Tom LaMartina Joins RWS Facility Services as Vice President of Facility Services
CHADDS FORD, Pa.—April 28, 2021 – RWS Facility Services (RWS), a provider of comprehensive managed facility services, announced it has appointed Tom LaMartina to the role of vice president of facility managed services. In this role, LaMartina will be responsible for overseeing the RWS sales and service organization that provides support services to facilities in manufacturing, distribution, pharma and commercial offices in the company’s growing national footprint of facility services clients.
LaMartina joins RWS after seven years at ISS Facility Services, most recently as senior vice president for the Specialized Services Division. He previously spent ten years as senior vice president of ABM’s Southeastern region engineering and facilities division and seven years as the Northeastern regional vice president for Schindler Elevator.
“Tom brings to RWS his vast experience in successfully managing the sales and service operations of several billion-dollar facility service companies. He has an impressive track record of increasing revenue and profitability in all his roles, which makes him an optimal fit for RWS as we continue to expand our facility managed services,” said Anthony Dilenno, president and CEO of RWS. “We are excited to welcome him to RWS.”
About RWS Facility Services
RWS Facility Services (RWS) is a full-service facility management company that integrates people, processes and technology to provide support services that ensure the functionality, efficiency and safety of a business or property in a sustainable and cost-effective way. RWS offers one-stop convenience for comprehensive facility services that include commercial waste managed services, commodity managed services and facility managed services. Companies working with RWS gain a single point of contact customized for their unique needs, as well as real-time data for smart decision making that results in a positive return on investment. For more information, visit www.rwsfacilityservices.com.
Revitalize Your Recycling Program
When COVID-19 became a global pandemic in early 2020, shelter-in-place orders kept many consumers at home. As a result, many retail businesses focused on economic survival and sanitation rather than sustainability, leading to a drop in demand for recycling at commercial facilities and laxer enforcement of mandatory regulations like California’s AB 827, which requires some businesses to place bins for commercial organic waste next to trash bins.
Ways to Transform Recycled Waste
The economic disruptions of COVID-19 have caused many restaurants and retail businesses to look for ways to cut costs and find new revenue streams. But many businesses don’t realize that up to 40% of their trash — from post-consumer plastics such as hangers and water bottles, to metals, fibers, and even food grease — can be diverted from landfill to generate income.
The Environment & Your Bottom Line
For restaurants and retailers, COVID-19 has disrupted every aspect of business. With so many critical issues that have risen to the top of the list of concerns, recycling programs tend to fall to the back burner as companies focus on economic survival. However, while COVID-19 (and a drop in scrap commodities prices) has driven up recycling costs for some items, prioritizing recycling of high-quality commodities still provides better value than sending trash to the landfill.
America is facing a mounting trash crisis as existing landfills reach capacity and densely populated areas run out of room to establish new facilities. The situation has become so urgent that more state and local jurisdictions are capping how much trash you can send to landfills and levying hefty fines for businesses that exceed these limits.
Smart Trash Planning
Improve the profitability and safety of multifamily facilities with a well-designed trash and recycling area.
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Today’s renters, particularly millennials, prioritize sustainability, which means that communities that offer a recycling program can often charge roughly $500 more in rent per unit over those that do not. Moreover, while recycling rates have increased in recent years, recycling is still a better deal than sending trash to the local landfill.
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Fall and winter are approaching, and the seasonal changes will affect the way hotels, commercial buildings, malls and multi-family structures are used by tenants and the public. Now is the time to start your walk-throughs and inspections and to perform preventive maintenance.
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Restaurants Save with Recycling
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Why Recycle Obsolete Goods
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Save with Food Waste Recycling
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Leveraging Waste Audits
Facility management professionals are looking at ways to achieve the goals they set for 2020. For some, increasing revenue is at the top of the list while others are looking to cut costs or providing a safe and healthy environment. What you may not know, is that a good waste audit can be a ticket to supporting all of the above.