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Toolkit Helps Firms Launch Waste Management Programs

To help regional businesses reduce their demand for landfill disposal and identify cost savings opportunities, the Greater Cincinnati Green Business Council (GCGBC) has released a free waste management toolkit.

The toolkit will help businesses meet and exceed the region’s goal — to reduce waste sent to landfill by 33 percent by 2020 — says Lisa O’Brien, co-author of the toolkit and director of environmental affairs, US Bank.

The Waste Management Strategy Toolkit provides a strategic plan to help business owners assess their current waste consumption patterns and prioritize opportunities based on what is right for their business. The toolkit also provides tools and resources to help businesses get started. Toolkit topics include recycling, sustainable purchasing, composting, hazardous waste, and even an introduction to the concept of zero waste.

In addition to the Waste Management Strategy Toolkit, the Green Business Council has developed the Workplace Composting Toolkit and the Building Energy Benchmarking Toolkit as resources to help Greater Cincinnati businesses become more sustainable.

In April, food manufacturers, retailers and foodservice operators launched a toolkit aimed at reducing food waste. The Best Practices and Emerging Solutions Toolkit was released by the Food Waste Reduction Alliance, a cross-sector industry initiative led by the Food Marketing Institute, the Grocery Manufacturers Association and the National Restaurant Association.

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One thought on “Toolkit Helps Firms Launch Waste Management Programs

  1. The large amount of food waste is a lose-lose situation for the environment, the struggling families in today’s tough economy and for the food retailers. There is no single cure, or silver bullet for food waste reduction therefore, we should address the food waste problem in every link in our food supply chain. For example, the excess inventory of perishables close to their expiration on supermarket shelves, combined with the consumer “Last In First Out” shopping behavior, might be the weakest link of the fresh food supply chain.
    The new open GS1 DataBar standard enables applications that encourage efficient consumer shopping by offering him automatic and dynamic purchasing incentives for perishables approaching their expiration dates before they end up in a landfill.
    The “End Grocery Waste” application, which is based on the open GS1 DataBar standard, encourages efficient consumer shopping behavior that maximizes grocery retailer revenue, makes fresh food affordable for all families and effectively reduces the global carbon footprint. You can look this application up at EndGroceryWaste.com

    Rod Averbuch
    Chicago, IL

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