How to Create a Waste Management Plan

February 13, 2017

Waste management is important because it lowers costs by making a business’s operations more efficient at using its productive resources. However, no business can succeed in this regard without a waste management plan, which explains its goals, the resources that are available for meeting those goals, and the best methods by which to use those resources for meeting those goals.

4 Steps For Creating a Waste Management Plan

For interested businesses, here are 4 simple and straightforward steps for creating a waste management plan:

Set Goals

A waste management plan should have two kinds of goals. First, it should have strategic goals, which can be considered the business’s overall intentions for its waste management. Second, it should have more immediate goals, which are the implementable steps that can be taken to realize its overall intentions. This is important because more immediate goals help a business focus its time and effort on achieving them instead of waffling about without a clear idea of how to achieve its overall intentions.

Determine Waste Stream

The second step should consist of figuring out what kinds of waste are being generated as well as how much waste is being generated on a regular basis. If necessary, businesses can figure out this information by conducting a waste audit of their revenue-earning operations, which they can do either on their own or by calling in waste management professionals.

Determine Waste Management Method

Once the business has figured out what it can expect to generate on a routine basis, it can get started on choosing the best waste management methods for each one of its waste streams. Under ideal circumstances, it should strive to get all of these services from a single service provider because that will make it much easier for it to keep track of who is helping it do what, which can become a serious complication if it has too many contracts with too many waste management companies.


There is no such thing as a perfect waste management plan, particularly since a business’s waste streams can experience significant changes over time. As a result, businesses should continue to monitor their waste management over time so that they can check whether their waste management plans are still adequate for their needs. If not, they can use the information collected from their monitoring to guide the changes that they should make in a process of continuous improvement.

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