Australia’s first online marketplace for waste management and recycling
The recently launched Waste Choices brings a new competitive edge to Australia’s waste management industry. It is Australia’s first online marketplace for waste management and recycling for businesses wanting a quick, simple and cost-effective solution for waste collection, recycling, treatment and disposal.
According to IBIS World, the industry is valued at over $2.5 billion in Australia. There has been a concerted effort by state and local governments to increase targets for recycling and waste recovery with the aim of reducing the amount of waste going to landfill. However, with Australia’s growing population and business activity, the demand for waste management services is expected to continue to grow.
Through Waste Choices, businesses of any size have the flexibility of posting a one-off project or an ongoing contract for the management of over 30 waste streams. A range of reputable waste management providers across Australia including URM, 1300 Rubbish, Action Waste, Waste 2 Resources, State Waste Services, Bingo and smaller providers will bid for posted projects and businesses can select whom they wish to work with.
Small to medium businesses, hospitality, food services, property management and construction companies are expected to benefit most from working with Waste Choices.
“The cost of managing and disposing waste has increased over the years,” Joel Harrison, Co-Founder of Waste Choices said. “Waste Choices offers businesses a better way to manage their waste streams by providing more options and access to a wider range of service providers.”
In a three-step process, businesses can post a waste project: Entering the pick-up location; type of waste to be collected – general waste, liquid waste, recycling to hazardous materials; and selecting a bin size to represent the volume of waste. They will be able to select from a range of competitive bids from 14 national and state-based waste management providers with the flexibility to award a project based on price or reputation of the provider.
Waste Choices offers an automatic alert feature that notifies businesses that are on annual contracts with service providers when they are about to expire. This avoids businesses getting automatically rolled into new contracts with their existing providers, which would generally attract price increases of between 10-25 percent on average annually.
“Waste Choices brings a new competitive advantage to the industry by opening the waste disposal market to smaller service providers who want to grow their market share and to target new customers without making additional capital constraints such as hiring sales people or leasing trucks to manage waste collections. This is a win-win solution for both businesses and service providers,” Harrison said.