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Facility executive clients rely on their building service contractors to maintain facilities to the highest standards of cleanliness and hygiene. However, they also expect BSCs to do so in the most cost-effective way possible. With tight budgets and increasing pressure to keep costs down, BSCs are always looking for ways to help their clients reduce janitorial cleaning costs without sacrificing the quality of work. 

One simple yet effective way to achieve this is by transitioning from individual trash bins at each desk to a centralized waste bin system. This article will explore the pros and cons of this system, examples of labor reduction by making the switch, and the environmental benefits of doing so. 

Pros And Cons 

One of the main advantages of a centralized waste bin system is that it reduces the number of trash cans that need to be emptied. This, in turn, reduces the time and labor required to maintain them. Instead of having to empty dozens of small trash bins throughout the facility, janitorial staff only need to focus on a few centralized locations. 

In addition to reducing labor costs, a centralized waste bin system can also lead to a cleaner and more organized workspace. With fewer individual trash cans scattered around the office, there is less clutter, and the risk of trash overflow or spillage is significantly reduced. 

However, a centralized trash bin system also has some potential drawbacks. For example, it may be more challenging to dispose of confidential or sensitive documents in a centralized system, as employees may be hesitant to leave them in a central location where they could be accessed by others. Additionally, employees may need to walk further to dispose of their trash, which could be a minor inconvenience for some. 

Labor Reduction Costs 

Sawgrass Cleaning Solutions has successfully helped a client implement a centralized waste bin system to help them cut operating costs. By transitioning the client from individual desk trash bins to a centralized system, Sawgrass was able to reduce the time its staff spent emptying trash cans by an estimated 80 percent. 

This reduction in labor has resulted in significant cost savings for Sawgrass's clients, and the transition has been seamless for employees. The frontline staff also reports that the centralized system has made their jobs easier and more efficient, allowing them to focus on other cleaning tasks that require more attention. 

Environmental Benefits 

In addition to the cost savings and labor reductions, a centralized waste bin system also has significant environmental benefits. By reducing the number of individual trash cans, the amount of waste generated by an office is significantly reduced. Additionally, a centralized system makes it easier to sort and recycle materials, which can further reduce the environmental impact of an office's waste. 

Sawgrass Cleaning Solutions has been a leader in promoting sustainable cleaning practices, and the transition to a centralized trash bin system has been a significant part of that effort. By working with its clients to adopt this system, Sawgrass has helped to reduce the environmental impact of its clients' operations while also reducing their janitorial cleaning costs. 

In times of economic uncertainty, it's crucial for BSC’s to adapt and find ways to reduce cleaning costs for their clients. Otherwise, contractors risk that client going out to get new bids on cleaning. Most BSCs would much rather help a client save money than risk losing the client to a competitor. 

As a BSC, helping facility clients reduce janitorial cleaning costs is an essential part of the job. By transitioning to a centralized waste bin system, BSCs can significantly reduce labor costs while also promoting a cleaner, more organized workspace. While there may be some minor challenges associated with this transition, the benefits far outweigh the drawbacks. And with the added environmental benefits, it's clear that a centralized trash bin system is a win-win for BSCs and their clients alike. 

Joshua Burstein is president of Sawgrass Cleaning Solutions, a commercial cleaning company located in Lake Worth, Florida servicing Broward and Palm Beach County. Learn more at or email