Start Saving Money by Tracking your Skips

British Steel announced a 25% increase in the price of steel in March, which follows a 55% increase in 2021. These cost increases are unprecedented.


For the waste industry this means that a 40 Yard RoRo will cost in the region of £7,000, compared to £4,000 pre-pandemic.


There are an estimated 300,000 RoRo containers collecting waste in the UK. Each year around 9,000 new units are manufactured and around 4 times this number of skips.


At today’s prices this represents a cost of £54 million to the industry for RoRo’s alone, £20 million more than in 2018.


And it’s not just the cost. As the waste industry strives for sustainability and net zero, the carbon impact of producing these containers is a real problem. An estimated 4 tonnes of carbon is emitted into the atmosphere for every RoRo manufactured, which means a shocking 36,000 tonnes of emissions each year. To put this into context, this level of emissions is equivalent to 36 million miles driven by the industry’s RoRo vehicles.


PIN’s customer data shows that every waste business has on average 40% more containers than they actually need. So, the good news is that you can avoid purchasing new containers altogether.


Here's what we know


You may have found yourself in a situation where you’ve had no containers available to run your operations or to win new business.


You have probably questioned where all your containers have gone, especially when you’ve spent money buying more.


In some cases, you may have sent your vehicles out searching for skips to keep your operations moving.


You may question how quickly your skips are turning.


Poor container visibility has a huge impact on the waste industry. We can explain how it happens and what it means.


The systems used to plan and deliver waste collection operations don’t include the container in the process. Over time the data gets out of sync with reality and waste operators lose visibility of where containers are and how long they have been on site with customers.


The numbers are big:

  • Waste operators estimates as to how many containers they have are up to 40% different from the reality

  • Up to 50% of customer sites have different container inventory to what the operator thinks

  • 30-40% of RoRo’s stay on site with customers between collections for at least a month, often much longer


Slow Movers

Unless your customers call for a collection, the skips that you have lost visibility of sit at sites for months on end and do not generate any revenue.


Because the containers don’t turn quickly enough, you don’t have enough available to run your operations or deliver new business.


So you decide to purchase more skips and the cycle repeats itself.


Skip Tracking


Ever-increasing cost pressures and regulatory requirements make it more difficult than ever to operate a waste business. Embracing new technology provides a powerful opportunity to improve efficiency, financial performance and sustainability.


Here at PIN, we give you real time visibility of your waste operations by tracking your containers and vehicles. The PIN software gives you all the tools and data you need to:


✅ Target slow movers to maximise collections ✅ Understand and measure capacity so you can plan ahead ✅ Win new business using your existing capacity ✅ Capitalise on peak season demand ✅ Increase employee productivity and reduce downtime

✅ Reduce your carbon footprint


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