SUCCESSFUL WASTE AUDIT METHODOLOGY
A Waste Audit is a methodical process used to quantify the amount and types of waste being generated by a specific building, facility or complex. Being waste‐wise has a multitude of benefits:
- Compliance with regulatory requirements;
- More efficient purchasing and management decisions;
- Reduced waste generation and waste management costs;
- Identify cost-effective opportunities for increased source reduction, reuse and recycling;
- Better use of limited natural resources;
- Improve image through a company’s environmental policies.
STEP 1 - PLANNING
Coordinate with the building’s managerial staff, janitorial team and waste hauler a comprehensive plan to realize the waste audit in the most efficient manner. Determine the most appropriate unit of measurement for the waste stream audit - either volume, weight, or both.
STEP 2 - PROJECT SET UP
Perform a walk-through and determine the appropriate waste categories for the audit relative to the audited building’s total waste stream.
STEP 3 - WASTE COLLECTION
The waste audit is to be performed at a time that best represents the building’s total waste stream. Collect the waste and recycling from the building and bring it to one sorting location, most likely in a loading/dock area where waste bins and compactors are typically located.
STEP 4 - SORTING
During the audit, all waste (recyclables, non‐recyclables, organics, e‐waste, fluorescent bulbs, etc.) will be collected and separated.
STEP 5 - WASTE MEASUREMENT AND DATA COLLECTION
The waste auditors will sort, identify and categorize the collected waste. The contents of each trash bag will be recorded, weighed and sorted into material categories (e.g., glass, plastics, metals, papers, organic waste). Each category is then individually weighed and recorded. Our staff is responsible for bringing our own equipment.
Step 6 - Analyze and Report
The Solid Waste Audit report will include the total quantity of waste generated in the building and will be broken out by category within each area sampled. The written report will also include general recommendations on waste reduction and achievement of the LEED EBOM credits and/or exemplary performance.