Waste Audits and SolutionsThe Importance of InformationMark LennonIRN – The Recycling NetworkSustainable Communities, Sustainable CampusesApril 24, 2013
It is easy to recycle ! Put out containers ! Collect stuﬀ ! Send it to market
It is not easy to understand how you are doing 1. Are you ge6ng everything out of the waste stream you should? 2. Are you ge6ng everything out of the waste stream you can? 3. Are you saving money? Are you was=ng money?
It is not easy to understand how you are doing 4. What are you recycling compared to what you are purchasing? 5. How do diﬀerent departments compare? How do diﬀerent dorms compare? 6. Are you gaining ground? Losing ground?
Recycling & Ralph Waldo Emerson R egulatory Compliance W eight E conomics Recycling informa=on serves these goals
Compliance 1. Understand your regulated commodi:es • Hazmats and biowastes • Universal wastes • Electronics • Disposal bans 2. Track them 3. Document where they go
Weight 1. Understand your largest waste streams • Trash (typically >50%) • Paper and cardboard (40-‐55%) • Organics (20-‐25%) • Construc:on wastes (Zero to A Lot) • Surplus Property (Zero to A Lot) • Beverage containers (2%) • Single stream 2. Understand where they are generated
Weight 3. Understand where & how they are collected • Dumpster, front-‐ or rear-‐load, loose • Rolloﬀ container • Compactor • Bales • Hampers, gaylord containers 4. Know where they go • Waste vendor, specialty vendor • Think: Vendor mo:va:ons
Weight 5. Understand how they are reported • Monthly? Per pickup? • Per Stop? Per route? Per campus? • By weight? By volume? 6. Know what you want to do: Get as much as possible out of your waste stream !
Weight 7. Know what to ask for: • Per stop quan::es, not route quan::es • Per container quan::es, not combined quan::es • Daily quan::es, not monthly quan::es • Weights, not volumes • Data, not es:mates 8. Insist • Your vendors know this stuﬀ. They don’t necessarily want you to know it.
Economics 1. What should you be paying for? • Tonnage / Tip Fee • Transporta:on What are you paying for? 2. How much are you paying? How much should you be paying?
In the End 1. What is being picked up? 2. Where is it being picked up? 3. How is it being picked up? 4. Where is it going? 5. How is it being reported? 6. How are dollar values aeached?
In the End 1. Document compliance 2. Rate by commodity and loca:on • Iden:fy areas to improve 3. Time Series: Rate over :me 4. Financials: • Separate tonnage from haul • Compare to benchmarks and industry stds • Iden:fy areas to improve
Economics 3. What should you be gefng paid for, and how much? • Fibers • Metals What are you gefng paid for, and how much?
Mark Lennon 603-‐496-‐7908 mlennon@ir-‐network.com 1-‐866-‐229-‐1962 www.ir-‐network.com