Waste audits can provide the basis for helping the environment as well as helping a company to save money and become more efficient. In order to conduct the most effective waste audits, it is important to follow the correct procedure. Working with a partner experienced in handling waste audits can ensure that the correct procedure is followed.
First, it is important to obtain corporate commitment for the process involved in conducting a waste audit. Without the commitment of senior management, waste audits will typically fail. The company must commit fully in regards to the personnel and time involved in conducting waste audits as well as taking action regarding the results of the audit. Once management is onboard with the idea of an audit, it is important to ensure that personnel are informed regarding the waste audit and the company’s commitment to reducing waste production.
Working with the right partners is also important to conducting successful waste audits. While everyone at the company should be onboard with the audit, a professional audit team can help to ensure that the audit is conducted in a proper manner. In addition, the audit team should also include representatives from each major department, including shipping/receiving, janitorial, factory operations, maintenance, engineering, and management.
The best waste audits are also planned well in advance. This is because each audit is different and should be customized to ensure that the needs of the company are met in a way that applies to the specific nature its facilities. While each audit should be conducted in an specific manner, it is also important to ensure that the audit will identify the amount as well as the nature and composition of the waste generated by that facility. Additionally, it is important for the audit to identify the way in which waste is generated by the facility. Finally, the audit should identify the manner in which the waste is ultimately managed, including through the storage and disposal of waste.
In order to develop the most effective waste audit, a variety of basic information must be gathered. Doing so can provide the basis for analyzing a variety of waste management areas for each department, including not only the total amount of waste generated but also the disposal rate at that particular facility.