Western Hosts Waste Audit

Western Technical College hosted a Waste Audit event last Friday to learn more about the college’s recycling efforts.

Western staff brought three bags of garbage to conduct an audit of the Union Market’s waste stream with the help of the Rubbermaid company. The purpose of the event is to raise awareness of recycling, increase garbage diversion, reduce contamination, and increase cost savings to individuals and organizations. Volunteers analyzed the garbage and determined whether the material should have been recycled or thrown away.

“When an individual or an organization completes a waste audit, they are often shocked to learn how much should be recycled versus how much should be sent to the landfill,” said Amy Green, energy and sustainable project specialist at Western. “This event will help people understand the importance of properly recycling materials and reducing contamination, as well as the financial benefits of proper recycling.”

As a result of the audit, Western learned that about 30 percent of waste was being properly recycled.