Tips to Help Garbage Collectors Stay Safe

COVID-19 has made us all think more about health and safety. At the same time, the pandemic has caused businesses and households to generate more waste either because families are spending more time at home or because cleaning has increased. Not surprisingly, municipalities throughout Chicago are seeing a rise in waste related to sanitation, including paper towels, disinfectant wipes, mops, and cloth towels. Garbage collectors play an integral role in containing the spread of disease within communities, but as essential workers, they are at an increased risk of contracting COVID-19. The following tips can help business owners and families dispose of waste in a way that keeps garbage collectors and the communities of Chicago safe.

What Can Businesses and Homeowners Do to Help?

One thing you can do is sanitize trash and recycling containers each week. You can do this by washing the handles and lids with hot water and soap or you can use a cleaning product with alcohol in it. It is also important to make sure you do not overstuff your bins. Both garbage bags and garbage containers should be properly sealed before your scheduled pickup. This means making sure bags are tied tightly and lids are closed. Keep in mind that while trash needs to be stored in plastic bags, recyclables should be loose.

It is also important to check with your local government’s sanitation department. Most municipalities have guidelines regarding waste collection, including specifics regarding when to put bins in the curb and what items can and cannot be placed in trash/recycling containers. Many municipalities right now have also suspended pickup of bulk items, as well as items that are placed outside of containers. That said, you can help keep sanitation workers safe by practicing social distancing. If possible, make sure you take trash and recycling out the night before your scheduled pickup.

To show your support for the brave men and women keeping the neighborhoods of Chicagoland clean, let them know you appreciate the important service they perform for the community. Here are other ways you can show appreciation:

·        Leave cans and containers as clean as possible

·        Don’t overfill trash bins

·        Wave hi from a safe social distance

·        Please  Be patient.

·        There is more trash than usual. Schedules may be behind.

During a state of emergency, communities need to stick together and look out for each other. The team at SBC is committed to keeping Chicago clean. We greatly appreciate every measure families and businesses take to help keep our garbage collectors safe. Together, we will get through these difficult times and come out the other side.

COVID-19 Update

SBC Waste Solutions cares about the safety of our employees and customers. We are vigilantly following updates about COVID-19. As circumstances have been changing rapidly, we have been keeping track of all updates made by the Center for Disease Control, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and the World Health Organization. Our goal is to maintain a clean and safe work environment so we can continue to provide the communities of Chicagoland with the collection services they need.

As an essential service, SBC Waste Solutions will still keep our regular pickup schedule for both trash collection and recycling. It is hard to predict how the Coronavirus will affect communities, so during this time we may experience service delays. However, we are committed to maintaining a high-quality service because we know families and businesses depend on us to keep their living and work spaces sanitary.

In the meantime, we are adhering to guidelines established by health organizations. We are practicing social distancing and increasing the frequency in which we clean and sanitize equipment and facilities. We are also making sure sick employees stay home and practicing the highest standard of hygiene. It is our duty to provide the communities we serve with waste management and to keep our staff and clients safe by limiting potential exposure to the Coronavirus.

We will give updates on our social media accounts if there are any service delays or other changes resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. We truly appreciate all of our customers, and we hope you all stay safe.

Useful Links About Covid-19

Occupational Safety and Health Administration

CDC Industry Guidance

Why Should Businesses Care About Their Waste Management Expenses?

Now that we are in a new decade, many companies want to explore ways to cut costs and increase profits. Small businesses like restaurants, gas stations, retail stores etc. use dumpsters to store and remove waste, yet some would be surprised to learn that they’re overspending on waste management. Since waste management is not an optional expense, few businesses stop and think about how they can save money on trash removal.


In some cases, a waste management company increases their rates, and small businesses don’t question it. They figure something has happened on the end of the waste management company that required them to raise prices. For example, if the price of oil rose or the average compensation in the area increased, the company could raise rates to compensate for these changes. In other cases, businesses choose a waste hauler because it is what nearby businesses use, and they don’t shop around. In both cases, it is important to compare prices among the different waste haulers in the area, so you have a clear idea about the average cost of waste management in your area.

One of the main problems with paying too much for waste disposal is that businesses end up redistributing funds to try to make up for the high waste management bill. They know their business cannot function without trash removal, so they end up making unnecessary sacrifices elsewhere to save money. They may end up having to pay their employees lower salaries, for example or cut back on maintenance for the trucks in their fleet.

At S.B.C. Waste Solutions, we make it our mission to give our customers the lowest prices we can. Our services include dumpsters of all sizes, front loaders, rear loaders, and recycling. We are a family and woman-owned company, and we see our customers as part of our extended family. We want to help you save money so your small business can run more efficiently.   

Tips for Choosing the Right Container Size


Dumpster containers come in a variety of types and sizes to accommodate many different kinds of projects. Container types include front-load containers, rear-load containers, and roll-off dumpsters. The variety you choose will depend on what your specific needs are. Here are some tips to help you choose the right type and size of container.

When to Use Front-Load Containers

Front-load containers can be used for both commercial and residential purposes. This type of dumpster is useful when you know you will be producing too much waste to fit in a curbside trash can, but not enough waste to fill a large roll-off dumpster. Front-load containers are most commonly used by small businesses. We can service front-load containers on a weekly, daily, or monthly basis. Front-load containers differ from rear-load containers in that they have a top that inclines upward. This allows you to drop trash in over the lid. The design makes them ideal for restaurants, retail stores, and apartment complexes. These kinds of containers have a sealed base and a tight-fitting lid, so they are great for storing food waste and will keep out rain and animals.

The smallest size is 2 cubic yards. This size can fit around 24 kitchen-size trash bags and is ideal for boutiques, coffee shops, small office buildings, and other properties that produce a minimal volume of waste. A 4-yard container fits twice as much. This size works well for rental properties with less than 8 units, convenience stores, entertainment venues, and large restaurants. 6-yard containers are perfect for hotels, strip malls, large office complexes, and schools. 8-yard front-loads are ideal for shipping centers, manufacturing facilities, universities, large hotels, malls, and grocery stores. These types of properties typically produce a lot of refuse. The largest container size is the 10-yard. These ones are excellent for construction sites and projects and businesses that discard heavy objects, such as concrete or brick. The larger containers are also useful for clean-outs because they can fit heavy items, including appliances and furniture.

When to Use Rear-Load Containers

Rear-load containers have a slanted back, instead of a slanted top. This makes them a better option for narrow spaces like alleyways. While they are narrower, they are usually taller and longer than front-load containers. The design makes them perfect for use in urban areas. The shape of your property may determine what option is better for you. Rear load containers are best for medium to large businesses but can also be used for smaller properties.

The smallest sizes are 1-yard and 1.5 containers. These are made for very small businesses that do not produce a significant amount of daily waste. The 2-inch container can accommodate slightly larger businesses, such as a café or small clothing store. The 4-inch rear-loader works well if you produce more waste, making it perfect for diners, small healthcare facilities. The 6-inch container accommodates medium-to-large businesses, such as hotels, shopping centers, and apartment buildings. Some organizations, including schools, hotels, and large office complexes, produce a lot of waste each week. The 8-inch container works perfectly for these institutions. The 10-inch container is the largest size and is ideal for small construction projects or very large businesses.

When to Use Roll-Off Containers

The main difference between roll-off containers and other dumpsters is that roll-offs are larger. They range in size from 10-yards to 30-yards. They work best for construction projects and cleanouts. Roll-offs also have an open top. While rear-load containers and front-load containers are typically for regular use, roll-offs are often rented for one-time usage, such as if you’re moving and need to throw away a lot of furniture.

The 10-inch roll-off is great for more compact spaces, such as in a driveway. You can use them to throw away a variety of materials such as wood, metal, sheetrock, and small furniture. The 15-inch can accommodate a larger area, making them ideal for apartment and office buildings. The 20-inch roll-off works better for larger office complexes and construction sites. The largest size is the 30-inch roll-off container, which is necessary for large-scale construction projects.

 Dumpsters come in a range of varieties and sizes. Picking the one that is right for you depends predominantly on the size of your business or the scope of your project. Think about how much waste your business produces in a day and what type of waste you will be throwing away. Are the items bulky or heavy? The above tips should enable you to find the size that works best for your needs.

SBC Waste Solutions Helping Get Kids Back to School with Cradles to Crayons

SBC Waste Solution had a blast working with Cradles to Crayons on their Ready for School initiative. With the help of over 700 volunteers, the event served more than 50,000 children with new backpacks, while also distributing school supplies and back-to-school clothing to children living in poverty in Chicagoland. We really enjoyed contributing to such a wonderful cause.

As a garbage company in Chicago, we love doing what we can to give back to the community. Cradles to Crayons helps raise awareness to major issues, including childhood poverty and clothing insecurity. One in three children in Chicago live in poverty right now. Many of these kids do not have shoes or clothes that fit them, which can lead to bullying and self-esteem issues. Children from low-income families often lack basic school essentials, like notebooks, pencils, crayons, etc.

Cradles to Crayons collects items through grassroots community drives and corporate donations. Volunteers, then, package the donations in their warehouse, aptly named The Giving Factory. These packages are later distributed to low-income families.

We love that Cradles to Crayons strives to help give kids the confidence and the resources to succeed in school. Without appropriate school supplies and clothing, students have an unfair advantage, which makes it harder for them to break out of the cycle of poverty.

We believe that all children deserve to have all of the resources they need to thrive and that small acts of kindness can make a big difference in the lives of the more than 12 million children who live in poverty in the US. To learn more or if you want to contribute to this worthy cause, Check out Cradles to Crayons.

Waste Awareness Campaigns

Consumers are difficult to understand. This is why marketers spend so much time and effort trying to understand their spending habits and preferences. The way consumers approach waste management is similar. You have to understand what elicits a reaction in consumers and what will get them talking about pollution if you want them to change their approach to waste management.

 Currently waste awareness relies heavily on shock value and visuals. For example, to most people, seeing piles of trash in the middle of the ocean is alarming. Yet, waste awareness has to go deeper than that. It is important for consumers to see that in a world of limitations, their waste management habits are one of the few things they have complete control. Many people believe that because there are so many people on Earth, their choices don’t matter. The goal of waste awareness is to show people that their individual actions can in fact have a major impact on the health of the planet.

Social Media Campaigns

Social media is a great way to raise awareness and promote change. Retailers and consumers alike have used social media to reduce waste in their communities. In the past, social media awareness campaigns have increased the recycling of coffee cups, reduced the wasting of old vegetables and fruits, and to encourage local businesses to reduce waste.

Reuse and Recycling

There are already a lot of recycling and reuse programs in existence. One of the goals of awareness is to educate people about these programs. For example, many retailers, such as Patagonia, have created their own marketplaces for their customers to sell back products and for other consumers to buy used products. There are many places people can buy and sell used items. Most people know about major organizations like Goodwill, but not everyone how extensive the resale industry is. That’s why awareness is so important. In addition to online sites like eBay, Craigslist, and LetGo, there are also a ton of second-hand stores, thrift stores, and consignment stores that recycle items without the pollution involved with shipping.

Consumers and business owners can play a major role in reducing pollution and offsetting climate change. Awareness campaigns are one of the best ways to show people that their behavior can have a huge impact on the environment and encourage them to use less waste, recycle more, shop locally, and other activities that will reduce waste and pollution.

Are You Paying Too Much for Waste Management and Recycling

The annual cost of garbage pickup and recycling is often more than what businesses want to spend. That’s because when you receive these services on a weekly basis, the price adds up quickly. When you are trying to grow a small business, you need to save money where you can. Here’s how you can tell if you are paying too much for waste management in Chicago.

Think about the Quality of the Service

The first thing you should consider is the level of service you receive. Are you getting your money’s worth? It can seem that all recycling and trash removal services are the same, but this is far from true. Not all waste companies dispose of the garbage and recyclables in a safe and environmentally friendly manner. Waste services can also differ in the quality of their customer service.

Compare Prices

Most small businesses don’t shop around when it comes to waste management services. Sometimes, they don’t realize how many options they have. They use the service that the previous landowner used, or they use the service that neighboring businesses use. You want to compare prices to see what company will give you the best service at the best price.

Waste disposal costs an average of $100 per ton. The best way to reduce the cost is to generate less waste or offset the cost by recycling more. But if you run a busy business like a restaurant or bar, reducing how much waste you generate isn’t always an option. Look for a waste management company who charges a rate that is below the average. Also, look for a company who will work with you to minimize costs. Some companies will provide you with tips to help you recycle more and generate less waste. If the service isn’t interested in saving you money, you’re probably paying too much for your waste management.

Despite Oversaturation, Some Chicago Waste Companies Prove Innovation Is Still Possible

Chicago has a surprising number of waste companies providing their services to businesses and residents throughout Chicagoland. With so many options to choose from, it’s hard for any waste company to stand out. However, S.B.C. Waste Solutions Inc. has managed to do just that.

S.B.C. Waste Solutions Inc. is a new company that has already made a name for itself as one of the first women-owned waste companies in the Chicago area. It is also a family-owned business that works hard to keep Chicago neighborhoods clean while improving the environment. S.B.C. Waste is a great option for businesses who want to use a service that values environmentalism and diversity.

The company provides a wide range of services, including trash removal and recycling. Their roll-offs, dumpsters, and containers come in a number of different sizes, providing the flexibility to provide quality service to both small and large businesses. The services are also easy to schedule. Unlike many of the other waste companies in Chicago, they understand how valuable your time is. They make it easy for you to schedule waste removal by allowing you to choose the day and time that works best with your schedule and business needs.

One thing that really sets S.B.C. Waste Solutions Inc. apart from the plethora of other waste companies in the Chicago area is that they provide a service that is not only business-friendly, but also community-friendly. They make customer service a top priority and go out of the way to provide a flexible and enjoyable service to their clients.  They also volunteer in the community and participate in community outreach. Chicago is such a beautiful city, so it is refreshing to see a company who is so committed to keeping the city and its community clean and healthy. Plus, they do all of this with practices and techniques that respect the earth and its limited resources.

If you are looking for a waste disposal or recycling company in Chicagoland that isn’t the same as the dozens of other waste management services in the area, S.B.C Waste Solutions Inc.might be just what you are looking for. The fact that are run by a female and minority community leader gives the company a fresh perspective that sets them apart from all of the other waste disposal services in Chicago. The fact that they care about the community and the environment will ensure your garbage and recyclables are being handled responsibly and in a way that helps keep the environment sustainable.

Why do you charge a fuel surcharge?


“This surcharge allows us to keep up with the cost of diesel, natural gas, and other fuels. These prices change constantly, so a surcharge helps offset this volatility. Fuel charges are very common in the transportation industry and are used by most waste haulers, trucking companies, and airline carriers. “

Fuel and Environmental Charge

SBC Waste Solutions is dedicated to providing customers with safe and dependable waste management at an affordable cost. SBC Waste Solutions has invested heavily in green technology, such as LNG or CNG trucks. We strive to consistently lower our overall impact on the environment. However, prices related to environmental compliance and fuel are not something that we can completely control. The standard to fuel/environment charge is designed to help our cover these costs and attain a reasonable operating margin. The fuel and environmental charge appears on customer invoices as a one line item that contains two distinct components: a fuel surcharge and an environmental charge.

Fuel Surcharge

The fuel surcharge lets SBC Waste Solutions recover the cost of diesel, natural gas, and any other

hydrocarbon-based fuels that we use to operate our company and perform our services, above a baseline cost. The baseline cost is measured in diesel cost at $.95 per gallon. This charge lets our company to keep up with the frequently changing price of diesel, natural gas, and other  fuels. It also allows us attain the operating margin we need to keep up the high-quality service customers expect from us. Our standard fuel surcharge calculation stems directly from the national average price of diesel fuel, which the Energy Information Administration of the U.S. Department of Energy (“EIA/DOE”) reports weekly in their Retail On-Highway Diesel Prices Index. This index is available to the public and highly reputable within the trucking and transportation industries as an objective source. Basing our standard fuel surcharge to this index makes sure customers are assessed a fuel surcharge that is correctly adjusted and easy to calculate.

The EIA/DOE average is published every Monday. We then use the data for our invoices for that week. The SBC Waste Collection Fuel Surcharge Table or the SBC  Waste Disposal Fuel Surcharge Table details what the fuel surcharge as a percentage of a customer’s monthly charge (or other incremental invoice charges) before taxes would be based on the most recently reported EIA/DOE national diesel price that came before the customer’s invoice date.

The amount or percentage of the surcharge is not directly linked or indirectly linked to the cost to service a specific client’s account. By contract or at the SBC Waste’s discretion, some customers pay a nonstandard fuel surcharge and some customers are exempt from any fuel surcharge. SBC  Waste Solutions uses the surcharges to try to recover the all company-wide costs for diesel, natural gas, and other hydrocarbon-based fuels and products used by SBC Waste Solutions above the $.95/gallon diesel cost baseline, only from those customers subject to a fuel surcharge, this this exclude anyone who is exempt from the surcharge, as well as non-paying customers.

Environmental Charge

The environmental charge is 16.0% of all invoice charges, including the fuel surcharge. However, it excludes the Regulatory Cost Recovery Charge and taxes. (Some customers are charged a flat rate per load or other rates, which are terms in their contract or service. For more details, contact the Technical Service Center.)

The environmental charge lets SBC Waste Solutions cover enterprise-wide costs and expenses for its operating companies, which include the operating costs for collection, transfer, landfill, and recycling. The charge allows us to perform these operations in a safe and an environmentally responsible fashion, while also allowing us to attain a reasonable operating margin. The amount or percentage of the charge is not specifically linked to the direct or indirect costs to service specific customer accounts. Either by contract or at the discretion of SBC Waste Solutions, some customers pay a nonstandard environmental charge and some are exempt from the environmental charge. Through the environmental charge, SBC Waste Solutions tries to recover all applicable company-wide environmentally relevant costs to its operations, but only from the customers who are subject to an environmental charge. This excludes those who are exempt, as well as non-paying customers.

SBC Waste Charity Initiatives

SBC Waste is a family and woman-owned waste management that has a passion for giving back to the communities we service. We have sponsored many different organizations and events, including St. Francis High School in Wheaton, the Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago, the Elmhurst Daddy Daughter Dance, the Carol Stream Fire Department, and the Chicago Police Officer Fundraiser for the families of Officer Samuel Jimenez, Officer Conrad Gary, and Officer Eduardo Marmolejo.

The Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago helps over a million people in Chicagoland each year. They help feed struggling families, assist low-income families with schooling, work to keep youth out of gangs, provide affordable housing for senior citizens, provide job training to adults who are having economic difficulties, and more. As a minority-led company, we believe in helping and supporting every community member in need, regardless of age, ethnicity, gender, or economic situation.

The Elmhurst Daddy Daughter Dance is a special event that the Elmhurst Park District hosts each year in February that features dinner, dancing, and a photo shoot. The relationship between fathers and daughters is one of the most meaningful relationships that exists. We think daddy daughter dances are a great way for girls to bond with their father figures.


One man’s reckless action led to the deaths of two hero cops 

Officers Gary and Marmolejo were killed last year after they were hit by a commuter train while responding to a call that shots had been fired on the South Side. Officer Jimenez was killed in the line of duty last year after responding to a domestic disturbance. We value the role that the police departments and fire departments in Chicagoland play in keeping the community safe. We also understand how hard it is on the families of these heroes. We want to help in any way we can.