September 21, 2021
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Today’s labor shortage has employers all over the country, in all facets of business, struggling to fill positions, maintain productivity and achieve profitability. That’s why it is more important than ever for businesses to be deliberate when selecting their service partners. And when it comes to safely managing hazardous waste and ensuring compliance with regulations to avoid fines, your partnership choices matter even more.

With 70 years of experience, US Ecology remains the leading environmental solutions and emergency response provider managing hazardous, non-hazardous and universal waste for retailers across the nation. Our team of 3,400 professionals, 130 locations and comprehensive suite of sustainable disposal, recycling or reuse options for retail waste is the steady solution in times of uncertainty.

While driver shortages plague the transportation industry, US Ecology continues to identify talent that aligns with our Shared Values and can continue to deliver unequaled service and has invested the time and financial resources necessary to maintain a positive new-hire rate month over month. We partner with driving academies across the nation, and target specific technical schools to source different branches of talent, such as chemists or environmental, health and safety graduates, with a deeper knowledge of the rules and regulations. Our retail customers directly benefit from this approach. 

Knowing that achieving sustainability is a primary focus for our retail customers and their consumers, our Technical Services division continuously identifies environmentally-focused solutions that achieve regulatory compliance, while offering waste reduction, recycling or reuse programs such as aerosol can or ethanol recycling. These compliant and safe technologies allow customers the opportunity to meet their environmental goals while protecting the communities in which they work and live.

US Ecology continues to help deliver unequaled service to retailers by investing in innovative solutions to ensure our retail waste pick-ups are as efficient as possible. Our exclusive partnership with Smarter Sorting, a machine learning technology company, provides retailers an automated solution to more safely and compliantly classify and segregate RCRA, hazardous and non-hazardous waste. State-of-the-art intuitive technology has been installed in service trucks, that allows products to be individually electronically categorized on the component level. When combined with additional Smarter Sorting solutions available in stores, US Ecology provides retailers a pathway for more efficient and sustainable waste identification and management.

Despite the challenges facing retailers because of the pandemic, labor shortages and supply chain issues, US Ecology remains committed to meeting retailers’ environmental needs. Our dedicated customer service professionals and retail technicians keep open lines of communication, and collaborate with our customers to find the best solutions to maintain compliance while ensuring the safety of all involved. Our flexibility has resulted in altered pick-up schedules to meet fluctuating storage capacities in the back of stores. Internally at our TSDF’s, our teams are individually identifying waste profiles previously destined for landfill or incineration, and instead redirecting towards recycling and reuse options.  

US Ecology has the integrity and commitment in every step of our disciplined process to do what’s right to help our customers protect human health and the environment. From the development and growth of our 3,400 employees, to our nearly 70 years of comprehensive environmental services leadership, we stand ready to deliver on our promise of uncompromised compliance and exceptional value. Choose US Ecology for certainty when needing to manage your retail waste during these uncertain times.


To learn more about our Retail Solutions, please contact Jeff Scott, Director of Retail Solutions for US Ecology, at or (800) 592-5489.