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Measure Your Progress

Measuring waste prevention results is one of the most challenging parts of any waste reduction program. Use the following resources to find data sources, calculate waste reduction results, and determine the environmental and economic benefits of your waste reduction program.

Monitor and Evaluate Your Program

Program monitoring and evaluation is a critical element of a waste reduction program. It is important to establish a consistent set of metrics and procedures for collecting data. The Waste Reduction and Buy Recycled Tracking Sheet (Excel) (530K) can help you track your efforts and estimates:

Compare each year’s results to your baseline data or the previous year’s results to evaluate your program’s progress. The tracking sheet does not consider intangible benefits of waste reduction, such as improved corporate image and employee morale, which you should also consider when determining the overall success of your program.

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Calculate Results

WasteWise offers tools and conversion factors to help you accurately calculate the amount of waste reduced and associated cost savings. Cost savings can result from avoided waste removal costs, avoided purchasing costs, and increased operational efficiency.

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Determine Environmental Benefits

By reducing waste, WasteWise Partners also reduce greenhouse gas emissions and their consumption of natural resources and energy. Use the resources below to determine the environmental benefits that have resulted from your organization’s waste reduction efforts.

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Account for Intangible Benefits

Successful waste reduction programs can yield benefits other than cost savings. Improved employee morale and positive public image are a couple examples of intangible benefits that your organization may experience.


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