Most organizations want to eliminate waste or cut their waste budgets. Solutions to achieving this goal include: alternate disposal options for waste as a means of eliminated waste, waste to energy, recycling, or beneficial reuse of a material. Unfortunately, eliminating waste and cutting costs becomes increasingly difficult when a solution isn’t sought after until after the waste has been generated. Once waste is generated, a regulation-driven countdown begins.

Triumvirate solves this problem by analyzing for practice improvements at the beginning of the process. Triumvirate looks to reroute materials to an option outside of disposal or even opportunities to use an alternate ingredient to lower a hazard and ultimately the overall costs for disposal. Here’s an example of how Triumvirate has reduced transportation and disposal costs for its client:

Triumvirate performed a review of the entire waste process from generation to disposal. This analysis showed that the client had the opportunity to reduce the amount of waste being generating by routing non-contaminated waste to recycling and creating a beneficial reuse of more than half of the usual volume of waste. This review of the waste generation sequence showed that all waste activities were not being taken into account in regards to the organization’s goal tracking. Upon Triumvirate’s review and more robust tracking methods., the client was able to prove they were meeting and exceeding their recycling goals


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The Process:
This is not something that happened overnight, it did take some work to make the process work for their company. The process started with a tabletop review of what is being generated and what is actually going into each container. The table top allowed for questions and answers on generation techniques, container sizes, workflow practice, space within the working area, and ways to differentiated container types.The end goals of the project was to reach at least 50% increase in materials sent for recycling. In the beginning stage, we aimed to reach 3 to 5% recycling by starting with only one group.

The process included training the staff, setting up the containers, tracking the waste generation, and reviewing with the staff what works well and what could make it work better for them. Without the buy in from the staff generating the waste, the goals are only words on paper pulled together for the workers.
With all these efforts put in, what was the driving factor that made it worth it for the company to pursue the exercise. The end goal of the efforts was three-fold; increase weights sent for recycling, decrease weights sent for direct disposal, and decrease the overall cost for managing waste. The diverting of wastes to a recycleable option raised the overall total of recycling weight by 50% and in turn lowered the disposal costs by 15%.