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Waste Management Audit Checklist Template

Use this waste audit checklist to ensure an effective waste audit process for the organization. Use this to: determine the readiness of the waste audit team, prepare equipment needed during the audit, guide the team during sorting of waste, and come up with action plans.

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Waste Management Audit Checklist Template



Confirm if the following are done:

Evaluate waste hauler’s accepted recyclable types against current collections

Determine methods and waste categories

Outline goals and state some predictions

Made a list of multiple, well-ventilated areas where waste sorting can be conducted

List pros and cons of sorting at each area (ventilation, convenience, flooring, clean-up)

Consider recruiting help if needed for the physical tasks

Obtain buy-in/permission for waste sorting at the most ideal location

PPE and Sorting Equipment

Confirm if the following are ready:

Puncture-resistant nitrile gloves

Full Tyvek coverall

Eye protection

Face masks

Long tongs

Clean-up supplies and equipment

First-Aid Kit

Large plastic sheet to be spread on a flat surface or folding Tables w/ Plastic Covering (Consider creating a "lip" or frame on the perimeter of the table under the plastic covering to keep liquids from running off.)

Waste Sorting

Confirm if the following are done:

Coordinate time and place with the sorting team

Coordinate waste "pull" and note the time and place of sample

Execute audit by separating waste by waste stream. (If the trash is already in a bag or bin, consider not dumping that bag or bin. Lift the items out of that container to leave possible wet slop in the bottom)

Tally up or weigh various waste streams and record

Clean up and dispose/recycle properly

Findings and Follow-up

Tally the data collected

Compare findings against initial predictions

Objectively evaluate the sample size and date/time of "pull" and sort

Compare findings to previous waste-audits if available

Compare findings against purchasing records

Discuss findings with custodial staff and other stakeholders


Provide recommendations and action plans

Completed by: Name and Signature

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