3 tips for efficient waste disposal at your office building

Sep 13, 2021

Commercial real estate

If you’re a property manager or in charge of maintenance for a commercial office building, you have to make practical decisions every day.

Your decisions can impact your building’s real estate value, your tenants, your employees, and even your neighboring business establishments. (No pressure, right?)

And those who assume that decisions about things like waste and recycling processes are “no-brainers,” haven’t walked a mile in your shoes. Because you know there’s no such thing as a “no-brainer” decision when you’re managing an office full of people from a wide array of business backgrounds.

So, at least when it comes to waste and recycling, here are a few tips for how to make the best decisions for everyone involved:

1. Properly assess your waste accumulation

This assessment should ideally go beyond counting how many office trash cans your building has, or knowing how often your dumpsters get full. You might consider also paying attention to what types of materials are most commonly being disposed of.

Are most of your tenants businesses that require a lot of deskwork? If so, you’ll likely see an influx of paper and printing products in your garbage and recycling bins. These materials are usually pretty small and lightweight, which means you can afford for a little more of them to accumulate between each load.

On the other hand, if your tenants are businesses that deal in manufacturing or artistry of any kind, they may be disposing of wood, glass, or other heavier, larger objects. If that’s the case, you should probably consider scheduling two or more regular pickups a week.

2. Administer communal waste disposal protocols

Make sure everyone is on the same page and is well aware of how to properly dispose of specific items in your building.

If your office building practices recycling, make sure each office space is supplied with enough recycling bins, and pass out detailed information on exactly what is and isn’t recyclable in your area.

Or, if you rely on your tenants to take their own trash to the dumpsters, make sure they all know exactly which days trash gets picked up.

Efforts like these may take some reminding. Use email blasts, info packets, regular updates (like newsletters), or any other form of communication necessary. Just make sure everyone is on the same page when it comes to processes and protocols.

Communication is key to efficient waste and recycling disposal.

3. Choose between dumpsters and a compactor

If you manage a building with a large enough number of tenants and a large enough amount of waste output, it might be time to consider upgrading from commercial dumpsters to a trash compactor.

If you think your building might fall into this category, but you’re not quite sure, check out this article to make an educated determination.

And of course, if you’re a property management company that’s looking for waste and recycling services that offer the most value for your budget, look no further. We would be happy to help you out!

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