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  • Organization Name

  • Conducted on (Date and Time)

  • Prepared by

  • Location


  • 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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