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5 Steps To Prepare Your Business For A Waste Audit

A waste audit can be an important first step in a right-sized waste management program. Here are 5 steps to prepare your business for a waste audit.

Bradford Arick | March 16, 2023


The process of diving deep into the operational waste management process for your business begins with a waste audit. It’s the first step to unlocking cost savings, discovering system inefficiencies, and finding out if the current program fits the needs of your business. 

At RoadRunner, we know the process can be a large undertaking. We’re ready to walk your business through this process of analyzing and auditing your waste streams when you’re ready.

In the meantime, here are five steps you can take to prepare for your waste audit.

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1. form a cross-functional team

To start this waste audit process, RoadRunner recommends you form a cross-functional team. This team should include employees from a variety of departments, including Finance, Sales, Operations, Marketing, Procurement, etc. This team will set objectives, conduct the waste audit, compile data, and work to find solutions to the waste management needs for your business.

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2. set objectives

Setting objectives as a cross-functional team will help all team members align on why the waste audit is necessary. 

Your cross-functional team will take a closer look at collection points throughout the processes and operations that comprise your business. The waste audit will allow this team to determine if waste is being properly collected at these points or if changes are needed to improve functionality.

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3. choose your audit window

Choose at least a 1-week window where business operations are “status quo.” Avoid scheduling the audit during special events to ensure you can get an accurate understanding of what typical volumes look like for your business. 

4. gather together tools and equipment

Your cross-functional team will need to gather some tools and equipment prior to conducting your waste audit. That includes space to store materials, safety equipment to protect your cross-functional team, and a system in which your team can separate and track materials. 

5. decide how to conduct your waste audit

Your team will need at least a one week window to conduct the waste audit for your business. They will need to collect, store, track, and analyze all waste and recycling materials separated by stream.

what's next?

RoadRunner is your waste management expert. We’re able to clearly walk your business through what can be a daunting waste audit process. RoadRunner’s powerful technology takes the waste audit results, analyzes the information, and finds solutions to the waste management needs of your business. Whether your goals are cost savings or increasing diversion, our AI, data, and technology-enhanced tools stand ready to go to work for you.

We have a guide ready with more information to help your business begin a waste audit.

Conducting a waste audit with RoadRunner as your consultant through the process can accomplish your goals.

Contact us when you’re ready to get started! 



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