Seven Steps

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Step 1-Choose Your Waste Management Coordinator
Establish a team that includes management and staff. Select an organized, enthusiastic, creative person as the Waste Management Coordinator.

Step 2-Win Management Support
Without management buy in, implementing a successful program can encounter significant barriers. It is important to engage management with economic arguments, such as reducing disposal costs (see Step 3) in addition to environmental reasons. Wherever possible, management should participate in initiating the program and empowering employees.

Step 3-Estimate Your Waste Reduction Potential
Wherever possible do a waste audit.

Opportunities for waste prevention are often hidden in inefficient processes. A waste audit will reveal ways to become more efficient.

A waste audit will help you answer the following questions:
Where does the waste come from and what is recoverable?
What materials are commonly purchased and discarded?
How does your waste hauling system work and what does it cost?
Are there waste management programs at neighboring businesses?
What wastes are being reduce, reused, and recycled?

Step 4-Contact your waste hauler about recycling

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Step 5-Set up your program
Identify recycling opportunities and choose appropriate recycling containers.
Locate and label workspace recycling bins strategically.
Establish storage areas and collection procedure.
Where possible, use in-house staff to consolidate the recyclables from the recycling containers to one main storage area.

Step 6-Educate and Motivate Employees
Develop a plan to market the program to employees.
Announce your program.
Establish a contact for waste management questions and information.
Follow-up on the plan.

Step 7-Purchase with Waste Prevention in Mind
Buy products that are reusable, durable, repairable, and recyclable.
Buy products with recycled content.
Reduce packaging waste.

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