WM looks to make unprofitable recycling customers profitable

In Waste Management Inc. parlance, it's called a business improvement plan and it involves taking a hard look at the profitability of each trash collection customer.

Customers that weren't meeting profit expectations were given price increases or they were allowed to walk away.

Now with the decrease in recycling commodity prices during the past year, as well as an increase in contamination within the different material streams, Waste Management is looking to do the same thing on the recycling side of the business.

"Given where commodity prices have been over the last year, and increasing complexity in contamination levels of materials received, it's time for us to do something similar with our recycling customers," CEO David P. Steiner said on a recent conference call with stock analysts. "As contracts come due, we will likely need to implement double-digit price increases on some customers to return them to profitability."

Author: 
Jim Johnson
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Waste and Recycling News