Streamlining Waste Management for Increased Sustainability

More and more in today’s world, developing sustainable practices is not only the “right thing to do,” but also has significant, positive benefits to the communities in which such efforts are implemented. The International Facility Management Association (IFMA) and the IFMA Foundation recently released a free guide for facility managers called Waste: A Comprehensive Guide to Waste Stream Management. This guide is designed to aid facility managers in developing solutions to minimize waste, and increase sustainability.

In a recent Today’s Facility Manager article, “IFMA Releases Sustainability Guide for Waste Management,” author Heidi Schwartz explains that modern facility managers are under a great deal of pressure to find ways to do more with less. As such, management of the waste stream is one way these professionals can meet this demand.

The industry loosely defines waste as the “useless consumption or expenditure of resources.” Tracking the life cycle of resources can help explain where and when waste is taking place. To help make this process clear and effective, this new guide provides tools and information for managers so they can determine how resources are used from harvest through manufacturing/production, transportation, use and disposal.

This free guide is designed to help facility managers across the country keep an eye on resource and waste management. As such, the following topics are explored:

  • Best practices for conducting a waste audit
  • Development of a guide for environmentally preferred purchasing
  • Best practices to reduce, reuse, recycle and rethink
  • Tips for making the business case for waste reduction
  • Detailed case studies

Facility managers who are able to maintain controls and measure the material inputs and outputs of a facility are more likely to find cost savings while also positively impacting the physical environment.

To be successful in doing so, facility managers must be able to clearly communicate the benefits and positive economic impact of sustainability and energy-efficient practices. This guide is designed to help these professionals achieve those goals.

To learn more about this new IFMA guide, and how facility managers can benefit from its use, visit

To download a free copy of Waste: A Comprehensive Guide to Waste Stream Management, visit

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