Waste Assessment

Business Guide for Reducing Solid Waste provides an overview for developing and implementing a waste reduction program. It includes a series of worksheets designed to help you conduct a waste assessment and devise a program tailored for your company's specific goals. Part of this involves doing a waste assessment that is instrumental in gathering detailed information about your company’s waste. The waste assessment serves two basic purposes:

  • To establish a baseline of data by collecting background information on a facility and its current purchasing, waste generation, and management practices.
  • To identify potential waste reduction options for further evaluation.

The data you collect in the waste assessment can be used to identify and evaluate potential waste reduction options, including alternative purchasing practices, reuse, material exchanges, recycling, and composting.
Learn more at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)