.
As you develop or consider a contract, clarify the waste
haulers policy on the following:
frequency, schedule, and provided materials
and renewal policy
container needs based on fluctuating waste or recyclable volume
labeling and placement
increases during contract period
savings, revenue, or rebates from recyclables
on waste and recycling material
If you are using the
larger containers that are hauled direclty to the disposal
facility / landfill, include provisions that allow you to
randomly spot check or routinely weigh the containers of trash
before the hauler pulls them for emptying. This will provide a
check and balance for reconciling waste weights which can
be an area of huge controversy unless it is addressed upfront.
in writing the means by which you will be assured that your
trash weights will be matched up correctly with your account.
Will the dump receipts be 'time, date and weight stamped' and a
copy of those receipts included in the billings?
accept proposals from haulers until you find one that meets the
needs of your business.
assumptions about the hauler’s services.
Read carefully over their contract and suggest
alterations for provisions that do not meet your needs or
review the renewal terms from each hauler.
Some companies immediately renew a contract unless
otherwise contacted by the generator.
provisions that allow the waste hauler to increase rates during
or include provisions that protect the business in case of unsatisfactory
performance of the hauler
including minimum performance standards or requirements within
Make note of
the termination conditions, in the event
you sell or move the
Except for unusual
circumstances such as the service area only having one hauler to
choose from it is almost always better to be on a month to month
arrangement with a hauler. This is especially true if the hauler
agreement is extremely one-sided and the hauler is unwilling to
make changes to the agreement that are more favorable to their