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Small Business Snapshot: Elytus

Small Business Snapshot: Elytus Credit: Hunter Airhart

Our Small Business Snapshot series features photos that represent, in just one image, what the small businesses we feature are all about. Matthew S. Hollis, president of Elytus, explains how this image represents his business.

It's almost unavoidable that every company creates trash and food waste every day, and many companies don't know what to do with it besides throwing it in a dumpster or landfill. Elytus helps these large companies dispose of trash the right way, by understanding their waste stream and managing it to be more sustainable and cost effective. 

Our planet is precious, and it's our goal at Elytus to turn something forgotten and unthinkable, like waste, into something beautiful and sustainable. This picture above is the essence of what we do — we think that if trash is disposed of correctly, it can be the foundation of a beautiful, sustainable plant. Every day we come to work partnering with our clients to live out our motto: "Waste Nothing."

Elytus was founded on the premise that there is a better way to do things. We developed a software platform, WINstream, that saves hundreds of hours of administrative time for our clients in their workflow processes. Through this platform, customers are able to obtain business intelligence on all aspects of their waste/recycling program. From there, we adapt it to help our clients stop wasting the resources of our environment as well. As we celebrate ten years in business, we can proudly say that we represent almost 50 national chains, over 10,000 locations, coast to coast and millions in aggregated spend on behalf of our clients. 

The biggest challenge we face today is the status quo. So many companies have sent thousands of tons of waste to landfills for years, and it’s extremely hard to get them to rethink this practice. Elytus hopes to continue partnering with more and more customers to help them be smarter about the ways they handle their waste stream. While they may have to involve a landfill, it could also involve a lot of recycling as well.

Edited for brevity and clarity by Nicole Taylor.