The Day of the Waste Audit
On the day of the waste audit — which should not be advertised to your staff, since we want to record what happens on a “normal” day in your facility — we’ll setup shop near the point where your trash removal system ends, usually near the dumpsters on your loading dock.
We’ll arrive with our expertise, our experience, our tools, and our good attitudes. Remember, this will be a day out of the office for us. Who doesn’t like a break from the routine? We live for this.
Once we’re set up and ready to get down and dirty we’ll start the process of examining the incoming garbage and recycling materials that make their way to the endpoint of your waste collection operation. Our waste audit will not only examine the entirety of what is in your overall waste stream, but also how efficient your current separation system is operating. The objective will be to give you specific ways to help you meet your waste diversion goals, meaning the majority of your waste will not end up filling valuable — and increasingly expensive —space in a landfill.
The waste will be separated into municipal solid waste (MSW), single‐stream recycling such as cardboard, fiber, glass, metal, and plastic, organics (compost), and materials such as electronics, batteries, and chargers that have specific disposal requirements.
To do this we will:
- Weigh every bag from all streams generated
- Carefully examine and separate the contents into the proper waste stream.
- Bag the waste types into separate color-coded bags.
- Weigh the bags so we know the percentage of each waste type that is incoming during normal operations at your facility.
- Record via visual inspection what exactly is in your garbage.
- Ascertain the percentage of recyclables that are not making it into the proper recycling stream.
- Pay special attention to organic materials that are not making their way into a composting stream, including where exactly in your facility that organic material is coming from.
By bearing down and doing this kind of detailed examination of your waste stream we can share with you what’s going on “under the hood” of your facility’s operations.
Special event facilities have more moving parts and a less controlled waste stream on a “game day.” In these cases, we’ll not only concentrate on the endpoint of the waste stream but also go mobile in the facility and try to see where your patrons can help you in the task of streamlining the waste collection process.
With some guidance and opportunity, the good people attending your sporting event, concert, or other special event can be part of the large-scale solution to meeting your waste disposal goals.
We’ll focus on finding opportunities for creating sort centers near kiosks and concession stands, designing signage and color-coded bagging, and examining opportunities to adopt compostable service ware (plates, napkins, etc.) as part of concession operations. Making the collection of clean recycling and the separation of organic material a deeply embedded part of the normal way of “doing business” at events you host will be the ultimate goal.