Aug 25, 2014

[TOP 10]: U.S. Waste Management Companies

Waste Management
Top 10
3 min
Waste360 ranked the top 100 waste management companies for 2013 in its latest report. We take a look at the top 10.  10. Rumpke...

Waste360 ranked the top 100 waste management companies for 2013 in its latest report. We take a look at the top 10. 

10. Rumpke Consolidated Companies Inc.
Rumpke is a facet of the waste management industry and has been since 1932. Based in Colerain Township, Ohio, the company serves several states in the area. The company is still in the Rumpke family, with Bill Rumpke Jr. as its current CEO. He was awarded Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award for 2013.

9. Recology Inc.
West Coast waste management company Recology has been focusing on the proper management of food waste since 1996. The company has several initiatives in place to reclaim food waste through composting and other means. However, it’s the company’s position that the proper management of food waste begins with reducing it altogether.

8. Advanced Disposal Services LLC
Advanced Disposal Services serves a wide variety of customers, from private residences to the U.S. government. However, a big part of the company’s focus is on education. It’s committed to educating the public about landfill usage, proper recycling techniques, and the life cycle of trash. Its education wing is extensive, and promotes more efficient waste management.

7. Covanta Energy Corporation
Covanta’s major focus is on Energy-from-Waste (EfW). It has a number of EfW programs and is a big proponent of sustainability. Through its Clean World Initiative, Covanta is working with local governments and communities to better utilize waste management techniques.

6. Waste Connections Inc.
Waste Connections serves primarily rural and secondary markets and its avoidance of the ultra-competitive urban markets has been successful. They believe their advantage is the streamlined control of the waste stream, since they can provide all the services necessary from in-house, thus driving efficiency.

5. Progressive Waste Solutions Ltd.
Progressive Waste Solutions does quite a bit of business in the home services department. They offer various services, from large dumpsters to collection of landscaping. The company also strives to meet LEED requirements and trains its construction and demolition teams on how to do so. Responsibility is a big part of the business, as well, and they ensure waste is disposed of in such a manner.

4. Stericycle Inc.
Stericycle is a business-focused waste management system that often handles product recalls, hazardous medical waste, and pharmaceutical waste. It also offers brand services with its product recalls as well as returns and secret shopping. Its main goal is to protect brand image and mitigate risks associated with product recalls.

3. Clean Harbors
Clean Harbors specializes in environmental, energy, and industrial waste management services. They offer a wide range of services, including high-risk ones emergency response and chemical packing. In North America, Clean Harbors manages more than 3,000 environmental emergencies annually.

2. Republic Services Inc.
Republic Services is doing something unique when it comes to landfills: it uses a state-of-the-art solar capture system to turn landfills into solar farms. The first solar energy cover is at Tessman Road Landfill in San Antonio, Texas, and generates 9 MW of power, or about enough electricity to power 5,500 homes.

1. Waste Management Inc.
It would only make sense the number one waste management company is the U.S. is simply called “Waste Management.” That’s what they do—and they do it well. A big part of WM’s business revolves around sustainability. From their EfW efforts to its landfill habitats, the company is greener than just its logo. It’s also taken to reducing carbon emissions for its fleet of vehicles.



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Mar 20, 2020

Top 10 ways to prepare for COVID-19

Georgia Wilson
3 min
Energy Digital sets out Gartner’s Top 10 ways organisations can prepare for a pandemic, via effective operational risk management
Energy Digital sets out Gartner’s To...

Energy Digital sets out Gartner’s Top 10 ways organisations can prepare for a pandemic, via effective operational risk management. 

As the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to develop, many businesses are left uncertain as to whether their risk mitigation plan is sufficient. 

In a recent webinar conducted by the research and advisory firm just 12% of 1,500 people believe that their business is highly prepared for the impact of COVID-19, while 56% believed themselves to be somewhat prepared, and 11% believed themselves to be very unprepared. 

“Most organizations have done some pandemic planning but still have many unanswered questions about whether they have done everything they can to manage risks,” says Jim Mello, Senior Director, Advisory, Gartner. 

Establish a preparedness framework

Establish a team that represents all critical business functions. These people will report directly to executive management and are responsible for prioritising the importance of business activities and organise them in tiers for response and recovery.

Monitor the situation

It is important to ensure that organisations monitor the rate in which the infection is spreading and its severity. Many rely on the World Health Organisation for information.

Revise finance

Be sure to revise revenue forecasts and communicate with investors, as well as suppliers in regards to any potential finance issues. It is important to ensure that the business has the working capital to ride it out. 

Ways to ensure this include: working capital checks, seeking loans or government-sponsored financial relief.

Extend personal hygiene and cleaning protocols

It is important to comply with any changes to workplace regulations. In addition, it is important to establish protocols for staff returning from infected areas, as well as extending existing hygiene activities.

Review HR 

Ensure close monitoring of absenteeism rates for signs of problems. It is important to identify critical staff in order to make sure the company can continue to function in their absence and be prepared for up to 40% absentee rates.

In addition to reviewing HR policies and procedures, it is important to maintain a level of sensitivity when it comes to engaging with employees and workplace preferences. 


Establish a communication programme

People can feel out of the loop quickly. Establish a spokesperson appropriate for the situation who can maintain lines of communication. In addition, organisations should establish pre-approved messages and scripts for various stakeholders.

Review the impact on the operation

Although this may seem overwhelming, the team established to represent all critical business functions should identify key areas to consider. It is important to maintain a connection with the reality on the ground in countries affected.

Key questions to consider: is transport functioning? Have holidays been extended? Where can operation continue and where do they need to stop?

Review IT 

IT business functions tend to be relatively well-prepared for business continuity. However, it is important to assess the supply chain for critical equipment and keep extra inventory if required.

In addition, organisations should keep in mind remote data centre management and cloud options for critical systems as well as enabling remote working programs and rescheduling any non-essential IT work prioritising key applications. 

Review pandemic plans to identify any gaps in response

Conduct a preparedness exercise by validating roles and responsibilities as well as recovery requirements and procedures, in order to identify any gaps in the recover capabilities and resource needs.

Review after-action

Following the establishment of a pandemic plan, identify three lessons learned, key observations or improvements for the exercise. After establishing these organisations should priorities the short and long term follow up actions.

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