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Pollution prevention informationWaste reduction and recycling - save $$$!

For many Wisconsin businesses, waste disposal has been a matter of "out of sight, out of mind." Materials that aren't needed have often been thrown away. But there are things your small business can do to ensure proper disposal and/or recycling of wastes and reduce the amount of waste your business produces. The following information can show how you can actually save money and conserve natural resources!

Waste reduction and recycling

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Water supply

  • Water Efficiency Manual [PDF exit DNR] (North Carolina DNR): This information-packed guide—created for businesses in North Carolina, but of value to companies anywhere—provides a wealth of resources on water conservation and efficiency. Tips, checklists and success stories are supplemented with background information to help facility managers plan and budget water-efficiency projects, seek buy-in and support from top management, and integrate water efficiency into facility upgrades and new construction. Sections include industry-specific information for textile manufacturers, food processors and metal finishers, along with auditing methodology and tools suitable for any company.
  • The Massachusetts Water Resources Authority's Water Efficiency and Management in Commercial Buildings website [exit DNR] details how commercial buildings can save water. Through case study examples and generalized action steps, the online document lays out how to use water more efficiently. It covers all facets of a building, from the grounds to the boiler room.
  • Facility Manager's Guide to Water Management [exit DNR]: This comprehensive, 120-page guide is a facility manager's dream, complete with step-by-step advice, implementation steps, worksheets, forms, checklists and diagrams. It covers a broad spectrum of water-management issues, from plumbing fixtures to cooling towers to landscaping. In addition to the wealth of implementation help, there is also model paycheck stuffers and other devices to help foster employee participation, sample press materials for promoting company efforts and "Fun Filler Facts" to use in company newsletters and other publications.

Storm water

Last revised: Thursday December 11 2014