What is a Waste Audit?
Waste audit is the process of analyzing an organization’s waste stream. Conducting a waste audit entails physically going through waste to determine the sources and kinds of waste produced, discover recycling opportunities, help improve waste management system, and mitigate the impact of waste on the environment
This article will briefly discuss (1) tips on conducting an effective waste audit and (2) offer technology that can help you conduct more convenient and effective waste audits.
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5 Tips on Conducting a Waste Audit
Organizations that wish to conduct effective waste audits can benefit from these tips:
- Build a team - It is important to build a collaborative team comprised of staff from key areas of your organization - management, procurement, facilities, building management, and waste management - who can show commitment to the waste audit process.
- Don’t announce the audit date - Plan ahead and decide on a date but the team should commit to keep audit date a secret. The auditing team can observe the real waste production of the organization if the audit is unknown to people who may change their behaviour if they know that a waste audit is going to happen.
- Prepare equipment - Prepare these before the waste audit: personal protective equipment (PPE), labels, permanent markers, weighing scale, clear garbage bags, large plastic sheets, containers, tongs, first-aid kit, and your auditing tools to document findings.
- Prepare to sort waste - Make sure that there’s a proper venue where the sorting of waste can be done on a large plastic sheet and that the sorted items can stay in place and not be blown away. The team will be physically sorting through waste so they all should be wearing the right PPE to protect from sharp objects and possible exposure to harmful substances.
- Review audits - Review the collected audit reports to help determine the organization’s waste stream, find recycling opportunities, and address issues that can help improve waste management.
Gathering the collected trash and physically sorting through waste as part of the waste audit process already exposes the auditing team and paper-based auditing tools to the risk of possible contamination. Using a digital tool like iAuditor can eliminate the need to document using paper-based forms and having to re-enter findings on a computer after completing waste audits.
iAuditor is the world’s most powerful inspection app that replaces your paper waste audit checklists with a mobile app. Complete your waste audits onsite using photo evidence and save all reports securely in the cloud.
To save you time, we have prepared these digital waste audit checklists you can download and customize to fit your waste auditing needs.