All communities have trash or recycle problems at one point or another. The most common issues are
Excessive trash hauler service: Sometimes, communities are unaware that they are being over-serviced by their trash hauler. This causes them to pay for more bins or trash pick-ups than they really need.
Large, bulky items: It’s typical for residents to dump large items, such as furniture, décor and mattresses in the trash areas. But without a routine pick-up of these items, they can pile up and become an eye sore.
Maintenance soft costs: Communities may not consider how much they are spending in soft costs when maintenance personnel has to spend large amounts of time on trash or large item cleanup.
Hidden fees: The cost for individual waste control services can add up quickly and unnoticed fees can sneak in. Waste control costs include trash hauler service fees, large item and hazardous waste removal charges, janitorial costs, waste auditor fees and disposal subsidies. Overall, the cost for waste management can grow to be quite large.
Recycling compliance: With all that is required to manage a property, sometimes communities may not feel they have the time to research current recycling and organic waste laws or they simply don’t know where to start. Recycling programs may need some work to meet resident needs and fulfill state requirements.
All communities with trash-related problems can benefit from Strategic’s Waste Optimization™ Plan. Many larger communities (100+ units) with common-area dumpsters find they can benefit from Strategic’s trash management strategies that keep the community tidy and save money at the same time. Whether your community has an appearance-related trash issue or an expenditure problem, Strategic can help all communities interested in having clean common areas and saving money on waste costs.
Our Waste OptimizationTM Plan is always custom-tailored to each community’s needs. Though communities face common issues, these issues may require different solutions. Some communities may need additional service days, while others are looking to implement a recycle program or have quarterly pressure washing of trash enclosures performed. Whatever your needs, our proposal accounts for them and includes personalized service recommendations.
Yes! With our help, nearly half of our customers have implemented new recycle programs. Strategic develops, implements and supports recycle programs by helping each community to evaluate its options in meeting recycling and organic waste laws, such as AB 341 (effective 2012), AB 1826 (effective 2014) and SB 1383 (effective 2022). Specific options depend on your city and local trash hauler.
Strategic will take care of all necessary trash service changes to your community so you don’t have to deal with the hassle. With your permission, Strategic’s specialized team contacts the trash hauler to make bin changes or adjust the pick-up schedule upon approval by the community manager.
What Makes Us Different
Strategic does not replace your existing trash hauler, rather we provide a Waste Optimization™ Plan along with our services to ensure you’re receiving the right amount of trash hauler service. We partner with you to keep trash tidy, recycle responsibly and remove special waste.
Strategic is quite different from traditional waste auditors. In addition to our waste analysis and plan, we provide daily or weekly on-site, labor-intensive services to control waste. Our fees may seem similar, but we offer much more than the typical auditing service. Auditors will charge a community half of the savings that result from the initial analysis and trash hauler adjustments, and then leave the actual work to community personnel! Instead, after analyzing your community, Strategic sends trained ServiceTechs to perform on-site work that is already included in our fee. Whereas auditors keep their distance, we become part of your team to maximize the effectiveness of your community’s waste control.
We believe our track record speaks volumes! We have 250+ happy customers and our recommendations come from nearly 15 years of experienced analysis. We are so confident that our service will work for you that we do not require a long-term contract. Our service can be canceled at any point with 30-days’ notice.
Savings & Costs
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.
Soft cost savings result from our service’s ability to free your community personnel from hours devoted to waste control. This allows them to their attention to other resident needs. Because we also take care of large items and hazardous waste, we minimize safety risks for community personnel, so you can also save on the costs related to injury.
Our fees are based on your service needs. Strategic considers number of residents, units, enclosures, trash and recycle bins, large items and level of service. Fees and recommendations are calculated to maximize your savings while providing your community with the right services to keep it looking beautiful.
Strategic’s proposal for your community specifies a monthly fee for the services defined. Even so, you can request additional services 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.
We offer a wide variety of services within our Waste OptimizationTM Plan from On-site Waste Control and Large Item Pick-up to Enclosure Pressure Washing and Bin Transport service. It all depends on your needs! For detailed information about the services we provide, please visit the Services page on our website.
That depends on you! Our daily, weekly, monthly and quarterly options are defined by our analysis and recommendations based on your community needs. For example, On-site Waste Control service can occur 3, 4 or 5 times per week while Large Item Pick-up can happen once per week or every other week.
Strategic instructs our ServiceTechs not to dig or sift through the bins. However, occasionally our crews need to relocate items in the trash bins (i.e. recyclables, large items, etc.). In these cases, our ServiceTechs redistribute materials from the bins using proper PPE.
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