Sustainability | 12.21.20

Live on CNN: Why McDonald’s restaurants are putting cameras in their dumpsters

by compology

Sustainability | 12.21.20

Live on CNN: Why McDonald’s restaurants are putting cameras in their dumpsters

by compology

Live on CNN: Why McDonald’s restaurants are putting cameras in their dumpsters

Compology and McDonald’s were recently featured on CNN’s Mission Ahead series about businesses solving big world problems with innovative solutions.

The episode captures the latest waste metering success story, in which McDonald’s in Las Vegas is saving 31% on their monthly waste collection costs, reducing carbon emissions by 32 metric tons, or 8,000 garbage miles traveled, and improving their current contamination rate of 25 percent through real-time alerting and education.

Watch it here or visit CNN for more details.

The background to the CNN story

The United States generates 70 million tons of recyclable material a year, most of which used to be sold to China. Since China imposed its National Sword policy in 2018, the U.S. has been forced to re-create its own recycling infrastructure, from improving collection inefficiencies and reducing contamination to improving capacity at processing facilities, to building out more end markets like paper mills.

And now, for the first time ever, the EPA just announced a national recycling goal for the U.S. of 50% recycling by 2030 along with the first-ever national recycling strategy. In 2020, the U.S. is currently at about a 30% average recycling rate!

Companies like McDonald’s, Nordstrom, Capital One, Starbucks, ADT Security, American Red Cross, JLL, and many others are now working with Compology to automatically and consistently measure and manage recycling practices through automated technology like waste metering, helping them to change recycling behaviors at each site and track progress over time against company goals.

At the same time, these retailers and businesses are using waste metering technology to also track fullness levels and service activity to better match actual output to service needs, or rightsize their service levels. Companies that do are saving, on average, 30 to 40 percent on their monthly waste bills, while reducing Scope 3 carbon emissions from thousands of eliminated garbage truck miles traveled.

Specifically, our work with McDonald’s is in partnership with Global Trash Solutions, an industry leader in waste brokerage and consulting. Thank you to the team for the incredible partnership on this success story and many others! 

Compology and McDonald’s were recently featured on CNN’s Mission Ahead series about businesses solving big world problems with innovative solutions.

The episode captures the latest waste metering success story, in which McDonald’s in Las Vegas is saving 31% on their monthly waste collection costs, reducing carbon emissions by 32 metric tons, or 8,000 garbage miles traveled, and improving their current contamination rate of 25 percent through real-time alerting and education.

Watch it here or visit CNN for more details.

The background to the CNN story

The United States generates 70 million tons of recyclable material a year, most of which used to be sold to China. Since China imposed its National Sword policy in 2018, the U.S. has been forced to re-create its own recycling infrastructure, from improving collection inefficiencies and reducing contamination to improving capacity at processing facilities, to building out more end markets like paper mills.

And now, for the first time ever, the EPA just announced a national recycling goal for the U.S. of 50% recycling by 2030 along with the first-ever national recycling strategy. In 2020, the U.S. is currently at about a 30% average recycling rate!

Companies like McDonald’s, Nordstrom, Capital One, Starbucks, ADT Security, American Red Cross, JLL, and many others are now working with Compology to automatically and consistently measure and manage recycling practices through automated technology like waste metering, helping them to change recycling behaviors at each site and track progress over time against company goals.

At the same time, these retailers and businesses are using waste metering technology to also track fullness levels and service activity to better match actual output to service needs, or rightsize their service levels. Companies that do are saving, on average, 30 to 40 percent on their monthly waste bills, while reducing Scope 3 carbon emissions from thousands of eliminated garbage truck miles traveled.

Specifically, our work with McDonald’s is in partnership with Global Trash Solutions, an industry leader in waste brokerage and consulting. Thank you to the team for the incredible partnership on this success story and many others! 

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