The desire to run an economical, resourceful business requires at some point, a hard look at what gets thrown away. Tracking and measuring has historically been guess work. That doesn’t work anymore. Opportunities to improve waste systems abound, from saving money to recycling more. First though, we need to measure our current performance. We need to know where we stand today—how much and what we recycle, how much goes to the landfill and our financial position—in order to chart the course for the coming years.
Waste diversion channels are becoming more prevalent, and with some ground work, a grid for markets can be established. More and more of material thrown away, can be recycled or re-proposed, and access to markets continue to expand. Being able to keep track of all those waste and recycling channels, the costs and volumes, materials and values, and being able to measure and compare is not quite so easy. It can actually be more like a quagmire. The importance to measure, however, is essential in moving forward.
Collecting the data, organizing the data, analyzing the data and reporting on the data are the steps we know well at Via Analytics, but if you don’t have an analytics tool for waste data, spreadsheets are the next best option. Your organization can start by getting the trash bills and the rebate receipts to create a spreadsheet that allows analysis from month-to-month.
Costs can be reduced. Diversion can expand and revenues can be generated--all excellent actions and outcomes. To be able to clearly see that information integrated, to be able to parse and compare, understand and report, that’s where resource management begins. When you start measuring, you start to get it. Accurate measurements magnify opportunities for efficiency improvements and for additional diversion streams away from the landfill. They clarify finances, reflect successes, and over time, reveal improvements. Having the combined potential of all the data points, month-after-month, integrated and accessible, inform better business decisions and expand account acquisitions.