Waste Assessments for Businesses & Properties

Waste assessments are the first step in creating a waste reduction plan for any organization. Planet People Waste Insights performs waste assessments and audits for range of client business types- individual businesses, warehouses, office buildings, restaurants, and more.

A waste assessment begins with a visit to the client’s property to collect waste disposal data that includes current practices, hauler services and related expenses to find opportunities to increase waste diversion and lower disposal costs. Using the data collected during a site visit, we conduct an analysis of the client’s current waste management systems.

Our assessments and analysis produce valuable insights into a client’s waste management systems, uncovering inefficiencies and opportunities that translate to reduced disposal costs and an increase in waste diverted from the landfill. Once the assessment and analysis are complete, we assist clients in implementing changes to policies and practices that result in a more environmentally and financially sustainable business.

How does a waste assessment work? Read on to find out!

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How does it work?

Review

An assessment begins with a review of a client’s current disposal practices and associated costs. Our staff will conduct an in person site visit, during which we will note points of waste generation, container sizes, the location and dimensions of a trash enclosure or loading dock (area where containers are stored), and waste types generated by business operations.

Observe & Analyze

The initial site visit and current service review is followed by further site visits for visual observations, and, if desired by the client, a detailed waste characterization study. A waste characterization study involves identifying points of waste generation, tagging bags from each waste generation point, and sorting through the contents to gain a clear understanding of how much waste each point is generating over a certain period of time. We can sort into as many categories and sub-categories as desired; the finer the detail, the better.

Identify Opportunities

Utilizing the disposal data collected during the visual observation or waste characterization, we are able to provide the client with valuable and detailed insights into opportunities for waste diversion and potential savings. For example, based on our observations, we may find that half of what was being throw away as “trash” is actually easily recyclable material. Or we may produce a list of the most commonly found contaminants in any given waste stream. Then, using our findings, we can design staff training, educational materials, and signage based on actual data specific to the client’s needs.

Make Recommendations

After identifying opportunities for improvements, we make recommendations to our clients on improving disposal practices through collection system adjustments, staff and building occupant education, or hauler service adjustments which will lead to an increase in waste diversion and lowered disposal costs.

We will present our findings to the client for approval, giving them a detailed plan of action which will lead to waste diversion and savings.

Implement Changes

We will assist our clients in implementing recommended changes. This may include, for example, training and signage for building occupants and maintenance/custodial staff.

We will communicate with the client’s hauler if any changes are recommended regarding appropriate service levels, such as right sizing the clients containers.

Monitor & Report

We conduct follow up site visits consisting of a walk-through and visual inspections to ensure that the program has been effectively implemented.

 

What is AB 1826?

AB 1826 is the Mandatory Commercial Organics Recycling law in California. Starting January 1, 2019 all businesses that generate 4 cubic yards or more of (any kind of) commercial solid waste per week must arrange for organic recycling services.

If you are a business owner or property manager with tenants that produce substantial amounts of organic waste:

We offer compliance consulting to businesses and property owners & managers that seek to comply with the mandate. If you are a large organic/food waste generator, we can help you implement an organics recycling program that includes staff trainings on proper sorting and use of organics recycling containers. This a great opportunity for your business to lower costs and do a great thing for the environment!