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Plan Your WasteWise Participation

A well-designed plan for participation will help your organization meet its waste reduction goals and the requirements of WasteWise. Use the recommendations below to create a firm foundation for your waste reduction efforts:

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Form a Team

Form a waste reduction team made up of employees responsible for maintaining your waste reduction participation—planning, designing, and implementing activities. By forming a team, employees throughout your organization can share in your waste reduction efforts. The size of your team will depend on the size of your organization and its individual departments/operations.

Participants may be responsible for:

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Conduct a Waste Assessment

A waste assessment or “waste audit” is a systematic review of your facility and its operations to quantify waste generation and identify management practices. Waste assessment data will give your team a much better understanding of the types and amounts of waste your organization generates. A waste assessment:

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Define the Scope of your Participation

Defining the scope of your participation will focus your waste reduction activities and resources on certain areas of your organization. To determine the scope of your participation, examine your facilities or key operations for waste reduction opportunities, and then choose waste reduction areas on which to focus.

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Evaluate Your Options

Use the results of your waste assessment to choose waste reduction activities. Consider holding a brainstorming session to identify potential waste prevention and recycling activities. List your most promising options and evaluate them in terms of economic and operational feasibility.

When analyzing and selecting your options:

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Set Goals

Use the results of your waste assessment to identify activities to help you prevent waste, expand recycling, and increase the purchasing/manufacturing of recycled-content products. Set goals that can be tracked and measured.

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Implement WasteWise

Once your waste reduction team has set measurable goals, it is time to launch your WasteWise activities. Many successful activities begin with an organization-wide kickoff event that offers your organization’s leaders an opportunity to encourage participation and explain your goals.

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Work With WasteWise

WasteWise Partners have access to free waste reduction technical assistance. The information specialists at the WasteWise Helpline can help you identify goals, share insights and success stories from other Partners, answer program questions, and provide you with information and resources as you work to meet your goals and report your successes.

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