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How To Conduct a Waste Audit


So you are aware as a business that you are generating lots of trash, but you are not sure what to do about it.  One of the first steps that you can take is conducting a waste audit.

What is an Audit?What Exactly is a Waste Audit?
A waste audit is a methodically thought out process which can be used to determine the amount and types of waste that are generated by your organization.  Information from these audits can help you and your organization to determine how you can reduce the amount of waste that your company generates.

What are the Objectives of a Waste Audit?
The objective of a waste audit is often to determine the types of waste and the locations that will be audited.  Some other examples of objectives can be:

  • To identify areas where waste management reduction can be improved.
  • To determine the effectiveness of any current waste management strategies.
  • To determine the types of waste and amounts that is being generated at your company.

Steps To Complete a Waste Audit
Before completing a waste audit, it is important that you find help and properly train everyone.  Safety equipment and tetanus shots should be mandatory when handling waste material.  Once the necessary safety precautions have been taken into consideration, you and your team can begin the actual audit.  Use the steps below to get started.

  1. Plan the waste audit and determine the study area – Properly planning your audit will prevent a large number of issues during your audit.  If everyone that is participating knows all of the objectives of the waste audit, problems should be minimal.
  2. Collect the waste to be examined – Collecting the waste from the designated study area should be done with care.  If you have a cleaning staff, you can have them collect the waste, but you must give them specific instructions on the type of waste to collect for the audit.  A practice audit can be very beneficial to ensure that everyone understands the objectives.
  3. Sort the waste by category – After the waste has been collected you and your team can sort the waste to begin to create an analysis of the types and quantities of waste that your organization is generating.
  4. Analyze the waste data – Once the audit has been completed it is important to take detailed notes to learn about any trends in your company’s waste habits.

Still Have Questions About Conducting a Waste Audit?
Do not fear, if you are a bit lost when it comes to conducting a waste audit for your company, Ever-Green Recycling can help.  We would be happy to sit down with you to discuss conducting a waste audit and helping you and your team reduce the amount of waste that you are creating each and every day.  Call us directly today at 864-230-9800.

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