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Applying Process Improvement to Waste Diversion


Material Recovery Facilities (MRFs), compost facilities, and other waste diversion operations are essentially factories. In fact, because materials pass through multiple, repetitive steps, diversion and recycling operations have the closest ties to the typical factory…and with process improvement tools and techniques and opportunities.

Join Neal Bolton for the fourth session in our 4-session Process Improvement for Solid Waste Facilities Master Class Series exploring how you can implement process improvement and its tools within your waste diversion operations (e.g., recycling, green waste processing, composting, MRFs, etc.) to optimize your operations, efficiency, flow, and savings.

In this presentation, we’ll take a look at recycling facilities (simple, voluntary drop-offs to complex automated MRFs), their activities, their natural integration with systems like Six Sigma and Lean Manufacturing, and the many opportunities within these for process improvement and savings. Additionally we’ll examine organics processing facilities (waste facilities and stand-alone), their multi-step and labor intensive activities (e.g., chipping, grinding, mulching, composting, etc.), the associated equipment and tasks (e.g., loaders, grinders, trommels, windrow turners, etc.), and the opportunities for process improvement (e.g., reduced material handling, etc.). Within both these discussions we’ll also explore how you can design a mass diagram to identify waste flow and optimize diversion operations by targeting high-priority materials. 

Learning Objectives 
Attendees can expect the discussion and education of the following learning objectives:

  • Understand the Theory of Constraints in regards to material flow
  • Learn how process improvement can improve diversion operations
  • Understand mass diagrams and how it can identify waste flow at a MRF or organics processing facility
  • Learn how to optimize diversion operations by targeting high-priority materials


Process Improvement for Solid Waste Facilities
Master Class Series

This session is the fourth module in our 4-session Process Improvement for Solid Waste Facilities Master Class Series. Currently, we are offering the full Master Class Series at a discounted rate. If you are interested in purchasing the full Master Class Series, you can find information and the registration link here.

* Presentations are scheduled for approximately one hour with a 15-20 minute question and answer session to follow. Presentation may exceed scheduled time. 
* Each state and certification agency has different requirements; it is your responsibility to know what they are. Note that 1 PDH = 0.1 CEU.

On-Demand Webcast
Session: 1 H 30 M
Lectures: 1
Credits: 1 PDH / 0.1 CEU



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