As we reflect on 2015 and plan for 2016, many look to understand the pressures that affected their year. While there were a wide variety of topics affecting the waste industry this year (see economics of recycling, ongoing commitments to CNG investments in the face of lower diesel rates, and exciting momentum toward reducing food waste), I wanted to write about a lesser publicized issue – illegal dumping.
Enevo began 5 years ago on the premise that technological advances could have a transformational impact on how we manage waste. Today this is a reality!
The CABA blog post last December, “Small Business Needs to Engage in Paris and Beyond” stated a clear call to action for small businesses to join the efforts toward reducing their impact climate change. However, the achievement of sustainability goals can sometimes seem overwhelming to small companies – there are drastic measures that need to be taken in order to reach the goals set in Paris at COP21.
Across the globe, presently we face a range of competing and conflicting challenges. Many of these could in some respects also be described as a series of “black swan” moments. The term “black swan” was coined by Nassem Taleb to describe events that come as a surprise and have a major impact but are also often rationalized after the fact to hindsight.
More sophisticated and effective food packaging has increased our culinary options, allowing more out of season and exotic foodstuffs to be available all year round. This is great if you’re looking to grab something interesting to eat over your lunch break, but it isn’t necessarily good news once this packaging becomes waste.
Over the last two decades, technology has slowly but constantly become more embedded in our lives. As this has happened, this has also led to the costs continuing to fall, while the range of potential uses has dramatically increased.
A common perception of the Waste and Recycling industry is that it is very conservative, utilizing tried-and-true methods with little appetite for change.
Hearts for the Homeless, is a not-for-profit charitable organization, set up in 1990 to feed the homeless in Buffalo, New York. Over the years, the organization has expanded to include collecting textiles, textile recycling and selling lightly used clothes. In considering ways to help the organization scale and grow their collection activities, they turned to Enevo to see if we could help them use data to increase efficiency and support future growth.
It's done! You've signed a contract, compiled a list of sites and number of waste bins at each, and set a weekly pickup schedule with the hauler. You have all your ducks in a row, how could anything go wrong?
Mother Nature has a fun theory about that.
Attending RFMA was a valuable way to make dozens of new connections with industry professionals and attend informative sessions. A session I attended revolved around how the Internet of Things (IOT) can provide practical uses for a restaurant facilities manager, and made me reflect on how data collection is currently being used.