Customer Stories - McDonald's

Waste metering™ helps McDonald’s cut costs by 31% while reducing carbon emissions

Customer Stories - McDonald's

Waste metering™ helps McDonald’s cut costs by 31% while reducing carbon emissions

McDonald's

McDonald’s is always looking for new and innovative ways to drive cost savings and meet sustainability goals around reducing emissions, keeping waste out of landfills and being better recyclers. Now McDonald’s in Las Vegas is pioneering the next evolution of cutting spend and driving sustainability with Compology’s waste metering™ technology in partnership with Global Trash Solutions.

Compology’s smart in-dumpster cameras powered by artificial intelligence take images inside McDonald’s dumpsters 3 times a day and at every service event, capturing the key data points of dumpster fullness, service activity, and content and contamination. By knowing how full their dumpsters are and when they are being serviced, GTS and McDonald’s can rightsize their service levels, in other words, match their waste and recycling service levels to their actual waste output, helping them cut monthly waste spend by 31 percent. This translates to a 14X return on their investment in waste metering technology!

31%

less monthly waste spend

$3,321

per dumpster saved annually

14X

ROI OF TECHNOLOGY

Adjusting service schedules not only saves McDonald’s money, but also reduces the miles traveled by the garbage trucks servicing each location. Across their Las Vegas locations alone, they’re reducing garbage truck miles traveled by about 8,000 miles each year — roughly the equivalent of a truck driving from the northern tip of Canada to the southern tip of Mexico – all of North America! This translates to the reduction of carbon emissions by 32 metric tons, or 640,000 pounds of CO2.

Waste metering has also identified that 25% of their dumpsters are contaminated with non-recyclable materials, and the teams now automatically get alerted when there is contamination in a recycling dumpster, such as a trash bag in a cardboard recycling dumpster. This allows them to take corrective action in real time while educating employees on best practices. By having cleaner streams, the team is improving its current diversion rate of 48% across all
Las Vegas locations.

The cameras have really streamlined [recycling] and provided accountability for us, but also for our suppliers and the haulers that we work with.

Brent Bohn, Owner of WBF Management

McDonald’s is always looking for new and innovative ways to drive cost savings and meet sustainability goals around reducing emissions, keeping waste out of landfills and being better recyclers. Now McDonald’s in Las Vegas is pioneering the next evolution of cutting spend and driving sustainability with Compology’s waste metering™ technology in partnership with Global Trash Solutions.

Compology’s smart in-dumpster cameras powered by artificial intelligence take images inside McDonald’s dumpsters 3 times a day and at every service event, capturing the key data points of dumpster fullness, service activity, and content and contamination. By knowing how full their dumpsters are and when they are being serviced, GTS and McDonald’s can rightsize their service levels, in other words, match their waste and recycling service levels to their actual waste output, helping them cut monthly waste spend by 31 percent. This translates to a 14X return on their investment in waste metering technology!

Adjusting service schedules not only saves McDonald’s money, but also reduces the miles traveled by the garbage trucks servicing each location. Across their Las Vegas locations alone, they’re reducing garbage truck miles traveled by about 8,000 miles each year — roughly the equivalent of a truck driving from the northern tip of Canada to the southern tip of Mexico – all of North America! This translates to the reduction of carbon emissions by 32 metric tons, or 640,000 pounds of CO2.

Waste metering has also identified that 25% of their dumpsters are contaminated with non-recyclable materials, and the teams now automatically get alerted when there is contamination in a recycling dumpster, such as a trash bag in a cardboard recycling dumpster. This allows them to take corrective action in real time while educating employees on best practices. By having cleaner streams, the team is improving its current diversion rate of 48% across all
Las Vegas locations.

The cameras have really streamlined [recycling] and provided accountability for us, but also for our suppliers and the haulers that we work with.

Brent Bohn, Owner of WBF Management

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