Q: My company is a member of another solid waste challenge program. May I still join WasteWi$ e?
A: Yes! EPA applauds and strongly supports existing programs that promote one or more aspects of waste reduction. Such programs include the Conference of Mayors’ National Office Paper Recycling Project, the National Recycling Coalition’s Buy Recycled Business Alliance, and the Coalition of Northeastern Governors’ (CONEG) Challenge to Reduce Packaging. Under these and other programs, many companies have taken the initiative to prevent waste, recycle, or buy and manufacture recycled products. If you have recently made a commitment under one or more programs, it is very likely that your actions will satisfy the parallel WasteWi$ e component. We’ll be happy to work with you to build on such efforts.
Q: My company has already made significant progress in reducing waste, recycling, and buying or manufacturing recycled. Do our past achievements qualify us for WasteWi$ e membership?
A: EPA applauds the efforts of those companies that have taken the lead in waste reduction. We would like to hear about your earlier progress so that we may publicize exemplary efforts and share your successes with other member companies. The goal of WasteWi$ e is to spur additional progress in business waste reduction nationwide. Therefore, we ask that new or expanded waste reduction initiatives be implemented for WasteWi$ e membership. Implementation
Q: How long do I have to achieve my WasteWi$ e commitments?
A: The amount of time it takes to meet your WasteWi$ e goals is up to you. It may take some time to get your waste reduction program up and running to the point where you have measurable results. Regardless of where you are in the process of implementing your program, EPA would like to hear from you at least once a year. Let us know about the progress you’ve made and obstacles you’ve encountered in implementing your waste reduction program. Once your program is established, we would like to receive the following estimates each year by March 1: Waste prevented (weight or volume). Recyclables collected (weight or volume). Amount spent on products with increased recycled content or the increased amount (in terms of dollars or weight) of postconsumer content in products that you manufacture. We will provide a simple form for you to use to report these estimates. Each year, EPA will compile WasteWi$ e results into a progress report. Beginning after the first year of the program, EPA will provide special recognition on a regular basis for companies that have achieved outstanding results and supported this progress with numerical estimates. Waste Prevention
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