Waste Reduction For Supermarkets
We Have Vendors that can handle your Recycling, Composting and Solid Wastes
A recently completed a study of solid waste management practices in American supermarkets and found that these stores generate and accumulate about 11.4 tons of solid waste per week. This consists of cardboard boxes, meat and vegetable trimmings, empty wooden produce boxes, and miscellaneous other types of waste. These wastes must be handled efficiently, following good sanitation practices, to minimize adverse impact on the receipt, storage and sale of foodstuffs. Much of the wastes generated at retail food stores are recyclable and/or reusable, but often wasted.
This is a lot of waste and Lincoln Waste Solutions has worked with the retail waste management sector to develop a comprehensive waste audit designed to ensure that all of your waste solutions are optimized and your waste spend is reduced. Resource recovery efforts by food stores in many areas of the country have not been adopted due to such problems as lack of space, undeveloped markets for recycled materials, and undocumented cost data as well as too many dumpsters or rental roll-off and too frequent pickups by the managed haulers.
Recognizing the diversity of problems and the lack of information pertinent to retail food store solid waste management, Lincoln Waste Solutions has partnered with over 7,000 unique vendors to handle your recycling, composting and waste outsourcing. These vendors include trash brokers, waste brokers and competitive trash haulers all who specialize in the retail waste management business. Lincoln Waste assesses your current solid waste management practices and formulates an alternative solid waste management system that is applicable for each of your locations. Needs are different for each supermarket and you will be designated an account manager whose job is to optimize your waste spend and make sure your dumpsters are just being filled the day they are due to be picked up.
It is important to note that quantitatively, recyclable paper and cardboard comprised between 41-68% of the total waste quantities generated during the study. There was a substantial difference in the quantity of this waste type generated at the California stores surveyed versus the eastern stores, with the latter accumulating between 36 and 81 lbs. more cardboard per $1,000 of gross sales. This is why Lincoln Waste feels that every location is unique and we must complete a thorough was audit before we negotiate with competitive haulers.
Many stores employ stationary compactor systems, some used baler systems, some incinerator systems, some used a rolloff container system and one employed a pre-processing system. There are many different ways to handle your recycling and trash but the key is how to ensure that you are doing it I the most economical manner? Our detailed cost analyses are made of the existing waste management systems in each store. This information together with waste hauling costs, space costs, and revenue received from recyclable materials is then assembled to ascertain total costs for each location.
Once we have completed the audit we will guarantee you, in writing, a minimum of a 10% savings over your previous year's waste spend. Waste disposal represents a significant and growing business cost for the supermarket industry, particularly in locations where tipping fees range from $95 to $110 per ton. We know that as a retail sector, supermarkets operate on very slim profit margins. Since between 75 and 85 percent of the waste they generate is compostable or recyclable, sending their organics to large-scale composting operations or to farms for animal feed is a money-saving alternative to disposal, not to mention better for the environment.
We know that with our minimum ten percent savings we can save you at least $3,000 to $20,000 per location per year in disposal costs. Every penny we save, we share with you and we give you access to the hauler invoices so you can see what we are paying. The more we save, the more you save. Lincoln Waste Solutions helps boost your store's diversion rates and green image with an easy-to-use recycling program managed by your own account manager. You will never talk with a hauler again, one call for all of your locations.
Utilizing the economies of scale with solid waste hauling, Lincoln Waste Solutions delivers a customized waste pickup plan that revolves around your locations. Efficient C&D Recycling, where we will split the profits we will save you when ordering a roll-off or a dumpster, whenever you need to remodel, renovate or retool your restaurants, we will help you recoup a portion of your costs with smart C&D materials recycling.
Some of the supermarket chains who are actively embracing the use of waste brokers and a shared savings model include; Kroger, Safeway, Inc., SuperValu, Inc., Publix Super Markets, Inc., H.E. Butt Grocery Company, The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company, Inc., Giant Eagle, Whole Foods Market, Inc., Winn-Dixie Stores, Inc., Hy-Vee, Inc., Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA), Wegmans Food Markets, Inc., Save Mart Supermarkets, WinCo Foods LLC, Albertson's LLC, Ruddick Corp./Harris Teeter, Stater Bros. Holdings Inc., Roundy's Supermarkets, Inc., The Golub Corp. Price Chopper Supermarkets, Demoulas Market Basket, Inc, Ingles Markets, Inc, and Raley's Inc.
In the end, as with any change to structure, the main component of making waste reduction work is staff and customer involvement, as well as a partnership between you and Lincoln Waste. Implementing new products and programs without integrating a comprehensive training program, precluded by a waste audit, will result in failure. Most employees are excited to implement sustainable practices at the work, especially when they feel they are doing the next right thing in terms of helping the planet. Properly training them on the Lincoln Waste Solutions system will ensure that your new sustainability programs are accepted and successful.