What are the most common waste control issues faced by a community?
All communities have trash or recycle problems at one point or another. The most common issues are:
- Trash hauler over service: Communities can be over-serviced by their local trash hauler, causing them to pay for more bins or trash pickups than needed. Often communities are unaware or do not have the expertise to calculate the correct amount of trash hauler service required.
- Miscalculating Maintenance Soft Costs: Communities may not consider the soft costs of having maintenance personnel spend endless hours cleaning up trash and/or breaking down large items.
- Hidden Fees: Communities may not consider the real costs of waste control when evaluating solutions. Waste control costs include: trash hauler service fees, large item removal charges, hazardous waste removal costs, janitorial costs, waste auditor costs and disposal subsidies (such as vendors/contractors using community trash bins to dispose of debris).
- Recycling Programs: Communities must implement recycling programs to meet resident needs and fulfill state requirements.
Which communities can benefit from Strategic’s service?
All communities with trash problems can solve them with Strategic. Many larger communities with common area trash dumpsters can also save money. Communities benefit from Strategic’s on-site waste control and other specialized services to keep the area neat and tidy. Some large communities may not experience a “trash” problem but have an unknown expenditure problem. Savings for larger communities are net of Strategic’s Waste OptimizationTM service fees. Communities interested in clean common areas and saving money on waste-related costs cost should consider Strategic.
Can Strategic's service be customized to a community's needs?
Though communities face common issues, our services are always custom-tailored to each community’s specific needs. For example, a community may need more service days, they may want to implement a recycle program, or they may want quarterly pressure washings of waste enclosures. Every proposal accounts for your unique trash hauler needs and the recommended services for your community.
Can Strategic help a community with a recycle program?
Yes! Strategic develops, implements, and supports recycle programs by helping each community to evaluate its options in meeting the recent AB341 recycling law (effective as of 7/1/2012). With our help, nearly half of our customers have implemented new recycle programs! Specific options depend on your city and local trash hauler.
Who takes care of all the trash hauler service changes required to begin Strategic’s service?
Strategic will take care of all the necessary changes to the community. With the community’s permission, Strategic contacts the trash hauler to make pick-up changes. Strategic will also inform the community manager.
What makes us different
How is Strategic different from a trash hauler?
Strategic provides on-site waste control and does not replace the trash hauler We partner with the trash hauler to better manage community waste. Strategic also monitors trash hauler service to meet the community’s actual trash volume, minimizing fees for extra waste removal.
How is Strategic different from a waste auditor?
Strategic is quite different than traditional waste auditors, We provide daily and weekly on-site, labor-intensive services to control waste. Though our fees may seem similar, we offer much more than the typical auditing service. Auditors charge communities half of the savings resulting from their initial analyses and trash hauler adjustments, and then they leave the actual work to community personnel! Strategic’s work is included in our fee and we send people to your community to perform the labor. Whereas auditors keep their distance, we become part of your team to maximize the effectiveness of your community’s waste control, saving time and money.
What guarantee do I have that Strategic’s service will work?
Strategic’s service levels and waste control recommendations arise from your community’s specific needs viewed through years of experienced analysis. We are so confident that the recommendations will work that we do not require long-term contracts. Service cancellations can be made with 30 days’ notice, and trash hauler service can be returned to its original level at any time.
Savings and Costs
How do I know our community will save money?
We show you exactly how you will save with a free waste control analysis and proposal which identifies potential savings in trash removal and waste control costs. These savings then pay for the monthly service fee, with additional savings going straight to your community’s NOI. Once accepted, proposed changes begin saving you money before our first day on the job.
What are the “soft” cost savings?
Strategic frees community personnel from the hassle of waste control so that they can direct their attention to other resident needs. Because we also take care of large items and hazardous waste, we minimize the risk of injured personnel. We save you time and provides peace of mind.
How does Strategic calculate its fees?
Our fees are based on your needs. Strategic considers the number of residents, demographics, units, enclosures, trash and recycle bins, large items, and service levels. Fees and recommendations are calculated with the objective of maximizing your savings while keeping your community looking beautiful.
Are there any additional fees for services?
Strategic’s proposal for your community specifies a monthly fee for the services defined. Even so, you may request additional services as needed for an additional fee. For example, your community may only need pressure washing on an “as needed” basis. Every additional service is quoted for prior approval before work begins.
How often are services performed?
That depends on what would best serve you; our daily, weekly, monthly, and quarterly frequencies are defined by our in-depth analysis and suggested service, based on your particular waste control needs. We can also fine-tune the frequency of your services. For example, on-site service can occur 3, 4, or 5 times per week with large item pickup happening only once per week or every other week.
Do Strategic’s servicemen rummage through the trash?
Strategic instructs our servicemen not to dig or sift through trash. Occasionally, though, our crews will need to relocate space-wasting large items. In these cases, servicemen redistribute trash (using bags and gloves) from overfilled bins or reallocate recyclables to appropriate bins.
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