Waste & Recycling Audit

Rumpke works with businesses to perform waste and recycling audits, which involves closely reviewing a work location’s overall waste stream to identify materials that can be recycled. This is the starting point for developing a successful and cost-effective recycling program.

Rumpke will visually inspect and detail the types and volumes of trash. This analysis will provide information for Rumpke to design a comprehensive recycling program customized to meet your company’s needs.

If you're already recycling, an audit may help identify additional ways to recycle more materials.

Sustainability & Diversion Specialists

Our Sustainability & Diversion team specialize in conducting observational baseline analyses and full-scale waste audits. These offerings will empower you, our future customer, to make informed, data-driven decisions about sustainability, diversion and recycling programs. If you’re seeking a full-service partner to collaborate with environmental social governance goals – then look to Rumpke: we are your expert leader in recycling.

What is a Waste & Recycling Audit?

A waste and recycling audit involves collecting data on your business’s waste stream and identifying areas where you’re potentially losing money. After opportunities are identified through the audit, Rumpke gets to work on solutions to improve how your waste stream affects your bottom line performance.

To begin the audit, Rumpke’s professional waste management team will perform a visual inspection of your waste, identifying recyclables and other material streams such as:

  • Paper
  • Aluminum
  • Plastic bottles
  • Glass
  • Other plastic 
  • Food waste
  • Cardboard
  • Hazardous substances 

A waste and recycling audit will uncover what is being tossed or recycled. A 2021 study found that about 62% of items people throw away can be recycled. Consequently, you may be paying too much for your waste removal services.

You may find out what you're throwing away and how much is wasted by doing a waste audit. You can figure out what kinds of wasteful things your organization is doing and learn how to fix them. Conduct a waste audit to see where your money will go or how you can save money.

Benefits of a Waste & Recycling Audit

There are many benefits to having Rumpke perform your waste and recycling audit. Implementing waste audits is critical to ensuring that your company operates efficiently. Without the right waste data, you’re liable to make poorly informed waste management decisions that could be unnecessarily costly. When you have reliable data, you become better equipped to make an informed choice and move forward with confidence.

It Can Save You Money

Quite simply, Rumpke can show you where you can save money and improve efficiency. By recycling specific items or reusing them, you can limit the cost of the waste removal service. Also, some recyclables, such as aluminum or copper, can be sold to end users for a profit. If you have one or two items that make up the bulk of your trash, you can do away with them and save money.

By identifying recycling opportunities, waste audits can help you make more money. For instance, if you spend too much on waste collection, then after the audit, you may be able to adjust your pickup schedule. This way, you only pay for one pick up per week instead of two, generating a potential cost savings.

Adhere to Certification Standards

Some certifications and business standards require regular waste audits. If you conduct the waste audit, you can get certified to help your business succeed. You may also need to complete audits for regulatory compliance. 

Get Accurate Data

You want to ensure that information you receive is accurate to avoid paying extra costs. A waste and recycling audit will either confirm figures or provide a more accurate picture, allowing you to correct any inaccuracies.

Identify All Materials You Produce

After you've completed a waste and recycling audit, you'll have data that everyone on your team can review. You can see which things are taking up most of your trash space. For example, if you conduct an audit and discover a large volume of aluminum cans and cardboard in the trash, you may want to consider recycling options for these items. An audit can help you make decisions that may positively impact your bottom line.

Determine if Current Waste Management Is Working

Implementing a professional waste audit can help you set the bar for years to come. You can measure your success each year, teach employees better waste management skills, and task the team with an achievable goal every year. If your company is looking to go a little "greener" in the future, then a waste audit is a fantastic place to begin.

Reduce Pollution

A waste audit will help you implement a better recycling strategy. For example, if you determine from an audit that you have an abundance of plastic waste, you can set up recycle bins around your business for plastic products. Installing a recycling system can help reduce the amount of plastic that ends up in landfills. By addressing these opportunities, your business can reduce pollution, protect the environment and maybe even reduce costs.

Schedule Your Next Audit! 

Do you want:

  • Cost savings?
  • Increased revenues?
  • Improved efficiency?
  • Certification and compliance?

If you answered yes to any of these, then fill out our service form right away for our team of sustainability and diversion specialists to help you reach your goals.