Leaders Perception Magazine is currently running an interview series called – Navigating AI’s Impact On Business
Today, we had the opportunity to interview Matt Fitch who is a Founder And CEOat Manage My Trash.
Meet Matt Fitch, Founder and CEO of Manage My Trash, a waste management consulting firm that helps businesses across North America achieve sustainability. With over a decade of experience in the industry, Matt has been a leader in reducing waste and promoting sustainability. In this interview, he shares his insights on how his company has worked to reduce its environmental impact, the challenges they faced in implementing sustainable practices, and how they overcame them. Find out how Manage My Trash is helping businesses prioritize sustainability and corporate responsibility, and why it’s more than just the right thing to do – it’s also a fiscally responsible move for organizations.
Interviewee Name: Matt Fitch
Company: Manage My Trash
Matt Fitch’s favourite quote: Hard Work Creates Luck
Thank you so much for joining us today! Tell us a little bit about yourself. What is your backstory?
Matt Fitch : Since 2013 Matt Fitch, Founder And CEO at iHaulJunk, Inc. has been a leader in the waste management industry. Seeking to achieve sustainability in his position at iHaulJunk, and now as a consultant with ManageMyTrash for other businesses all across North America who look to do the same.
In what ways has your company worked to reduce its environmental impact, and what results have you seen from these efforts?
Matt Fitch : Sustainability doesn’t always equate to more process and higher costs for an organization.
For over a decade now we have been taking steps to reduce the waste we collect for our clients at iHaulJunk and it’s paid off, literally.
Taking a trip to the landfill costs us more time and more money than a trip to a recycle center or donation drop off.
Holding ourselves responsible to achieve sustainability is not only right for the environment, but is also a fiscally responsible move for the organization and our bottom line.
Waste collectors operating within the City of Austin also have regulatory guidelines we must adhere to for compliance. Austin set a Zero Waste Initiative with a goal to reduce landfill waste 90% by 2040 and at iHaulJunk we support this and we promote the cause as part of our mission.
Adopting a zero waste initiative has become a focal point of our marketing and branding.
In 2023 our business is growing, in spite of a slump in the economy this year and we attribute much of that growth in our commitment to community and the environment.
Over the last 3 years, iHaul has expanded to other markets across North America, currently employing more than 250 crews nationally and with a presence in all 50 states.
In 2022, we launched ManageMyTrash.com as our way of connecting with corporations that share our goal of achieving sustainability within their organizations.
At MMT we are applying insider knowledge obtained over a decade on the front-lines in the waste management industry, and bringing it to the top of executive board meeting agendas across North America.
Our consultants at MMT start by conducting a thorough waste stream audit of an organization to identify weaknesses and areas for improvement as it relates to sustainability.
We work closely with leadership teams at the executive level to develop sustainable practices. We assist with acquiring any necessary equipment such as trash compactors and cardboard bailers and we help companies develop internal systems to reduce waste while educating their staff and promoting sustainability corporate-wide.
At ManageMyTrash, we are directly on the front lines in the fight to prioritize sustainability and corporate responsibility and business is booming.
What challenges have you faced in implementing sustainable practices, and how have you overcome them?
Matt Fitch : The biggest challenge corporations face (ours included) is getting an entire group of people to wholeheartedly jump on board with the idea of achieving sustainability.
Turns out, bad habits die hard.
Us humans, we are creatures of habit by nature and unfortunately as Americans, we have been taught to value speed, convenience and profit ahead of always doing what’s right for the environment.
This truth certainly applies here.
I’ve come to learn from my own experiences at iHaul and working with other organizations, change is hard!
We overcome these obstacles through incentives and accountability. When an organization accomplishes a sustainability milestone they should reward their teams and when their teams fall short, repercussions are felt.
Helping businesses and corporate leaders make real change, while developing plans internally with goals and systems to achieve sustainability is at the core of what we do here at ManageMyTrash.
Leaders Perception would like to thank Matt Fitch and Manage My Trash for the time dedicated to completing this interview and sharing their valuable insights with our readers!
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