Waste Prevention Management
Source Reduction and Reuse
Both source reduction and reuse are waste management techniques for the non- production or unmaking of waste. In other words, waste reduction of this type can be defined as the reduction, avoidance or elimination of the generation of solid wastes. Since source reduction and reuse both result in the prevention of waste in the first place, the amount of waste which must composted, recycled, landfilled, etc. is reduced. Waste reduction of this type should be given the highest priority in solid waste management plans, because it reduces the demand placed on the management system.
Recycling is the process by which waste materials are collected, processed and manufactured into useful products to be used again. As much as 80 percent of the waste stream, exclusive of problem wastes, could technically be recovered from the mixed solid waste stream by recycling and composting. However, household and business participation, the capture rate of the individual materials, and storage, collection, processing and transportation costs affect the actual rate of recycling.
Waste Prevention Strategy and Tactical Planning
The Road to Zero Waste is not a straight one. What drives your company’s decisions on how to invest your solid waste budget, staff time and attention in deciding what to divert and where it goes, what to recycle and how to collect it, and how to educate community members to make your program successful? What does the future of the reduce-reuse-recycle hierarchy look like in your workplace? So long as the planning has a meaningful reduction strategy in effect and is actively engaged in implementing it, the cost reduction objective will be met.
Supply Development and Planning/Contract Agreement Review and Assistance
Our services are focused on helping commercial customers find the right paths, strategies and alternatives for maximizing their waste monetization efforts. The steps and sequence of activities is different for each entity depending upon many factors that are specific to each organization. Tools and methods that help customers gain perspective (as it relates to their specific circumstances) as well as the right paths and timing for implementation are what drives us the most.
(It should be noted that disposal bans alone cannot be looked at as waste prevention/source reduction if they only result in the redirection of material from disposal to another segment of the waste management system, such as recycling, without any waste reduction previous to entering this process. While it is certainly desirable for additional material to enter the recycling process, it cannot be considered source reduction.)
Financial Project Assessment
Waste reduction is one of the most effective low cost or no cost ways to reduce disposal fees. Most waste reduction practices are just simple good business practices with the “green” designation being an added bonus. Most operation throw out a massive amount of garbage, most of which could be diverted.
Asset Recovery/Compensation Program Design
Asset recovery, also known as investment or resource recovery, is the process of maximizing the value of unused or end-of-life assets through effective reuse or divestment.
Other possible values are :Equipment Repair/Resale, Buy-Back Programs, Taxable Donations.
Training Program Design and Presentation
Education is the key. The creation of an ongoing educational program to recognize the value of waste reduction and recycling is important. Education systems provide a learning experience to employees to incorporate recycling in their lives. Significant costs savings can be seen as well. If recycling is implemented properly the savings can be significant.