Have your company’s Environmental, Health & Safety duties fallen into your lap? Are you struggling with what your first step should be? Partnering with environmental recovery service professionals will help you get control of the waste production within your company.

The first step that a reputable waste management business will take is conducting an on-site waste assessment. The goal of an on-site audit is to identify and track your company’s waste stream from generation to disposal.

By understanding how your business produces waste, we can create a customized program targeted at maximizing recycling opportunities and driving costs out of your operation

1. How is Waste Produced?

An on-site waste assessment begins with a tour of your facility. It’s important for your waste management partner to see firsthand how you conduct business, how waste is produced, and how it is being collected and stored at your facility.

You may be asked to provide samples of waste, MSDS, or analytical data on the waste materials. We will run tests on your waste materials in our accredited laboratory and recommend methods for disposal or recycling.

2. Can You Reuse Waste?

In 2011, General Motors kept 2.5 million metric tons of waste out of the landfill by finding new uses for the waste or selling it to someone who could use it. For example, left-over steel scraps are sold to a local steel fabricator which uses the steel to stamp out small brackets for multiple industries. Additionally, cardboard shipping containers, plastic caps, and even test tires are adapted and reused internally.

Whether your business produces steel, cardboard, plastic, or less obvious waste materials like paint sludge or solvents, we can identify ways for you to be sustainable and reuse it internally or find someone who can.

3. Options for Waste Reduction

Waste reduction can be accomplished in so many ways, in almost every facet of your business. Areas that will be investigated during an on-site waste assessment can include:

  • use of raw materials
  • inefficiencies in the production process
  • quality control processes
  • packaging and shipping

4. Sustainable Plan for Waste Removal

When creating a plan for waste removal, a well-thought-out waste management plan will focus on efficiency, sustainability, and affordability. Efficient handling of waste, sustainable ways of reusing or disposing of waste, and cost-effective ways to remove waste.

  • Reuse Internally– Examine how scrap materials and other waste can be reused by your company
  • Reuse Externally – Waste that cannot be used internally, can be removed and sold to outside industries for use in their operations
  • Waste Removal – Moving waste off-site for purposes of recycling, waste to energy conversion, or landfill disposal

If you’re interesting in taking control of your waste production and conducting an on-site waste assessment at your facility, contact ERC to get started.