Recycling Contamination Changes

by Erik Makinson

Across the state of Washington, recycling haulers are starting to charge recycling contamination fines… and they’re adding up. We recently spoke with a site in Seattle that was paying over $2,000 in contamination charges each month! Depending on where you are, what is considered contaminated will be different. Some items might be considered recyclable in one area, while not recyclable in another area.

We've compiled a few resources to help you determine what will be considered contamination.

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Energy Efficiency in a COVID-19 Era

by Haakon Haakenson

In our previous post, “4 Keys to a Successful Recycling Program,” Erik outlined the importance of capital, time, knowledge, & motivation in the implementation of recycling programs. All four of these key elements also apply to the successful implementation of energy efficiency projects, but in my experience, the biggest barrier to an Energy Efficiency project happening is not a lack of knowledge, motivation or time… it’s capital. In fact, the #1 point that a project stalls or dies is when capital is requested. In a COVID-19 world, the challenges associated with securing capital are magnified significantly.

COVID-19: An Unprecedented Challenge

No single private citizen, small business, corporation, or government could have predicted the full scope & continually unfolding circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Given the current situation, most entities are strapped for cash. They...Read More

​4 Keys to a Successful Recycling Program

by Erik Makinson

Over the past 12 years, I have had the opportunity to work with many companies that are interested in implementing recycling programs. What I’ve found is that successful programs, those that maximize capture rates and minimize contamination, are supported by four common elements.

Coincidentally, these are also the barriers which impede the success of most organizations’ programs – if they launch at all.

These elements are:
  • Capital
  • Time
  • Knowledge
  • Motivation

Interestingly, I’ve found it’s not enough to simply have two or three of these elements in place.  If an organization is missing even one of the four, the program won’t realize its full potential.

Let’s explore each element further.

Capital – Everyone expects energy or water efficiency initiatives to require capital, but the fact of the matter is that changing the flow of an organization’s was...Read More