Senior Living Facility Reduces Costs 37% by Auditing Waste Disposal Expenses

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Environmental Solutions Consulting completes comprehensive audit of hauling and disposal costs which yields impressive savings and benefits.

“ESC made a thorough study of our disposal practices… prepared a report that identified our opportunities… and, not having to make budget cuts to realize the savings was very valuable."

Mark Ridgely Chief Financial Officer, The Virginian

Reducing and controlling costs without compromising quality and service can be an elusive goal for senior living facilities.

So, when Environmental Solutions Consulting ( introduced an innovative concept that addressed those issues; a risk free, performance based audit of their hauling and disposal costs; The Virginian, a senior living property in Northern Virginia, authorized the study.

The audit also included other features important to the Virginian including no interference with day to day operations, no staff time entailed and environmental benefits.

ESC, an affiliate of Environmental Waste Solutions, provides a service particularly relevant with time and money at a premium. Because they do not provide hauling services, their recommendations are independent, objective and tailored to each client site.Their comprehensive analysis examines every aspect of the process and considers the bottom line cost within the context of contributing elements. They have found that in many cases, businesses are paying considerably more than necessary, but an important advantage of the method is that cost reductions will not negatively impact operations.

The study took several months and found discrepancies between service received and invoiced, issues with the equipment on site and the frequency of service. Ultimately, the audit resulted in recommendations based on their particular situation.

For the Virginian, that meant developing a plan phased in over 12 months. Working initially within the confines of the contract, ESC achieved a 20% reduction .Later; a method by which The Virginian received rebates for recyclable material was put in place. Finally ESC negotiated a new hauling agreement that reduced costs an additional 17% by lowering service and rental fees, refining service levels and eliminating or downsizing equipment.

“ESC made a thorough study of our waste streams, disposal practices and existing contracts, investigated numerous options and service providers, prepared a report that identified our opportunities and presented recommendations specific to this facility. Plus, not having to make budget cuts to realize the savings was very valuable." -- Mark Ridgely Chief Financial Officer, The Virginian

The Virginian will continue to benefit beyond implementation of the recommendations since ESC will monitor their program as well as look at opportunities for further reductions or refinements.

Leveraging the experience and depth of knowledge of ESC and taking advantage of a service that does not require a capital investment yet has the potential to reduce costs,and further green efforts makes this a worthwhile and highly effective strategy.

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