Show Your Waste Program Some Love This Valentine’s Day

valentinesdayLove is in the air, accompanied by an influx of restaurant reservations, gift buying and celebrating that substantially increases the amount of waste generated. All the romance that comes with the year’s most love-filled holiday can result in an uptick in your waste management program.

More than 124 million adults in the U.S. celebrate Valentine’s Day each year. That’s a lot of people and that can equally amount to a lot of trash. With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, there’s so much to consider as you prepare your business for the burst of activity. The increase in shopping, shipping and food preparation can lead to additional waste needs, however planning for those additional needs is something that can often get overlooked.

Here are three tips to keep your business’ waste program running smoothly this Valentine’s Day.

  1. Be prepared! Depending on your business, you may see an uptick in waste leading up to Valentine’s Day or the day-of. Increased demand not only means more business for you, but more waste as well. If you’re a flower shop manager, you’re likely going to see an increase in orders the week prior to the holiday and you’ll need to make sure you’re ready to handle the waste from increased production; conversely, if you’re a restaurant owner, it’s likely that your reservation list will be maxed out the day-of (and this year with Valentine’s Day falling on Friday, you’ll likely see an increased flow into the weekend days) and you’ll want to ensure you’re ready to handle extra food waste.

Here are a few things to consider as you get your business ready to handle an uptick in your waste and recycling needs:

  • Do you have the appropriate equipment?
  • How will the extra product and supplies you’re using impact your current waste and recycling needs? Depending on the size of your program, you may need extra equipment or additional hauler pickups to help ensure your business’ waste isn’t overflowing from the busy holiday.
  • Do you have any special waste requirements or needs based on the increased production? For example, do you need additional equipment to handle more food waste to ensure you don’t run into a health and safety issue with disposal?
  1. Get staff involved. Maintaining optimal production during a busy holiday can get tricky, but with the right planning measures in place you’ll be able to maintain an efficient operation. Once you identify your additional waste management needs, it’s time to fill in your staff on updated procedures to make sure everything runs smoothly. An increase in sales and guests doesn’t have to mean chaos with your waste program!
  2. Consider a managed waste service provider. A managed waste service provider takes the hassle out of waste management by becoming a centralized source for all of your waste needs. The provider can customize a solution to fit your needs across all of your locations and continually monitor for adjustments and cost savings – especially around key holiday’s like Valentine’s Day. This means you have one point of contact and one invoice for all of your waste management needs.
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