What is a Waste Audit? Benefits and Why Every Business Needs A Waste Audit

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What is a Waste Audit?

A waste audit is the study of regular waste composition produced at a designated entity. It provides you with a thorough understanding of problem areas especially within your building.

Our waste auditors will examine your waste by looking at bags of waste, sorting items, recording and analyzing the data. By so doing, we are able to identify the amount of each waste type according to the weight. This also helps identify what’s thrown out as waste and what your building recycles or reuses.

A waste audit helps you see exactly what you are throwing out as waste. This just means that without a waste audit, you really do not know what’s going on in your waste stream.

A waste audit will let you know if you need to improve your programs and it is also a great way to measure the success of your building’s waste and recycling programs.

Green Forever Environmental conducts waste audits for office buildings, schools, shopping complexes, shopping establishments, hospitals, hotels, restaurants and even manufacturing establishments.

A waste audit helps characterize and quantify waste streams and it also tells you how well your business is doing. For example with the help of a waste audit, you are able to tell what types and amount of materials – whether cans, bottles, plastics, paper/ cardboard or organics and your building generates.

If you’re wondering …who needs a waste audit, well I have to say every business needs it. There are various levels of waste audit from a basic one to a comprehensive waste audit. You can choose the one that’s right for your building.

Wouldn’t it be great to know how much of your garbage is actually garbage? Well, the only way to know is by conducting a waste audit.

Who needs a Waste Audit?

I have answered the question “What is a Waste Audit” but who really needs to carry out a waste audit? The answer is this….every business needs a waste audit. This could be an office building, a school, restaurant, hotel, hospital, shopping mall. You could even carry out a waste audit in your home.

Waste Audits reveal what you are throwing out as waste, what you are diverting (by reusing or recycling) and the amount of each type of material.

Property Managers, Facility Managers or anyone in charge of an office building, a shopping complex, restaurant, schools, hospitals or hotel is encouraged to carry out waste audits at least once a year. Waste audits will reveal problem areas and even reduce costly spending.

The Stats are Scary! Time to Act is Now!

According to Statistics Canada, Ontarians sent over 10 million tonnes of waste to landfill in 2018. This is an increase by a little over 600,000 tonnes from 2016 data!

I’ll break it down for you right here:

  • In 2016, Ontario’s residential waste figure was 3,703,850 tonnes and the non-residential waste figure was 5,771,622 tonnes
  • In 2018, Ontario’s residential waste figure was 3,980,665 tonnes and the non-residential waste figure was 6,104,948 tonnes.

Note that non residential waste is waste from the industrial, commercial, institutional and construction sectors.

If our waste continues to increase at this rate, it is believed that Ontario will run out of landfill capacity by 2032!

Is Waste Audit a New Term?

The simple answer is No. Many people are not just aware that there is actually something called waste audit.

I attended a workshop a while back and was asked to talk briefly about what I do. I explained the nature of my work at Green Forever Environmental – Consulting… and that our services include carrying out waste audits for clients and monitoring their sites to ensure their programs are running smoothly.

Some people did not understand what “waste audit” meant so I explained to them what that meant. Someone actually told me that its uncommon and kind of unique to be auditing organizations’ waste and recycling.

I quickly explained to them that aside from the fact that organizations end up saving money on garbage pick up costs, it is important to carry out waste audits regularly in order to protect the environment for ourselves and future generations.

At the workshop, I also explained the compliance aspect of Waste Audits. In Ontario Canada, there are regulations in place that require specific buildings to conduct regular waste audits and source separate their waste.

Waste Audit Benefits: Why Every Business Should Carry Out A Waste Audit

1. Waste audits can help you determine the effectiveness of your waste and recycling program

A waste audit will reveal if you are throwing out too much stuff. Why not stop guessing and find out what is going on or what the problem is?

A waste audit will let you know if your waste/recycling program is working or not. It can reveal wasteful areas and at the same time it can expose successful areas. This will allow you make adjustments and help keep your garbage “small” and it also helps you divert a lot of materials from waste.

Waste audits also help improve your 3Rs practices – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. The saying goes “one man’s waste is another man’s resource.

Simply put a waste audit will assist you in clearly identifying the types of waste you generate – whether you’re generating too much paper, containers such as cans, bottles, plastics and glass.

Your business could be generating a lot of paper and you may not know it but a waste audit will let you know if your staff is wasting paper. A waste audit will let you know that you need to take action. In this case, you may need to educate your staff or the solution may be to improve the existing recycling program.

2. Track your building’s success with the help of Waste AuditsPaper in recycling bin

As a property manager or the owner of a building, the first waste audit you carry out will serve as an eyeopener into the different types of waste and recyclable materials your building generates. Once you have conducted this waste audit, don’t stop there. Continue to carry out waste audits regularly and compare results to see if your recycling programs are improving.

An office building started training their staff after a waste audit revealed that 50% of their garbage was made up of recyclable materials. This same building conducted a follow up audit the following year and the audit revealed that the amount of recyclable materials found in the waste had reduced by 40%!

This proves that waste audits help assess effectiveness and determine ways to improve a building’s current waste management systems.

3. Waste audits help you stay in compliance with regulations and avoid fines

In Ontario Canada, specific organizations in the Industries, Commercial and Institutional (IC&I) sector are required to carry out Waste audits as they are necessary to gain compliance with Ontario regulations 102/94. They are also required to have source separation programs (Ontario regulations 103/94) for materials including paper, cans, bottles, plastics.

Waste audits are also part of the requirements for certification standards such as LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design). A thorough analysis of your building’s waste stream is required in order to comply with LEED for Existing Buildings Operations & Maintenance.

4. Property Managers can save money by carrying out Waste audits in their office buildings

Waste audits reveal what types of waste your building generates; so by reducing the amount of garbage you generate, you may be able to reduce your waste disposal fees.

  • You may think your office building is generating a lot of garbage when it really isn’t or you may not know for sure if you are throwing out a lot of garbage or not.
  • It could be that your building does not have an organics program and you are simply throwing out food waste instead of setting up an organics program to divert food waste from landfill! But how do you know the types of waste you’re actually throwing out? The only way to know this is to have a waste audit conducted. Some audits we conducted for our clients led to these type of findings. This just shows that waste audits help identify waste diversion opportunities.

Waste Audit Key Points

If you are a Property Manager, a Facility Manager or you’re in charge of a building; in summary Waste Audits will help you:

– Quantify waste streams.

– Divert waste from landfill.

– Save money and keep company’s garbage low.

– Reduce waste from its point of generation.

– Identify new programs and Improve existing waste and recycling programs.

-Protect the Environment for us and future generations

Conclusion

I hope this post has answered the question, What is a Waste Audit?

By adopting best practices such as conducting regular waste audits and implementing recycling programs, your building can move closer to your zero waste goals just like other buildings who have already applied sustainable waste management practices to their operations!

As a Property or Facility Manager, you should know the amount and types of waste you generate and conduct a waste audit, at least once a year.

If you are unsure whether your building is diverting enough materials from landfill, a waste audit will help you. If you are not in compliance with waste audit regulations in Ontario, Canada, ensure you have one conducted as soon as possible to avoid fines.

Are you just hearing about waste audits for the first time? If your building has carried out waste audits what was your experience like? Were you able to keep your garbage disposal costs low and did it improve your diversion rate? We’d love to hear from you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What is Earth day about and how do we celebrate earth day? Here are 11 tips.

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The first Earth Day was held in 1970 in the United States and in 1980 in Canada. It has now grown into an internationally celebrated event in more than 190 countries. Earth day is the perfect time to remember to appreciate the Earth – our home.

Environmental discussions are huge these days and there’s never been a better time to engage in conversations with friends, colleagues and family, at school and work, and even in our communities about such topics than now. We can all benefit by engaging in these discussions and doing our part by preserving the earth just by making small and big changes.

Various events are held worldwide on earth day to show support for environmental protection. In some places around the world, Earth day is usually celebrated throughout the week with different themes in place and for some the month of April is devoted to Earth day with lots of activities to create awareness and to encourage people to participate.

How do we celebrate earth day?

If you are not familiar with earth day, you may be asking questions such as, ‘how do people celebrate earth day and what can I do as an individual or as an organization?’ In this section, I’m going to discuss several ways we can celebrate earth day and also make every day earth day. As an individual, as a property manager, building owner, as parents, or even as kids, there’s a lot we can all do to make our earth “greener” and safer.

If you’re wondering what you can do for earth day, here are 11 awesome tips:

1. Litter Clean Up:

You can organize litter cleanup in your community. Encourage your friends, families and neighbors to come out with you and pick up litter.

Garbage and household toxic substances make up litter. These materials are disposed improperly in water or on land. No matter the size of the litter, it can negatively impact the environment for many years to come. Therefore, before throwing an item out the window or looking the other way when someone else is littering, it is important to consider the impact you can make on the environment by reusing, recycling and disposing of waste in a proper manner.

The government spends millions of dollars to pick up litter. However, if you dispose of waste in a proper manner, the cost for clean up would reduce drastically and that money can be used for other projects.

Did you know that a waste audit is a great tool that can help monitor and solve litter problems?

Another way to monitor the amount and composition of litter that is picked up is to conduct a waste audit. A waste audit will help you see what types of materials are being thrown out and if proper waste / recycling bins are required in locations where litter occurs. At the end of the clean up exercise, you can also weigh the materials you have collected. You will be surprised what problems you can solve by conducting a waste audit. If you are thinking of hiring a consultant to conduct your waste audit, GF Environmental can help you solve your waste and recycling problems.

Litter clean up can be carried out literally anywhere – be it schools, parks, office buildings, around a city to mention a few.

2. Adopt Energy Efficiency Methods:

Energy efficiency can be defined as the use of technology that requires less energy to perform the same function as a conventional item.

A good example of energy efficiency is a LED light bulb which uses less energy than an incandescent light bulb to produce the same light bulb. This earth day, why not spread the word by encouraging people to change to LED bulbs. A person who decides to give up incandescent bulbs in their home and replaces it with LED light bulbs will conserve more energy by doing so.

Are you a building owner? If so here’s what you can do to make your building greener

A strategy that would help a building owner increase efficiency in order to lower the operating costs of a new building project would be to install all LED lighting in that building. For building energy use, the operator can increase efficiency by using Energy Star Appliances and equipment, high efficiency boilers and high efficiency HVAC systems.

3. Reduce Reuse Recycle

The first step is to avoid generating waste and the only way to do this is to REDUCE waste at the source by saying no to packaged items and taking reusable containers with you when you go shopping for instance.

REUSE as much as you can and then finally RECYCLE. Ensure you know what materials are acceptable for recycling in your community and make sure you have appropriate bins. Place recyclable materials in the recycling bin on your curbside. Soda cans, cereal boxes, cardboard, milk jugs are all recyclable. These materials are picked up by a waste hauler and sent to a recycling plant, sorted and sold to manufacturers that turn those materials into something else.

Now here’s one thing to keep in mind…

Keep in mind that durable materials last longer and reduce the demand for virgin materials. If possible when making purchasing decisions look for cradle to cradle products. These are products that are recycled into new products at the end of their useful life. A good example is the Herman Miller Aeron Chair which is designed so that all parts can be separated and reused or recycled after its useful life.

Heads up for facility managers…

If you belong to the Industrial, Commercial and Institutional sectors in Ontario Canada, you are required by law to carry out a waste audit and source separate your waste. GF Environmental customized waste audit methods and solutions can help you achieve your waste reduction goals (reduce reuse recycle) and save you money. We will work with you every step of the way to establish and monitor your recycling programs and ensure your recycling programs are running smoothly.

4. Encourage Outdoor Play and Connect with your Community:

Kids these days spend so much time on screen playing games like fortnite, which Prince Harry also feels is addictive and should be banned.

Americans spend more time indoors than outdoors and this we know is not healthy. Let’s encourage community connectivity by riding their bikes, playing outside and in the parks while limiting screen time and socializing at the same time. Back in the day, kids looked forward to playing outside with other kids in their neighborhoods. This should strongly be encouraged especially in warmer months.

If you are a builder or developer, here’s what you can also do..

A neighborhood design strategy that will help promote community connectivity would be street grid patterns when planning a mixed use project that includes family homes, retail, office space and town homes. A street grid pattern is one in which the streets are well laid in rectangles or squares.

5. Conserve potable water by collecting rainwater:

There’s never been a better time than the season of spring to collect rainwater and make use of it around your home. Rainwater by itself is pure but there’s a high possibility that some pollutants get mixed with it as the water comes gushing down the roof. Rainwater can easily be used for: watering indoor and outdoor plants, washing vegetables from your garden and for washing your car, tools, lawn mower and even your driveway! Trust me that’s huge water savings right there!

I will not advise you use rainwater to cook or bathe but if you are, it is important to treat rainwater if you are thinking of using it inside your home.

If you are a building Operator, here’s what you can also do.

In order to reduce potable water use indoors, there should be a rainwater harvesting system in place. Rainwater can be diverted into storage tanks or cistern for use in landscaping or inside for flushing.

Submetering of water – using systems will also help optimize water consumption in a facility. The systems must be measured. Submetering is great as it helps monitor what systems are using more water than other systems and which system has leaks.

6. Support The Local Economy

Materials extracted and manufactured locally support the local economy and are preferable to materials from far away. This eliminates the need for transportation of goods from one place to another. Buying local reduces your carbon footprint and in terms of perishable items, buying local keeps them fresh and they taste better because such items do not have to travel long distances and pollution is reduced which also results in better air quality.

7. Promote Urban Agriculture In Your City

This earth day, start practicing urban agriculture. Its high time we focused on sustainable food methods and urban agriculture helps us achieve this because the needs of the present will be met, without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Urban agriculture as the name implies is simply the act of cultivating, processing and distributing food within and around urban areas. Some people refer to it as urban gardening while others call it urban farming.

In my opinion, urban agriculture encompasses two things – sustainability and opportunity.

Residents of that community can volunteer in a community garden and in turn acquire knowledge and skills to also start their own gardens. They can also patronize the farmers market in their community.

Produce grown locally will be cheaper and more nutritious for residents. Growing food locally also eliminates food transportation costs.

Did you know that urban agriculture can also reduce the heat island effect?

Simply put, heat island is when built up urban areas are hotter than nearby rural areas.

Communities can be affected by heat island because there is increase in energy demand, high air conditioning costs, air pollution and illness related to heat.

We can improve our communities resilience to heat waves by doing the following:

  • Planting trees around your homes

The trees shade our homes and helps cool down our homes which decreases the need for air conditioning. Trees improve air quality and reduce exposure to ultraviolet radiation.

  • Installing roof top gardens

A roof top garden or green roof is a roof top partially or completely covered with vegetation. This type of roof removes heat from the air and reduces roof surface temperatures thereby improving indoor comfort. This translates to reduction in your energy bill since green roofs act as insulators reducing energy required to provide heating and cooling.

Urban agriculture if practiced in cities around the world, will in the long run make the world a better place to live.

8. Familiarize yourself with ‘green’ concepts

One big problem we are faced with is climate change.

Climate change is mainly as a result of human activity. Climate change refers to the different types of changes occurring on our planet. If we look around it is evident that climate change is real – shrinking ice caps, longer droughts, global rise in temperature, rising sea levels are good examples.

We can do our part by picking up books related to these topics and in so doing get familiar with these issues and also come together to find solutions to these problems. Documentaries and films are also great resources.

9. Accreditation and Certification

Property managers can get their buildings certified and individuals can become accredited professionals in green building.

Accreditation:

As an individual there are three levels of LEED credentials you can pursue – Leed Green Associate, Leed AP with specialty and LEED fellow. You must earn the Leed Green Associate credential first before you can move on to the other two levels. The Leed Green Associate gives you a basic knowledge of green building and is meant for someone who supports green building design and operations in non-technical areas. All LEED credentials are earned by passing exams administered by the Green Business Certification Inc.

Certification:

Property Managers or Facility managers can also make their buildings ‘green’ by updating their systems and operations. Facility managers can look into getting their buildings leed certified. This is a huge way of establishing their buildings as a leader in green building. Green buildings are highly profitable. There are lots of economic benefits of green building which include reduced liabilities due to poor indoor air quality that can result in health issues and reduced utility costs.

10. Adaptive Reuse

Adaptive reuse is a great way of using an existing building for another purpose.

It simply means reusing an old building for a different function. A historical site for instance, is preserved with adaptive reuse and the site’s history is maintained. Another example could be an old still mill renovated into a business center.

There are huge benefits from adaptive reuse. These include:

Less environmental issues. Although some work will be required to give the face of the building an uplift, less energy will be required to get the job done than what would be required to erect a new structure.

Fewer raw materials are required for construction and less transportation of raw materials will be required which reduces the impact on toxic waste.

Urban sprawl: Environmental issues that come with urban sprawl can be reduced with adaptive reuse because communities are provided with sustainable housing and commercial properties. This type of affordable and sustainable solution will reduce the need for people to move to rural areas. This eliminates commuting to cities in their cars.

The economic benefits of adaptive reuse are huge. Energy costs are on the rise but adaptive reuse reduces energy consumption which equates to huge financial savings. Reusing existing materials also means less waste will be generated which also translates to savings.

11. Transportation

Public transportation and other forms of transportation such as biking should be encouraged at all times.

Globally transportation is responsible for 22% of green house gas emissions.

To the builder

The parking footprint for new projects that are to be located in high density, mixed use areas can be decreased because these areas are usually served by public transportation. In other words, building in places well served by transit is the right thing to do. Projects located in such areas have the opportunity to choose alternative transportation and not to drive; this reduces air pollution and also keeps people fit.

Transportation tips for the workplace

Transportation strategies can also be implemented at the workplace. These include:

  • Carpooling to reduce single occupancy vehicle use
  • Telecommuting (work from home)
  • Compressed work weeks
  • Subsidized public transportation to encourage people to use it
  • Shuttle service between the workplace and residential centers

Although Earth day is April 22nd, lets make every day earth day by taking care of our earth in every way possible. What are you going to do about our earth? Are you going to take steps to preserve the earth? I would love to hear from you. Please leave comments below.

Heads up! Regulations Alert in Ontario, Canada – What You Need To Know

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Are you throwing out a lot of stuff in the name of ‘garbage’? You may be throwing out a lot of “dollars” without realizing it. Hence, there is a strong need for you to be conscious of items you throw out as ‘waste’ and see if you can reduce, reuse or recycle them. You can even pass them on to someone else who needs them. Not everything we don’t need anymore has to go in the garbage.

According to Statistics Canada, approximately 25 million tonnes of non – hazardous waste was sent to landfill in 2016. (This is the latest figure. Hopefully new waste figures for 2018 will be uploaded at some point this year since figures are updated on their site every 2 years). It is shocking to point out that the figures from 2016 were very similar to that of 2014. The figure was also broken down by source – IC& I (Industrial Commercial and Institutional) sectors, the non-residential source of waste disposal, produced approximately 14.7 million tonnes of waste while the residential sector produced approximately 10.2 million tonnes of waste.

 

Garbage if not managed properly sometimes make it into the oceans making sea animals sick! Not cool right? A great way of finding out how much garbage you generate is to carry out a waste audit.

If you are not sure why the waste or garbage we generate should be audited or if you are an organization looking to save money by reducing garbage cost, this post is for you.

As an organization, you need to know if you are required by law to comply with waste audit regulations. Even if you are not required by law to do waste audits, you will still save a lot of money and preserve our environment because less waste, less pollution and fewer worries on spending so much on garbage disposal!

I will explain the meaning of waste audits and source separation later on in this post, so keep on reading!

 

Waste Audits in Ontario – Huge Fines for IC&I (Industrial, Commercial and Institutional sectors

Did you know? Waste Audits are mandatory in Ontario, Canada for the Industrial, Commercial and Institutional (IC&I) sectors that fall in the categories listed below. In Ontario Canada, compliance officers go out and issue fines to these organizations for not complying with waste and recycling regulations.

Facility Criteria
Restaurants 3,000,000 or more in gross annual sales
Retail shopping complexes Floor area 10,000 sq. m (107,639sq. ft)
Retail shopping establishments Floor area 10,000 sq. m (107,639sq. ft)
Office buildings Floor area 10,000 sq. m (107,639sq. ft)
Educational Institutions 350 students or more
Hospitals Class A, B or F
Hotels and Motels At least 75 units
Large Manufacturing Institutions 16,000 hours worked or more per month
Large construction projects Floor area 2,000 sq. m
Large demolition projects Floor area 2,000 sq. m

 

The facilities specified above must also have source separation programs (Ontario regulations 103/94) in order to gain and remain in compliance with Ontario regulations 102/94 (WASTE AUDIT REGULATIONS). Ensuring you have appropriate office recycling containers will make a difference in a work place.

It is therefore important to point out that if you have received a fine, they should be addressed now as these officers will follow up with your organization(s) to ensure you are in compliance. If found to be non-compliant, fines will increase! That’s not cool right? So what exactly is a Waste Audit and how do I define source separation? Keep on reading…

Waste Audit Definition

A waste audit is the study of the waste you produce.

Simply put…a waste audit has to do with looking at or analyzing the types and amount of waste you or your company generates. Waste audits help you gain understanding of the waste and recycling you produce.

Waste audits can be conducted anywhere – your home, offices, schools, motels, hotels, hospitals, retail shopping complexes to mention a few.

It is important to note that the result from one audit will be different from another. No two audits are the same.

The Waste Audit Process

The process involves:

  • Identifying the manner by which waste is managed.
  • Measuring the quantity of waste.
  • Identifying the composition of waste.
  • Problem areas are noted and finding solutions to those areas.
  • Comparing results from previous waste audits to see how well your organization is doing and how you can improve.
  • The results from your waste audit serves as the foundation for developing your waste reduction work plan. The work plan outlines the next steps that should be taken to minimize waste produced. The workplan should clearly state who’s responsible for doing what, how the different wastes can be managed and timelines.

Why carry out a waste audit?

There are many reasons why it is important for all organizations including the IC&I to conduct waste audits.

The obvious one is that you want to know the type of waste materials you throw out everyday and to see ways by which such materials can be minimized or eliminated from your waste stream. This way you end up diverting a lot of

materials from landfill and you save money too!

  • A waste audit provides you with a data on the waste you generate.
  • It will track pathways of your waste stream.
  • Reduction, Reuse and Recycling opportunities will be identified hence saving you money and saving the earth!
  • Ways to improve your current waste and recycling practices will be assessed.
  • It is important for regulatory compliance. Designated facilities that do not comply are subject to fines. These designated facilities however must conduct waste audits regularly in order to avoid fines that amount in hundreds of thousands of dollars! The Ministry of Environment is going about these days to check all these facilities and place huge fines on businesses that are not complying with these regulations. I’m sure we don’t want to be one of them! For more details on how to get help with waste audits, recycling and more click here.
  • Set yourself apart: Distinguish yourself from other competitors by conducting waste audits regularly. Let others see you as an environmentally conscious company or organization.
  • Reduce garbage cost – waste audits open our eyes to the amount of materials we throw out as waste and therefore it makes us more conscious and makes us think of ways to cut down either by eliminating certain items, by reusing materials we already have such as cardboard, turning old clothes into napkins or even quilts, donating toys to others who need them and lastly by recycling some that can’t be reused anymore. There are endless ways we can minimize wastage.
  • Certifications – waste audits serve as basis for an organization to be 3Rs certified or LEED certified. It always feels good to work into an organization and you see their awards and achievements displayed in their lobby or reception area! Why not be one of them?
  • Illegal dumping – waste audits will help you determine if a nearby business has been dumping their waste in your own bin or if employees and contractors are illegally dumping their waste on your premises!

What is Source Separation?

Source separation simply means, separation of items right at the point of generation! For example a worker sitting at his desk had to jot down a few things on paper. After use, he immediately puts the paper in the blue desk side bin meant for paper recycling.

There are so many benefits derived from separating waste right at the source.

Benefits of Separating Waste At Source

Separation of waste at the source is important because waste is managed efficiently and sustainably.

The only way to manage the waste you generate is to separate them in an efficient manner by keeping them in appropriate bins. Mixing recyclables and waste will only result in contamination of materials. Managing your waste sustainably is key because the recyclables are not polluted by items that are deemed as ‘waste’. Overall the material picked up is cleaner and are eventually processed into products of high quality.

When we separate waste we become more conscious of the amount we actually produce; at this point we should take it a step further by asking ourselves what more we can do to reduce, reuse or recycle them efficiently.

Safety is key

Waste audits should always be carried out in an environment free of hazard. The team conducting the audit must always wear protective gear – boots, gloves, masks, reflective gear and hard hats.

What do you do after your waste Audit is completed?

Simple, the next step after the waste audit is to decide on how to go about reducing the amount of waste you generate.

The Good News – You are not alone

You don’t have to do these waste audits yourself! Garbage can be messy but never mind, G F Environmental will do the work for you. G F Environmental will help you conduct waste audits regularly and even set up and monitor your waste and recycling programs to ensure you are doing the right thing! Say no to MOE (Ministry of Environment) fines. It’s time to act! Save money and preserve the planet at the same time. It’s a win win!

Conclusion

Whether you are a business owner, a property manager, an assistant property manager, a supervisor, facility manager or a home-owner I highly recommend you conduct waste audits on your property or properties regularly and separate your waste and recycling in appropriate waste sorting bins. You will see how this decision will lower the amount of garbage you generate as this will also save you money.

Let me leave you with a few tips – never shop on impulse, keep a reusable bag handy at all times, reusable bottles will always come in handy so have one in your hands at all times.

Your company should consider doing waste audits to save money, keep garbage costs low, save the environment and gain compliance (for buildings affected). Let’s limit the waste we generate by saying no to single use items and buying in bulk.

 

Have you carried out a waste audit in your office building, school, restaurant, hospital or hotel? Share your thoughts with me by leaving comments below. I would love to hear from you.