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How to Join the WasteWise Program

More and more companies are jumping on the bandwagon to implement sustainability programs in their day-to-day operations. While that’s a good thing for brand image, that’s a great thing for the environment, and it’s why the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has implemented a program that promotes commercial sustainability. The WasteWise program provides companies with guidelines to achieve in order to earn a WasteWise recognition, which is rewarding in and of itself, and it can lead to better company recognition, branding, and ultimately, a better bottom line. So, that begs the question: What does it take to become a WasteWise-awarded company? And why might the WasteWise program be a good choice for your business or your employer’s business? Today, we have the answers. Learn about our involvement with WasteWise, the benefits of the program, how your business can join the program, and much more, below.

Our Involvement

Here at Fiber Brokers International, we believe the benefits of sustainable practices extend beyond simply being ethical, they can truly improve your company. We work with police and military agencies to reclaim and recycle outdated ballistics materials and body armor. This is a unique pursuit, since body armor must be “destroyed” before the materials can be recycled, since body armor shouldn’t be reused or sold after its service life (It’s especially important that used body armor doesn’t make its way into the hands of criminals.). We help police and military agencies by taking outdated body armor off their hands, breaking down the materials until they’re sufficiently “destroyed,” and finally, recycling those materials into everything from gloves to boat ropes, et cetera. This program fulfills certain WasteWise guidelines, and it helps to keep these materials from heading to the landfill.

In addition, we specialize in working with manufacturers who produce and use technical materials ranging from nylon to para-aramid fibers. Again, our goal here is to keep these materials from making their way to the landfill. We buy scrap materials from manufacturers, since these materials can be reclaimed and repurposed to create a variety of products. Again, this effort fulfills WasteWise guidelines, which enables manufacturers to build the WasteWise program into their branding. These businesses benefit from a better brand image, and they earn a bit on their bottom line, since we’re willing to pay for these technical materials.

The Benefits of the WasteWise Program

While we’ve already touched on a few of the benefits of enrolling in the WasteWise program, the EPA notes that there are numerous benefits that a business can take advantage of. Here’s an overview of the EPA’s listed benefits:

“Benefits of joining WasteWise include:

  • Opportunities to receive WasteWise Awards for outstanding achievements.
  • Public recognition in WasteWise publications, case studies, meetings and on [the] EPA’s website.
  • Reduced purchasing and waste disposal costs.
  • Outreach and educational materials and free one-on-one technical assistance via the WasteWise Helpline.”

Feel free to read more about the EPA’s Wastewise Program.

How Can I Get Started?

Getting started is easy. The WasteWise program involves creating waste reduction goals for your company, creating a plan to reduce waste both short- and long-term, implementing that plan, and reporting your progress to the EPA. From there, the EPA will perform a waste assessment to analyze your progress, in order to evaluate your achievements. After a bit of work, you’ll earn awards that recognize your organization’s commitment to reduce waste. Once you’ve succeeded, you can use the WasteWise logo (including on your website and other internal and external outlets/media), you can host presentations about your WasteWise activities, and you can publish articles about your involvement in the program! If you’re further curious about how to get involved, you can contact the WasteWise branch of the EPA at 800-EPA-WISE (372-9473) or wastewisehelp@epa.gov

Take note, the WasteWise reporting season has just begun, which means it’s the perfect time to enroll in the program. Enrollment begins January 6th and ends March 31st, 2020, so enroll today!

How Much Waste Do We Need to Reduce?

Programs vary from business to business, and you’ll have to perform a waste audit to determine your previous amounts of waste. From there, you can monitor your waste production moving forward, and compare your current output against last year’s output. WasteWise programs start at 5 percent waste reduction — you can set your own personal goals for your company, and you can achieve goals set through WasteWise.

WasteWise also recognizes top-tier performers who show “outstanding leadership in waste prevention and diversion.” These companies have made leaps and bounds to reduce their waste production. To make the list, these companies divert a high percentage of waste to recycling programs. WasteWise recognizes top performers at the national and local level.

For Police, Military, and Manufacturers

If you’re involved in a police or military agency, or you work at a manufacturing company that handles technical materials and fibers, then joining the WasteWise program is well within sight. Partner with us here at Fiber Brokers to mitigate your waste output, and to put those reusable, precious materials to good use. We’d be happy to talk with you about how we can help you to implement a WasteWise program or other zero-waste program for your business — simply reach out to us to learn more.

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