Waste management in the mid-Atlantic reflects economic trends across the nation. Here are four of the top waste and recycling trends that could shape the industry in 2018.

1. Construction-Related Disposal

Construction is expected to surge by 4.8% in 2018, reports Construction Dive. This number is supported by record-high spending stats in November 2017. Residential construction should grow at a moderate pace driven by low-interest rates, healthy job creation, and low debt service ratios. Expect this economic trend to trickle down to disposal services.

An uptick in construction-related activity naturally leads to the need for on-site waste management. Aside from discarding material, construction leads to contaminated soils, sludges, and slurries that must be treated to meet environmental compliance standards. In addition, increased construction leads to more exploratory dig waste including soils, groundwater, and sludge.

For commercial builders, construction waste disposal is a crucial expense when it comes to the financial bottom line. Learn how ERC can help you earn LEED credits and slash costs on your construction disposal process.

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2. Infrastructure Investments

Expect infrastructure to impact waste and recycling trends in 2018. Increased economic activity is linked to increased waste generation. The new national tax plan calls to use federal dollars to leverage $1 trillion in funding for infrastructure. Locally, Pennsylvania’s renewed focus on infrastructure improvements to highways, bridges, railways, and wastewater systems could spur an uptick in waste disposal needs on the east coast. 

Like construction, a surge in infrastructure support spells increased waste disposal need. ERC supports construction and infrastructure industry with a host of disposal services:

Environmental Demolition

  • Building/structural demolition
  • Interior/selective demolition
  • Footer and foundation removal
  • Underground piping removal
  • Site restoration

Remediation Services

  • Decon industrial and manufacturing facilities
  • Asbestos and lead abatement
  • Contaminated soil treatment, removal, and solidification
  • Hazard materials handling
  • Pipeline flushing, jetting, and cleaning
  • Facility closures
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3. Mergers, Acquisitions, & Expansions to Improve Efficiency

Mid-Atlantic waste management operations, particularly in Pennsylvania and Maryland, have seen many mergers, acquisitions, and expansions over the last year. Many of these mergers give smaller companies the opportunity to make a larger impact within the industry. Meanwhile, expansions have allowed companies like ERC to improve operational efficiency.

Expanded operations into a new containerized waste transfer building will provide a safer working environment for employees by moving the containerized waste operation indoors out of weather elements. The facility also enables higher daily limits on incoming waste volumes.

The new facility and permit includes 9,400 square feet of processing space, receiving capacity of 1,000 drums per day, 2 loading docks, and a liquid recycling station. The building reduces foot and truck traffic in the solidification area and shortens offloading times while keeping safety at the forefront of  daily operations.

4. Going Green

Sustainability is no longer a buzzword. As more and more commercial builders strive to achieve zero landfill status and landfill waste diversion, it’s no longer enough to just reuse or responsibility discard materials. Expect to see greener building choices among 2018’s top waste and recycling trends. Builders need a complete cradle-to-grave process that touches on all components of waste management, from generation of waste and by-products, transportation from your facility, testing, treatment, and, finally, the disposal of waste. 

Builders and manufacturers need more than a waste disposal service. They need a full-service partner that delivers custom options for hard-to-treat waste streams.

The sustainability consultants at ERC are the only ones in the industry to draw up a plan, pick up the waste, and then dispose of it through a variety of options. ERC will create a individual customized treatment program for high volume, difficult to treat waste streams such as high metals, inks, detergents.

As the nation turns a more critical eye toward eco-conscious practices, accountability counts more than ever. ERC is one of the only waste recovery companies to have an accredited lab giving you the peace of mind of knowing that your company’s waste needs are handled with 100% compliance with governmental regulations — from cradle to grave.