Step #11: Monitor Program Results & Identification Of Opportunities For Exapnasion
As the program progresses, the results need to be
monitored and corrections made. Don't forget that, in addition to recycling
waste products, a focused effort needs to be made when purchasing new
materials for the plant.
Purchasing Environmentally Preferable Products - The purchase of products containing recycled
material is a necessary part of closing the reuse/recycling loop. While the
program manager is the chief advocate, the environmental program team members
are important supporters. The effectiveness and success of this program
requires senior level interest to motivate users and procurers.
Why You Should Buy Recycled Products - Americans generate a huge amount of garbage. In 1991, the
amount of waste generated in the United States exceeded 280 million tons. The
bulk of our waste continues to be landfilled while the number of landfills
decreases; tipping fees and transportation costs increase; new landfill sites
are hampered by environmental concerns and permitting constraints; and states
try to close their borders to out-of-state waste. For these reasons, interest
in recycling is at an all-time high.
You are probably familiar with the recycling logo,
with its three chasing arrows. The arrows represent the three elements of the
Collecting materials that otherwise would be
Manufacturing new products from those
Purchasing the new products.
Recycling isn't completed until the materials we collect are turned into
new products and those products are purchased. This complete cycle is known as
closing the loop.
For recycling to succeed, businesses need to take action by purchasing
recycled materials when possible. Purchasing agents can have a positive impact
on buying recycled.
- You have a tremendous opportunity to help resolve
the national solid waste management problem.
- By being proactive in learning about the broad
range of available recycled products and how they can be used by your
company, you can lead your company in an activity that ultimately will save
money, contribute to the success of your corporate recycling program, be
good for the environment, and foster goodwill among employees and customers.
- What your company buys has a direct relationship to what it throws away.
If disposal can be avoided by reducing, reusing, or recycling materials,
then your company can avoid related labor, storage, and disposal costs.
Similarly, if your company can reuse materials or reduce what it uses, then
it will save on material costs.
Many companies are purchasing recycled products. Given the public pressure
to increase recycling collection programs and to minimize waste generation, it
is essential to expand recycling programs.
Quality customer service and sound business management should guide the
implementation of a buy recycled program. The "Buy Recycled" Business Alliance
members believe that purchasers and suppliers should voluntarily and
aggressively implement buy recycled programs. To assist in understanding how
recycled products can be labeled, the following list of terms and
abbreviations is provided.