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Considerations for Contracting New Waste & Recycling Services

Logistics  •  Operations  •  Waste and Recycling  

Considerations for Contracting New Waste & Recycling Services

May 17, 2017, Roger Guzowski

When you contract for services, an important question is who owns your waste and recycling infrastructure? Do you expect your contractor to provide that infrastructure? Or do you own that infrastructure and provide it to your contractor to use during the term of the contract? It can become an important consideration.

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Planning for Summer Construction Projects

Logistics  •  Planning  •  Waste and Recycling  

Planning for Summer Construction Projects

January 09, 2017, Roger Guzowski

If you’re a campus planner or facilities administrator, summertime dreaming often means that you are scrambling to put the finishing touches on summer construction plans. This is often the final home stretch of a particular project that has been in process for years.

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Waste Awareness Campaigns

Logistics  •  Recycling Topics  •  Sustainability  

Waste Awareness Campaigns

December 09, 2016, Jenni Moon

The consumer psyche is complex and challenging to fully comprehend. Marketers work tirelessly to figure out ways to get people to change their spend patterns, all the while influencing people’s tastes and preferences. It’s no different when it comes to getting people to understand the magnitude of their impacts around waste.

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ADA and Its Impact on Recycling

Logistics  •  Recycling Topics  •  Waste and Recycling  

ADA and Its Impact on Recycling

July 27, 2016, Roger Guzowski

If you are a regular reader of this blog, you may have noticed that sometimes I don’t see things quite like other people in my field (if you are a longtime colleague of mine, you have just finished thinking “that’s an understatement” after reading the preceding sentence). One area where I often see things a little differently regards recycling regulations.

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Riding the Market

Logistics  •  Recycling Topics  •  Waste and Recycling  

Riding the Market

June 19, 2014, Roger Guzowski

Several months ago, I wrote a blog entry called “Knowing what you’ve got” to try to help people understand that recyclables are commodities and to encourage people to recognize the various grades of material they might have. However, in re-reading that post, I wanted to return to that topic to help people understand how to use that information to market their recyclables.

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Window of Opportunity

Best practices  •  Logistics  •  Waste and Recycling  

Window of Opportunity

June 10, 2014, Roger Guzowski

Sometimes timing is everything. Or if not everything, timing can sometimes have a significant impact on your program’s success.

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Storage: Recycling Logistics, Part 2

Landfill  •  Logistics  •  Waste and Recycling  

Storage: Recycling Logistics, Part 2

February 28, 2014, Roger Guzowski

Storing stuff, at least commercially, can be harder than you think. When you grow up with a family member that is a borderline hoarder, that can be a surprising realization. After all, if one person can store every issue of Consumer Reports since 1978 just in case they need to look up a review of something they buy at a yard/tag/garage sale (I wish I was making that part up), you would think that a campus of 10,000 could fairly easily store a trailer-load of baled paper in order to ship it to market.

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The Theory of Relativity, Part 2

Best practices  •  Logistics  •  Waste and Recycling  

The Theory of Relativity, Part 2

February 15, 2014, Roger Guzowski

Nothing exists in a vacuum. There are alternatives. The degree to which something is good or bad depends on what you compare it to. We need to stop thinking in black and white terms, and embrace the shades of gray. And by shades of gray, I am referring to the full spectrum of alternatives, not the E.L. James bestsellers that cause me to get funny looks from some clerks when I go to the hardware store to buy electrical cord zip ties.

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The Theory of Relativity, Part 1

Best practices  •  Logistics  •  Recycling Topics  

The Theory of Relativity, Part 1

February 06, 2014, Roger Guzowski

I think this issue of relativity is something that needs to be addressed in the recycling and sustainability industry. Too often we throw around terms. We declare that something is sustainable, that something is “green,” that something will save money, or will save energy. Or conversely, we ask whether something is one of those things. But, too often, we fail to give context. The truthfulness of our statements or the answers to our questions may depend on what we compare something to. Context and alternatives matter.

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Impact of Recycling, Part 2

Best practices  •  Logistics  •  Recycling Process  

Impact of Recycling, Part 2

November 07, 2013, Roger Guzowski

As I have said in several presentations, if the only thing you care about is keeping stuff out of the landfill, littering works as well as recycling or any other sustainable resource management activity. At some point, we need to look beyond keeping stuff out of the landfill and really look at the impact of what we are doing. What are the financial impacts of your alternatives? What are the environmental impacts or the social impacts?

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Impact of Recycling, Part 1

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Impact of Recycling, Part 1

November 01, 2013, Roger Guzowski

Why do you recycle? At some point, we have to talk about impact. Because not all recycling is created equal. How you recycle stuff matters. In some cases it matters as much if not more than whether you recycle at all.

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Recycling PET Clamshells

Best practices  •  Logistics  •  Waste and Recycling  

Recycling PET Clamshells

March 14, 2013, Roger Guzowski

The clear plastic clamshell. Other than bottled water, I’m not sure anything instills a more divisive reaction on campus. It is the darling of many to-go food packagers and dining managers for its display properties, a chance to showcase the care that went into making a food item. For many campus diners, it allows for portability and mobility for a wide variety of dietary choices, not just the previously available paper-wrapped deli sandwich. Yet clamshells have also been the bane of many campus environmental groups, a very visual sign of the wastes associated with grab-n-go dining, and the target of many environmental initiatives.

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I Want a Pony: Recycling Logistics, Part 1

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I Want a Pony: Recycling Logistics, Part 1

February 20, 2013, Roger Guzowski

Wanting to divert something is very different than being able to viably do so. Without an understanding of logistics, you run the risk that your recycling/solid waste/sustainable materials management master plan has little more viability than a condo-dwelling child’s “I want a pony” wish list to Santa.

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