Paying for waste disposal services is a part of life, from small businesses taking out the trash to municipalities and big businesses negotiating with hauling companies. Many of these organizations are shocked when they discover they can save money by diverting part of it to food waste recycling. Today, we’d like to share a story from one of the many clients who saw savings when switching over to food waste recycling, along with a host of other benefits.
George from Ahold Delhaize
Ahold Delhaize is a large food retail group with over 20 brands and 7,000 stores worldwide; they focus on sustainability on the individual, company, and global scale. We’re proud to work with them on their food waste, including reducing the costs for greenhouse gas and climate initiatives and navigating the food waste bans of several states. Here’s what our company contact George had to say:
“Working with Agri-Cycle, our food waste recycling costs are roughly at parity with solid waste costs. Over the long run, we have seen solid waste costs – tip fees – continue to climb while food waste recycling costs have been fairly steady. The more successful we are at getting all our food waste into recycling bins, the better the comparison gets.
“The ability to capture and recycle food waste in packages reduces our labor by not having to separate packaged from unpackaged food waste. Agri-Cycle’s ability to take all of our food waste, including greases and other liquids, keeps the mess, smell, and pest issues out of our compactors, allowing us to extend the time between compactor pulls.”
You can learn more about Ahold Delhaize’s commitment to sustainability here.
How Does It Cost Less to Switch to Food Waste Recycling?
It’s a common misconception that adding food waste recycling services (and sustainable practices in general) means you incur additional costs. However, the opposite is often true. Learn more about how costs have changed as well as other perks of making the switch.
- Rising Landfill Tipping Fees: Landfill tip or gate fees continue to rise – after all, the space is finite. This, coupled with measures to reduce landfill use, means an ever-increasing cost compared to AD/Composting options that remain steady as new facilities and technologies are developed.
- Dumpster and Compactor Savings: By separating your food waste, you keep dumpster and compactor use down. This results in drier and more compact use of these containers (not to mention less smelly), with heavier food waste going to a cheaper outlet with us!
- Better Understanding of Your Waste: Separating your food waste means measuring your food waste. This means your team can highlight the problem, improve reduction techniques, and inform purchasing teams. Tracking it all also means it’s easier to show your customers (and any green initiatives you might be in) how you’re doing on sustainability.
If you’re interested in exploring food waste recycling for your organization, Agri-Cycle can help. With our large scale of services, and a service area spanning Maine to Maryland, we’re often comparable – or cheaper – in price to your current waste solutions, and this isn’t even counting the reducing the larger costs to the US as a whole. From direct food waste disposal to consultation on reducing your impact, contact Agri-Cycle today to get started by getting a quote or calling us at 1-800-850-9560.