Source Reduction Worksheet

A source reduction audit of your business waste can help reduce garbage disposal cost, improve efficiency in material management and make your company an active participant in the stat's source reduction program.  Our goal is to reduce and recycle 50 percent of the waste generated in Indiana by 2001.

Product to be analyzed for source reduction:

   

  Amount
produced
Current
disposal costs
Per week:   $
Per month:   $
Per year:   $

Toxicity:

Handling problems:

Additional waste generated throughout product's life cycle:


Can you...

Reduce or eliminate the product?   Yes No

If yes...

How will it perform?

What will it cost?

What are the environmental trade-offs?

Any other obstacles to doing?

Implement immediately.  Not practical at this time
Study further. Not applicable.

Can you...

Purchase a less toxic product?   Yes No

If yes...

How will it perform?

What will it cost?

What are the environmental trade-offs?

Any other obstacles to doing?

Implement immediately.  Not practical at this time
Study further. Not applicable.

Can you...

Substitute a reduced-volume product?   Yes No

If yes...

How will it perform?

What will it cost?

What are the environmental trade-offs?

Any other obstacles to doing?

Implement immediately.  Not practical at this time
Study further. Not applicable.

Can you...

Purchase a concentrated product?   Yes No

If yes...

How will it perform?

What will it cost?

What are the environmental trade-offs?

Any other obstacles to doing?

Implement immediately.  Not practical at this time
Study further. Not applicable.

Can you...

Buy in bulk or larger sizes?   Yes No

If yes...

How will it perform?

What will it cost?

What are the environmental trade-offs?

Any other obstacles to doing?

Implement immediately.  Not practical at this time
Study further. Not applicable.

Can you...

Buy a multiple-use product?   Yes No

If yes...

How will it perform?

What will it cost?

What are the environmental trade-offs?

Any other obstacles to doing?

Implement immediately.  Not practical at this time
Study further. Not applicable.

Can you...

Purchase a more efficient product?   Yes No

If yes...

How will it perform?

What will it cost?

What are the environmental trade-offs?

Any other obstacles to doing?

Implement immediately.  Not practical at this time
Study further. Not applicable.

Can you...

Use the product more efficiently?   Yes No

If yes...

How will it perform?

 

What will it cost?

What are the environmental trade-offs?

Any other obstacles to doing?

Implement immediately.  Not practical at this time
Study further. Not applicable.

Summary

Product evaluated:

Implement
immediately
Study
further
Not applicable
at this time
Not
applicable
Reduce or eliminate product's use.
Purchase a less toxic substitue.
Substitute a reduced-volume product.
Purchase a concentrated product.
Buy in bulk or larger sizes.
Substitute a multiple-use product.
Purchase a more efficient product.
Use the produce more efficiently.

SOURCE:  Getting at the Source:  Stratigies for Reducing Municipal Solid Waste, World Wildlife Fund & the Conservation Foundation, Washington, DC, 1991