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The Benefit of a Waste Audit for Your Manufacturing Facility

If your facility produces waste like plastic, fiber, pallets or metal, when properly collected and managed you can significantly benefit from both the scrap commodities as a secondary source of revenue for your company, as well as the reduced cost associated with sending it to landfill.

One might think “I already have a program handling my scrap and byproducts,” which may be true. However, these programs should be regularly reviewed as your approach to your program might need a change due to the fact management, employees and even your products change. As restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic begin to lift, now may be the opportune time for a waste audit, especially as manufacturing is returning to higher levels. At RWS, we urge our clients to take a second look at their plant’s waste and recycling  program and make the changes necessary that will result in a second source of revenue, reduced waste sent to landfill and the possible added benefit of more sustainable practices.

Where to start the waste audit:

Start with a walk through of your facility to identify all the sources of waste and to see how they are currently being handled.

Step 1: The receiving docks

We like to begin at the receiving docks, where often there is old, corrugated cardboard, pallets, shrink wrap or other types of film and plastics that come in with raw materials and determine how this waste is being handled. Is it being separated by type? After being separated is it recycled or taken to landfill?

Step 2: Assembly and production lines

Following the receiving docks, we do a similar procedure, moving down your assembly and production lines. It is important to recognize what waste is created at different workstations. Then determine: Are employees trained about what to do with waste materials? Can they identify and separate the waste as they work? Are waste receptables clearly marked?

Step 3: Quality control

What happens to the off-spec products or spoilage? A company may be able to deconstruct and reuse materials with the ultimate goal of ensuring your waste is “clean.” This means materials are properly sorted by type and are ready to be reused, recycled and sold to secondary markets and finally taken to landfill.

And the benefits?

An in-depth waste audit of all invoicing, weights, equipment and reports allows a company to review and revise how waste is handled at a manufacturing facility so they can establish practices that best suit their needs. It also allows a company to identify where they could be increasing revenue, employees lacking training and pain points that need to be addressed.

Rely on the experts:

We can help you conduct a comprehensive waste audit that will identify valuable commodities, prepare a waste management plan, get the best price for your commodities and even train your staff in proper waste recycling.

Contact us today so we can assist you in generating new streams of revenue by transforming your recycled waste into commodities gold.