Waste Reduction and Management
Conduct Annual Audit On Waste Streams

What Is It?

A waste audit is a process of analyzing waste composition. An audit determines the proportion of different materials in a waste stream, their volume and weight, and the source of the waste. An audit can also designate a waste collection and treatment process describing where the waste is collected, how it is collected, and how each material will be treated. Conducting a waste audit is one of the first steps to reduce a facility’s solid waste.


The results from a waste audit enable decision makers to plan the most efficient methods for managing waste. When waste is managed effectively, less is generated and less goes to landfills, reducing disposal costs for the business. Audits also establish baseline practices and waste volume, making it easier to measure progress against future years.

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Challenge Participants Currently Adopting This Practice

  • Au Bon Pain
  • Beacon Capital Partners
  • Bella Luna
  • BioMed Realty Trust
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
  • Boston Properties, Inc.
  • CB Richard Ellis
  • The Chiofaro Company
  • The Colonnade Hotel
  • Community Servings
  • Dana-Farber
  • Equity
  • Federal Reserve
  • Forest City
  • Gillette
  • Holliday Fenoglio Fowler LP
  • John Hancock/Manulife
  • Lincoln Property Company
  • Marriott
  • Massachusetts Convention Center Authority
  • Nixon Peabody
  • Nutter, McClennen & Fish, LLP
  • Putnam Investments
  • Save that Stuff
  • Seaport Hotel
  • Sheraton Hotel
  • TD Garden
  • Tsoi/Kobus & Associates
  • Turner Construction
  • WilmerHale
  • Zoo New England

Financing Options, Incentives, And Rebates

Additional Resources

A Small Sample of Waste Auditors in Boston


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