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The Benefits Of A Material Audit and Management Plan

Many businesses, industries, and institutions are unaware of the actual composition of their recycling options. A Recycling audit puts a focused look on how materials are purchased, what is brought in to a facility and what goes out of a facility, pinpointing just what and how many materials are actually recyclable.

How To Complete The Audit

Simply print the following form out, follow the steps indicated, and mail it in to the following address.

Urban Environmental Assoc., Inc.
"Recycling Audit"
Post Office Box 527
West Linn, OR 97068-0527


Duplicate the plan for each facility to be audited. A sample of a completed waste audit and plan is provided HERE to assist in guiding you through the practice audit steps.
Section 1
Background Information


Name of Company 
Contact Person 
Address 
City, State, Zip 
Phone 
Fax 
E-Mail 
Nature of Business 
No. of Employees 

Section 2 
Material Composition

Step 1. Current Service

Instructions:

  • Use the conversions page information for estimated container capacity tonnage’s.
  • Column C = Column A x Column B x Estimated % Filled
  • Column D = Column C x 12
  • Total Column D for Step 1 grand total.
 (A)(B) (C)(D)
Container Type
(dumpster or
compactor)
Container Size
(cu. yds.)
Container Capacity
(tons)
Frequency of
collection
(per month)
Estimated % FilledTotal Weight
(tons/month)
Total Weight
(tons/year)
       
       
       
       
Step 1 Grand Total in tons/ yr.  
Step 2. Materials for Recycling 

Instructions:
  • Use actual recycling tonnage documentation and market names or drop-off sites used by the facility to complete this section.
MaterialQuantity
(tons/yr.)
Recycling Market
Name and Address
Newspaper  
Glass  
Aluminum  
Tin/bi-metal  
High grade paper  
Mixed paper  
Corrugated  
Plastics  
Scrap metals  
Construction/demolition  
Tires  
Truck Tires  
batteries  
Leaves  
Grass  
Food scraps  
Other  
Other  
Step 2 Grand Total in tons/yr
Step 3. Total Material Stream

Instructions:
  • Transfer grand totals from Steps 1 and 2 to calculate the total material stream at your facility.
Waste +Recycled=Total Material Stream
Step 1 Grand Total+Step 2 Grand Total=Step 3 Grand Total
 tons/yr+ tons/yr.= tons/yr.
Step 4. Composition

Instructions:
  • Complete Column A (estimating percents from
    Conversion page tonnage information using formulas)
  • Continue to Step 5 to complete Column B
  • Transfer tonnage’s for individual materials recycled from Step 2
  • Continue to Step 6 to complete Column C
 (A)(B)(C)(D)
MaterialEstimated
Material
Generated
(% of
waste
stream)
Tonnage
Generated
Per
Year
(from
Step 5)
Tonnage
Material
Recycled
(from
Step 2)
Current
Recycling
Rate
(from
Step 6)
Newspaper    
Glass    
Aluminum    
Tin/bi-metal    
High grade paper    
Mixed paper    
Corrugated    
Plastics    
Scrap metals    
Construction/demolition    
Tires    
Used motor oil    
Auto batteries    
Leaves    
Grass    
Food scraps    
Other    
Other    
Step 5. Tonnage Generated Per Year For Each Material To Determine Data For Step 4 - Column B (Repeat For Each Material)

Instructions:
  • Transfer totals from Steps 4 and 3 to calculate total tonnage’s for each material
Estimated Material GeneratedxTotal
Material Streams
=Total Tons/Yr. Generated
Step 4 (A)
% Totals
xStep 3
Grand Total
=Step 5
Totals
 tons/yr.x tons/yr.= tons/yr.
Step 6. Current Recycling Rate For Each Material To Determine Data For Step 4 - Column C (Repeat For Each Material)

Instructions:
  • Transfer totals from Steps 2 and 4 to calculate the recycling rate for each material
Tonnage
Material Recycled
÷Tonnage
Generated Per Yr.
x 100=Recycling
Rate
Step 2 Totals÷Step 4 (B)
Totals
x 100=Step 6
% Totals
 tons/yr.÷ tons/yr.x 100= %
Step 7. Calculating The Overall Recycling Rate

Instructions:
  • Transfer grand totals from Steps 2 and 3 to calculate the overall reduction in material flow from recycling programs 
Tonnage
Material Recycled
÷Total
Gross Material Source
x 100=Overall
Recycling Rate
Step 2
Grand Total
÷Step 3
Grand Total
x 100=Step 7 %
Grand Total
 tons/yr.÷ tons/yr.x 100= %
Section 3
Solid Waste Collection Information

Instructions:
  • Check appropriate box to indicate the type of waste collection you have.
 municipal commercial collection
 private commercial collection
If private collection
hauler name
 

Section 4
Waste Management And Recycling Plan

For all recyclable materials (including all those listed in Section 2) that are generated but not currently recycled by your facility, detail information on how a program might be instituted and what markets will be used and how materials will be transported to the recycling markets. Additionally, review potential areas for source reduction and buying products with recycled content to help "close the loop" and detail these measures below.