Facility Environmental Management, Inc. (FEM)
Services - Consulting & Engineering
Waste and Recycling
Nationally (across the country)
Our reliable waste collection & disposal, recycling, diversion and services are provided with a vast infrastructure of waste solutions, and the ability to service locations nationwide with a diversified team of support in this evolving waste industry.
With multiple service partners and waste streams; we deliver solutions to you from a single source while meeting all your requirements for waste reduction; recycling and sound sustainability practices. We are your one source to provide you with custom solutions for your facilities; at the lowest prices without sacrificing service. Whether it’s your regular services for refuse and recycling or a special project that requires a roll-off, we’ve got you covered; and we guarantee there are NEVER any hidden costs or fees with us!
We are your 'one stop shop' for all your Waste and recycling solutions. We are very unique as opposed to your standard 'hauler' in that our resources are nationwide, not just what's in our back yard like most in our industry.
We have the resources, knowledge and experience to ensure your waste reduction, and overall cost savings in your solid waste stream. Don't be fooled by the large companies claiming they can give you the results you are seeking in waste diversion and cost reductions.
We realize today's companies must reduce costs to stay competitive, and also need to be responsible for how their operations impact the environment. Going green and achieving zero waste is no easy task and requires a lot of time and resources; that's why we are here, to achieve these objectives for you so you can use your time and resources focusing on your business solutions.
We develop, execute, incorporate, and uphold waste reduction and recycling programs for multiple facilities, nationwide. Our specialists adapt to customers' explicit unique requirements in all areas of the refuse and recycling industry. This goal is achieved through solid partnership with steadfast vendors who have the knowledge and resources to assist us to exceed our clients expectations.
Our knowledge and drive to make a difference are key to achieving the most effective solution to your business requirements.
Benefits of Women-Owned Suppliers /vendor
Diverse suppliers such as F.E.M. offer your company a chance to add value to your supply chain. Often times diverse suppliers (woman-owned included) will work very closely with a customer to tailor their business to meet the customer’s needs.
Supplier Diversity programs are more than socially responsible -- they're also good for business. They help improve the way a company serves its markets, and they represent significant revenue opportunities for buyers and sellers alike.
We are not a hauling company; we are your Waste & Recycling Management Consulting firm with a mission to help you spend less time and money on your waste and recycling solutions.
Our Business is managing your waste stream, by investing our nationwide resources to maintain the right services at the lowest prices; while meeting your environmental and costs goals
- Why is the garbage industry in charge of recycling, in a process called diversion, or curbside collection? Does it seem sort of obvious that ideal recycling should someday reuse everything? Let's think about this. If there is one industry that would be put out of business if everything were reused, it's the garbage industry. So why do we allow them to control, and keep a lid on, even the inadequate forms of recycling we have tried to create? (THIS is a very good question! Why do most companies allow the large garbage companies to dictate their solid waste stream?)
- Did you know it is costing you more to send to the landfills then it does to recycle/reuse? (that's why we call the things coming out of your facilities, resources because they are exactly that, a resource NOT a waste!) Why not use those resources instead of wasting them?
- Are you struggling with rising waste costs?: Our clients are actually saving money, wasting less and gaining more resources
- Are you wasting time and resources on your sustainability?: With our support and nationwide resources you can spend more time on your core business without all the hassles
- Do you have a plan/program to waste less and recycle more?: We provide a plan/program for your facilities, with results!
Today's companies must reduce costs to stay competitive, but they also need to be responsible for how their operations impact the environment. We know the importance of going green, achieving zero waste; and how to get there.
We focus on one of the things most overlooked in organizations, your waste management and recycling solutions. Through our proprietary waste audits and analysis we will drive down costs in this area of your business, reduce your environmental impact, and manage these expenses.
Plastic Bag Recycling
Consumers want to know where they can recycle their plastic bags and other recyclable sacks and wraps. In addition to providing recycling bins in convenient locations, grocers and retailers can help through employee and consumer education. Posters and well-marked recycling bins near entrances remind customers to return bags for recycling.
- Conveniently locate garbage cans for consumers to place their trash
- Ideally, locate garbage cans so consumers reach it before reaching the plastic bag recycling bin to avoid contamination
- Use transparent bins and transparent bags to enable better quality control
- Place signage near the recycling bin opening to deter consumers from putting trash in the bin
- Avoid recycling bins that resemble garbage cans
Project owners, contractors and demolition firms can maximize the amount of C&D that is diverted, and qualify their project for LEED or Built Green credits, by adhering to the following steps:
Separate materials which may be diverted from those that will be managed as solid waste. Check with your processing facility beforehand to determine what materials they will accept for diversion.
Confirm when entering the facility, or when having a hauler take the container, that the load will be processed for diversion.
Request documentation from the facility (and hauler when appropriate) which clearly shows that the load was processed for diversion (recycling and beneficial use).
This is required for LEED or Built Green credit. A tipping receipt marked 'Diversion' or 'Recycling' provides documentation that the load was diverted for recycling or beneficial use instead of being disposed of as a waste.
Using more than one roll-off for your construction/remodeling projects for source separating the materials, ensures materials don't get contaminated, therefore giving you a higher return!
Don't forget to post signs on ALL containers clearly identifying the materials to be placed in each container, and place a waste container nearby to eliminate contamination
Green at Work
A greener workplace means a lighter ecological footprint, a healthier and more productive place to work, and good news for the bottom line. Whether you're the boss or the coworker, whether your office is green already or still not quite aware, there are some practical steps you can take to help create a healthy, low-impact workspace. Here are 10 recommendations to creating a green workplace.
- More Work, Less Energy: If, like many people, a computer is your central tool at work, optimizing the energy settings for your computer and other devices can be a major energy saver. Also, make sure to shut it down when you leave for the day (not just putting it in sleep mode). Plug hardware into a power strip with an on/off switch, and turn off all items at once (make sure to power down inkjet printers before killing the power-they need to seal their cartridges). Printers, scanners, and other peripherals that are only used occasionally can be unplugged until they're needed. And of course, turn off lights in spaces that are unoccupied.
- Digitize: Even in the digital age, we still consume enormous amounts of paper, too much of which gets used once and then tossed or recycled. The greenest paper is no paper at all, so keep things digital whenever possible. The more you do online, the less you need paper. Keep files on computers instead of in file cabinets (this also makes it easier to make offsite backup copies or take them with you when you move to a new office). Review documents onscreen rather than printing them out. Send emails instead of paper letters.
- Conserving Paper: When buying printer paper, look for recycled paper with a high percentage of post-consumer content and the minimum of chlorine bleaching. Even recycled paper gobbles up a great deal of energy, water, and chemical resources in its processing. When using the real stuff, print on both sides of the page when appropriate and use misprints as notepaper.
- Telecommute: Instant messaging, video conferencing, and other innovative workflow tools make effective telecommuting a reality. If your employer allows you to telecommute (even some of the time), hold phone conferences, take online classes, or otherwise work from home. If your employer does not have telecommuting programs, discuss and work with them to initiate one. Also, consider the possibility of working four ten-hour days instead of five eight-hour days (a compressed work-week), this change cuts the energy and time spent on commuting by 20% and giving you some lovely three-day weekends.
- Commute Wisely: If you do have to go to the workplace, ease some of this strain of fuel usage and carbon emissions by carpooling, taking public transit, biking, walking, or a creative combination any of these. If there's no good way to phase out your car, consider getting a hybrid, electric vehicle, motorcycle, or scooter or at least a car with an extremely high fuel efficiency rating.
- Green Your Wardrobe: You might be amazed how sharp work clothes from thrift stores can look. If you buy new, get clothes made with organic or recycled fibers. Avoid clothes that need to be dry-cleaned, and if they so demand it, seek out your local green dry cleaner.
- Use Green Materials: Some paper use can't be avoided, so use recycled paper and envelopes that have been processed and colored using eco-friendly methods. Pens and pencils can also be made of recycled materials, and refillable pens and markers are preferable to disposable ones.
- Redesign the Workspace: Greening the space in which you work has ample possibilities. Start with good furniture, good lighting, and good air. Furniture can be manufactured from recycled materials as well as recyclable. Not only is natural daylight a free source of lighting for the office, it has been proven to improve worker productivity and satisfaction and even boost sales in retail settings.
- Lunch Time: Bring your lunch to work in a reusable container; likely the greenest (and healthiest) way to eat at work. Getting food delivered or going for takeout inevitably ends with a surplus of packaging waste. However, if you do order delivery, join coworkers in placing a large order, which is generally far more efficient than many separate ones. Also, bring in a reusable plate and utensils.
- Get Others Aware and Involved: Share these tips with your coworkers. Arrange an office carpool or group bike commute. If necessary, trade shifts and job duties so that you can work four long days instead of five short ones. Make sure everyone has a small recycling bin so that recycling is just as easy as throwing recyclable materials in the trash. Ask everyone to bring in a mug or glass from home and keep some handy for visitors so that you reduce or eliminate use of paper cups.
Service Network: Our relationships with quality service providers across the nation allow us to deliver the best solutions for you! We manage and execute customized waste solutions; with the highest standards you expect.
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