Important advice: Audit and repeat

You can’t manage what you don’t measure. Make sure your hauler is weighing your waste, then calculate the amount per day, or per person per day.

Share the results, make it tangible and challenge everyone to reduce. Competitions between departments can be motivating.

Also check out the EPA’s Waste Reduction Model “WARM” calculator, which allows you to calculate reduction in greenhouse gas emissions based on various waste reduction and diversion scenarios. Per the WARM calculator, a business with 100 tons/year of waste that reduces by 15 percent saves 44 metric tons of carbon equivalent emissions. This equals a reduction by the amount emitted from over 18,000 gallons of gasoline.

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