In the city of Houston and the surrounding metropolitan area there are over 11,000 bars and restaurants. Many of these establishments have tons of recycling materials that are just tossed away in dumpsters. The question is why? Why are the vast majority of establishments not recycling their recyclable waste? Is it the cost of participating in a recycling program? Availability? Convenience? There certainly has to be a valid reason to throw away recyclable materials that can bring value to your business in Houston.
Houston is known for its Oil and Gas sector. The major oil and gas companies will spare no expense if there is oil to be extracted and that expense will bring it value. The oil and gas majors are maximizing every expense or investment to increase profit margins and they do this by investing in advance technology and highly skilled personnel. Houston’s restaurants and bars can take this same approach. Recycle their recyclable materials and that recyclable material is diverted to a facility to be purchased for recycling. In return they can receive a rebate on that material. That would be a great business model, a sustainable one at that.
So what is holding the vast majority of businesses back from adopting this strategy in Houston? Especially if you can decrease your waste cost by tens of thousands of dollars a year. There are a variety of materials that can be recycled including paper, plastic, aluminum, glass, cardboard, and grease. The answer is simple, it is an unconventional approach. This strategy is affordable, can reduce (save) on operational costs immediately, and maybe not the most important for some, it reduces your environmental impact. The problem it makes too much sense. Most businesses can justify their operational costs because they have been spending that amount for years, so it’s normal. However, the oil and gas sector in Houston is shrinking due to receding oil prices. That may affect business traffic. Instead of businesses scrabbling later to find savings, make that switch in strategy now to say in flow.
There are a few companies that are helping small and large businesses to recycle. They range from consultants, advisors, environmental services, and waste haulers. Such as www.greentransformationsllc.com a business that can develop a strategy for a recycling program that can bring your business money back in. Businesses need to think about what their objectives and goals are with incorporating a recycling program into their business model. Is it to reduce costs, save the environment, or is it a combination of reasons? That reason is what needs to be communicated to the business setting up the recycling program/services. Not all companies will give you a rebate on your recyclables. Fees can range as well depending on the business needs.
Recently the City of Houston was at a standstill on contract negotiations with Waste Management to continue receiving recycling services for the city. Fortunately a disruption in services was avoided after an agreement was reached, however glass is no longer accepted. That agreement mainly affects households. Imagine if City of Houston adopted a policy for businesses that requires them to recycle. That policy will have an associated cost that will be paid by a tax, fees, permits, and/or fines. Not to mention that recycling services prices would be elevated due to a surge in demand. Businesses can bypass all the headaches by getting out of line and taking an unconventional approach.