Top 5 blog posts of 2020

As we leave 2020 behind, let’s take a look at the top blog posts of the year. From planning outdoor weddings to implementing the latest dumpster camera technology, here are the articles people visited most this year.

How many toilets does it take?   

The most-visited blog post in 2020 was our run-down on OSHA Rules for Construction Portable Toilets. It may or may not have been related to an increased need for handwashing stations this year, but we definitely saw more portable toilet and handwashing station rentals in 2020. Back in the spring, there was a waiting list for handwashing stations, which led to some creative trailer conversions. There are plenty in stock now, so give us a call if you need additional portable toilets and handwashing stations in 2021.

Keep an eye on your waste costs. 

Next up was our post: New dumpster camera technology for better waste management. Our commercial waste team implemented Compology camera tech in our dumpsters this year, which led to more efficient service schedules. To learn more about how our camera tech helped customers right-size their waste during COVID-19, check out Dan Studer’s article in FMJ magazine.

Create a memorable outdoor wedding.

For the second year running, our article on planning an outdoor wedding was in the top five. With many people converting their indoor wedding to an outdoor one this year, it’s no surprise our article on portable toilets for outdoor weddings continues to get a lot of page views. We also featured outdoor wedding planning in a recent Ask Angela post.

How do you clean up after a storm or disaster?

This year had no shortage of fires, hurricanes, and events that required massive clean-up efforts. The most-viewed blog post from our resident waste expert was Ask Angela: How to clean up after a storm, fire or disaster. Many people don’t know where or how to dispose of storm or fire debris, and sometimes local rules can be confusing. We helped a lot of people coordinate cleanup efforts nationwide in 2020. This post features Angela’s top advice for anyone facing a reconstruction project.

Don’t get stuck with hidden fees.

Rounding out the top five is Top 10 dumpster hidden rental fees. One of our core missions is to provide fair, transparent pricing to our customers. This is because we know hidden rental fees can eat into a project’s budget and create unwanted surprises when an invoice arrives. In this post, we uncover the most common hidden fees and how to avoid them. When you’re ready to bundle your site services into one package with transparent pricing, give us a call. We’ve been helping people streamline their service rentals for more than ten years.

A 2020 Fireside Chat

2020 was remarkable, not only for the obvious reasons, but also from a business standpoint. We surpassed 100 employees, our new headquarters opened (although we’re still waiting to bring everyone back), and we adapted to meet the challenges and changes we all faced. To close out the year, join Chad, our president of marketing development, for a little much-needed humor in this 2020 fireside chat.  

Ask Angela: How does ZTERS decide which waste haulers to use?

Angela Phillips is a Senior Account Manager III at ZTERS. She helps customers with some of their most challenging site service issues, and she answers your questions here on our website.

This is a great question because it’s one people are often curious about. You might already know, ZTERS is essentially a waste broker, which means we work with haulers all over the country to schedule the right services for our construction and event customers. Our network of local haulers is pretty extensive, especially because we’ve been doing this for more than a decade.

One thing we like to mention is what sets us apart in the industry. We’re a family-run company and we work personally with a lot of local, small businesses as well as major regional and nationwide haulers. We develop relationships with all kinds of businesses to make sure they’re top-quality servicers. In fact, we even have a team dedicated to our hauler relationships. We want everyone to be successful and have a positive experience.

Having said that, there is a method to the madness. We’ve developed a proprietary ranking system over the years that measures things like reliability, service quality, and pricing. Being the cheapest is not always the best, especially if reliability is a problem! We strive to make sure all our customers get the best service possible, so we work with waste haulers who provide consistently reliable deliveries and maintenance. And we’ve gotten to know many of our haulers as friends!

Ultimately, our goal is to make sure everyone wins – from great service to ongoing business relationships. Isn’t that what it’s all about?

As we’ve grown over the years, so has our network. We’re coming up on almost 15,000 vendors in our hauler network, and that number continues to grow. Being in business this long, and with this size of a network, we know where to go when a challenging request comes in. We know who to call when there’s a storm-related shortage, or when a last-minute delivery request comes in, or even when a customer needs service in a remote area.

I hope that answers your question! The bottom line is we look at many factors, and we’ve developed a data-based system, to find the most reliable waste haulers nationwide. If you have other questions, or if you want to know “how the sausage is made,” drop us a line through social media or email. Thanks for your question!

ZTERS Appoints Shelby Lowe to Run Houston Expansion

Lowe will oversee expansion of local worksite service rentals.

HOUSTON, November 30, 2020 – Longtime waste industry veteran Shelby Lowe has been tapped to helm a locally focused expansion of ZTERS. As President, Lowe will manage site service rentals in the Greater Houston area. He brings decades of Fortune 500 executive experience to the role.

“Shelby has a long track record of success in this industry, and we’re grateful to have his experience and leadership as the company grows,” said ZTERS CEO Jon Farley.

Lowe launched and owned a highly successful solid waste residential and commercial collection company that was purchased by Browning-Ferris Industries (BFI), a Fortune 500 company.

Lowe has held executive leadership roles with Fortune 500 companies Allied Waste Industries and BFI, and a nationally recognized bio-solids company. He went on to serve as a Regional Vice President for Allied Waste where he managed annual revenues of more than $950 million

In these roles, has managed the growth of multimillion-dollar divisions and has been instrumental in building successful sales teams. Lowe has also been involved in major acquisitions deals within the industry.

“Taking companies to the next-level in terms of capacity and service is something I’ve enjoyed throughout my career,” Lowe said. “It’s great to work with a local company like ZTERS that cares so much for their employees and customers and to help them reach their potential.”

With his extensive executive leadership experience in the waste management field, Lowe will spearhead the company’s growth in one of the largest waste markets in the United States. He has spent much of his career in the southeast and is a graduate of Louisiana State University.

ZTERS has invested in a fleet of roll-off dumpster delivery trucks, temporary fencing, storage containers, and other jobsite service rental products. Lowe’s appointment launches a new phase of growth, where the company’s top-tier service will continue to be the cornerstone of market development.

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About ZTERS
Since 2009, ZTERS has provided top-rated waste solutions, including dumpsters, portable toilets, temporary fencing, storage containers, and portable offices to construction sites and commercial facilities. Family-owned and founded by a longtime waste industry professional, the company has a customer-first approach. Every project has a dedicated account manager who provides an upfront quote with no hidden fees. Learn more at www.zters.com.