Zero Waste Facility Assessment

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HSR Zero Waste provides facilities and waste reduction assessment services to help facilities establish baselines that can advance them toward environmental and operational efficiencies objectives, such as the  Zero Waste Facility Certification.

With over 30 years of experience in the waste diversion industry, our team of Zero Waste Experts are ready to work with you to achieve your sustainability and zero waste goals.

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Zero Waste Facility Assessment?

A Zero Waste Facility Assessment is an in-depth primary qualitative baseline waste reduction review. It focuses on identifying a facility's existing policies, practices, and systems as they relate to its resource use. The purpose of the facilities assessment is to provide an overview of where a facility stands on the zero waste spectrum, from policies, training, and purchasing, to how it handles materials.

A Zero Waste Facility Assessment sets the stage for and is complemented by a Waste Composition Review or Sustainability Audit, allowing for targeted information gathering to optimize resources and opportunities. Together, these baseline waste reduction assessments summarize a facility's current level of performance, creating a basis from which to document the facility's progress toward zero waste.

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Zero Waste Facility Assessment?

A Zero Waste Facility Assessment represents a valuable starting point for implementing zero waste policies and practices at the facility level. It provides insight into where a facility stands on the zero waste spectrum at that moment and helps facilities measure zero waste performance. The waste reduction assessment outlines opportunity areas for intervention based on existing policies and practices and the facility’s performance or impact to date, and facilitates a collaborative and targeted approach to a waste audit.

The Zero Waste Facility Assessment provides an opportunity to tell the story of your business’s zero waste journey from the beginning. It is a requirement to achieve Zero Waste Canada’s Zero Waste Facility Certification .

Zero Waste Facility Assessments For?

The Zero Waste Facility Assessment is for any size business looking to adopt a sustainability policy or move toward zero waste. The waste reduction review can be done with any facility, regardless of industry or size.

Examples of facilities may include but are not limited to:


Coffee Shops


Community Centers





Shopping Centers

Our Process

Site Visit:

We schedule and perform a site tour to understand the flow of your business operations.


We discuss your goals, policies, programs, and practices, and establish a scope of work.

Zero Waste Facility Assessment:

We take a detailed tour of your facility, mapping out and documenting your operation and waste generation activities and your waste management practices.


We interview lead operators to ensure full understanding of the Zero Waste Facility Assessment, discuss key observations, and fill in any missing information gaps from the facilities assessment.


We cross-check the site visit findings with the meeting and interview information and develop an in-depth report. The report establishes your waste baseline, identifies waste reduction opportunities, and shows how to optimize your waste and recycling program. It outlines key zero waste steps and provides suggested methods to reduce garbage and increase your diversion rate recycling. It will also highlight any necessary training and, in most cases, provide cost-saving opportunities.

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