The garbage collection industry is relatively straightforward, with the basics remaining largely the same from year to year. Innovations such as our eco-friendly dumpster mover become standard as companies recognize the benefits.
Even so, the industry does find itself periodically shifting in response to domestic and global changes. Here are some significant trends that are affecting waste collection today.
China’s Revised Import Policies
Many industry members point to China’s stringent new policies on importing recyclables as the biggest factor impacting garbage collection today. China once accepted up to half of the world’s scrap paper, plastic and metals, and the changes are leaving countries scrambling to find alternate means of disposal.
The Franchising Controversy
Smaller garbage collection companies fear that franchising, or zoned collection, will hurt their ability to compete on the open market. The largest such franchise to date in the U.S. is recycLA in Los Angeles, which works with Waste Management and six other service providers with a market of more than 70,000 customers.
Integration of Technology
Technology has been a game-changer in just about every industry, so it was only a matter of time before waste collection followed suit. In addition to the use of artificial intelligence and more sophisticated software, the industry will likely begin moving toward more electric or hybrid vehicles with an eye toward autonomous vehicles in the future.
The Zero Waste Debate
“Zero waste” has long been an industry buzzword, but there’s little consensus about what the term means beyond a reduced reliance on landfills.
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