Strategies for Waste Collection on a Shoestring Budget • Mark Nedrow, Program Coordinator, Yakima County Public Works Dept./Solid Waste Div., 7151 Roza Hill Drive, Yakima, WA 98901
Introduction • How we reduce the cost of operating our Yakima County’s Moderate Risk Waste Collection Program.
Money Saving Measures We Use • Buy in bulk • Making minor repairs to equipment ourselves. • Bulking vs loosepacking. • Reuse of drums from local sources. • Stretch wrap vs 6ml bags for drum protection.
Money Saving Measures We Use • Fabricating equipment we need with in-house staff. • Shipping frequency and quantity vs. shipping charges. • Working manager.
Examples of what we buy in quantity • Absorbent Pads • Floor Dry • 1A2 Drums - Recon Vs New • 1A1 Drums for used motor oil/antifreeze • Misc.. PPE (gloves, respirator filters) • Stretch Wrap • Fluorescent Lamp Crusher Filters
Cost Savings • Floor Dry - buy by the pallet • PPE, including respirator filters, eye protection, various types of gloves, etc. • Buy stretch wrap by the case. • Reconditioned drums vs. new drums.
The Other Side of Buying in Bulk • Limited funds. • Limited storage space.
Things We Fix/Do to Avoid Operation Costs • Make repairs to our can crushers, e.g. replacing cylinders/hydraulic hoses. • Service our air filtering systems. • Fabricating and installing parts in equipment (bushings/piercing tool for Aerosolve unit). • Welding broken pieces, doing metal lathe work.
Final Thoughts • Saving money, by buying in bulk, is not always possible, particularly if you have a limited budget or limited storage space. • Not everyone is mechanically inclined or have the ability to make repairs to their equipment. • Most of us have access to drums from local sources - just need to find them.
Final Thoughts • Everyone has the ability to save money in their facility operations. While some savings may be small, they are still saving money. • Our program received and processed 1.75 million pounds of hazardous waste at a total program cost of $437,885.97