Waste Stream Audit
What is a Waste Stream Audit?
A waste stream audit is an in-depth examination of a facility or organization's materials and waste handling practices.
These audits need to be conducted by trained professionals who are knowledgeable on relevant environmental and safety regulations, such as those outlined by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
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Auditors typically review documents such as waste manifests, disposal invoices, and material safety data sheets. An inspection of all areas of the facility for proper waste handling practices is also performed.
These audits can also help organizations identify potential cost savings. This can be done through improved waste management strategies and/or the implementation of recycling programs.
By providing comprehensive waste stream audits and sound waste management strategies, organizations can ensure that their waste disposal is managed in a safe and cost-effective manner.
Our Waste Stream Audit Report
At United we believe in adding value through experienced management and planning.
Schedule a waste audit with our experts. We will perform a survey of the facility and you will receive an assessment on your waste generators consisting of the following sections.
- An inventory of the types of waste materials generated and the methods used for their disposal.
- A list of hazardous, non-hazardous, recyclable and non-recyclable materials currently being generated and managed.
- A review of the current waste management systems and practices in place, including the type and condition of containers used, the frequency of pickups, the type of waste hauling and disposal services used, and the staff responsible for managing the waste.
- An analysis of the compliance status of the facility. Which is the review of any applicable environmental regulations and permits, and any toxic release inventory (TRI) reports that may need to be filed.
- A review of the facility's safety and environmental practices, including any safety and health management systems and hazard communication programs.
- Recommendations on how to improve the waste management systems and practices in place. This can include suggestions on waste reduction, recycling, and compliance with applicable regulations. An action plan should also be developed that outlines the steps that need to be taken to fulfill the audit’s recommendations.
- We will also provide a list of other waste companies that may handle these waste streams including our competitors so that your organization can make educated decisions about its waste management plan.
Prepare for the Audit
Start by understanding the regulatory requirements and the scope of the audit so your organization can be properly evaluated. Here are some steps to help you prepare for a waste stream audit:
1. Review the applicable regulations. It is important to review the regulations applicable to your facility or waste stream. This will help you understand the requirements and determine the scope of the audit.
2. Evaluate your processes and waste stream. You should evaluate your processes to identify any areas that need improvement or changes.
3. Develop or read over your waste management plan. The plan should include processes and procedures for waste management, as well as a plan for tracking, storing, and disposing of the waste.
4. Establish a record-keeping system. The records should include documentation of the type and amount of waste generated, as well as records of waste disposal.
5. Train staff. Train staff on the regulations and waste management plan to ensure everyone is familiar with the requirements.
6. Review the audit criteria. Review the audit criteria and prepare for any potential questions. Understanding the criteria will help you to be better prepared for the audit.
7. Conduct an internal audit. An internal audit can identify any areas of non-compliance and help you to be better prepared for the external audit.
8. Prepare to answer questions. Be prepared to answer questions related to the scope of the audit, the waste management plan, and any records or documentation that may be requested.
Having a thorough understanding of the applicable regulations and the scope of the audit, as well as a well-developed waste management plan and record-keeping system, will help ensure that the audit is successful.
Conduct a Waste Audit?
To get started on the waste audit, we need to schedule a quick consultation with your business. Please include some basic information so we can reach out and schedule a good time for your business.