The performance of a company's waste management program can be efficiently interpreted from waste disposal and recycling metrics for industrial and hazardous waste disposed or recycled from its facilities. This paper presents systematic methods for collecting, interpreting, and illustrating corporate waste disposal and recycling data. The generated performance profile encompasses waste management and minimization, benchmarks with objectives, and cost control issues, and it provides information to predict long-term environmental risks.

We present best practices for waste disposal and recycling parameter identification (e.g., treatment categories vs. cost and volume), efficient data collection (e.g., incorporating metric requirements of preferred vendors), and data presentation and evaluation for both hazardous and nonhazardous waste streams. These practices reduce information collection costs and time-consuming data evaluation.

In this paper we demonstrate how applying this performance data reduces long-term environmental risks and liabilities to the company through careful vendor selection, continuous vendor evaluation and monitoring, and confirming the choice of preferred vendors on a geographic basis. The volumes of waste disposed or recycled are assessed to determine if treatment categories with higher environmental risk are being used and if shifting to lower risk categories is feasible. In addition, the company demonstrates the benefits of including the waste disposal and recycling performance metrics in the environmental risk management and awareness training programs.

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