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U-Pak offers Waste Audits & Waste Reduction Workplans tailored to you.

Completion of a comprehensive waste reduction audit and the development of a work plan are the requirements for establishments over 90,000 square ft in Ontario. In accordance with the 3R’s Regulations, the work plan is to be updated at least annually. The focal priority of these audits and work plans is to achieve or exceed compliance with the Ministry of Environment regulations and devise ensure that materials in the waste stream can be source-separated and diverted into recycling streams.

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Diminish needless expenses through U-Pak’s Waste Consulting Services

  • EBenefit from our years of experience and industry expertise. We have been serving commercial and industrial clients since 1972.
  • EStay up to date with the current Federal and Provincial legislation.
  • EPerforming MOE Waste Audits and Waste Reduction Work Plans.
  • EU-Pak’s in-house LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Accredited Professional can help you implement environmentally sustainable, “green” practices to ensure your facility is running as efficiently as possible
  • ESupport for BRC and HACCP programs.
  • EShare in the Best Practices and newest technologies of an industry leader.
  • EIncrease profit by pinpointing exactly where improvements can be made to your existing services and enact change.
  • EImprove Cost Recovery and Recycling Alternatives.
  • EWaste disposal cost forecasts for months or even years in advance.


Ontario Regulation 102/94

Under Ontario Regulation 102/94, it is a requirement that designated organizations conduct an annual solid waste audit and devise a Waste Reduction Workplan. This waste audit is essentially a study of the solid wastes that are generated, going beyond simply measuring the quantity and composition of waste. The ultimate purpose is to identify the underlying reasons for this waste generation and to identify the factors that dictate how the waste is being managed. As Peter Drucker said, “What gets measured gets managed.”

According to the regulation, the audits must address:

  • EThe amount, nature and composition of the waste generated in all functional areas of the establishment
  • EHow the waste is produced, including relevant management policies and practices
  • EHow the waste is managed

There are four basic steps to implementing a waste reduction program required under regulation Ontario Regulation 102/94:

Conducting a waste audit

Developing a Waste Reduction Workplan

Implementing the work plan

Updating the audit and work plan

The information from the waste audit is the basis for developing the Waste Reduction Workplan. The work plan addresses the 3R’s opportunities to be implemented following the 3R’s hierarchy, with reduction as a first priority, followed by reuse, and then recycling.

Large waste generators are required to establish source separation programs for designated waste materials. These designated materials represent large components of the waste stream that can be diverted from disposal. Measures must be taken to ensure that the collected source-separated wastes are removed from the site and delivered to a municipal waste recycling site (as defined in Ontario Regulation 101/94) or another site with the capability to handle the source-separated waste.

As production increases and demand for environmental compliance also increases, managing these materials can become more of a challenge. A full waste reduction audit needs to be done to; reduce the wastes generated, reuse as much material as possible, and recycle where the other two may not be feasible. This is the 3R’s hierarchy.

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FAQs About Waste Audit Services


What is a waste audit and why is it important for businesses?

A waste audit is a systematic assessment of a company's waste generation and disposal practices. It helps identify opportunities for waste reduction, recycling and cost savings while ensuring compliance with environmental regulations.


What types of businesses can benefit from a waste audit?

Waste audits are valuable for businesses of all sizes and industries. Whether you're a retail store, office, manufacturing facility or restaurant, a waste audit can uncover areas for improvement in waste management.


What does the waste audit process entail?

The process involves a detailed analysis of your waste streams, including collection, sorting and disposal methods. Our experts will assess waste volumes, types and potential recycling opportunities.



How long does a typical waste audit take to complete?

The duration of a waste audit varies depending on the size and complexity of your operation. A standard audit may take anywhere from a few hours to a full day.


What are the potential cost-saving benefits of a waste audit?

Waste audits can lead to significant cost savings by identifying opportunities to reduce waste volumes, increase recycling and negotiate better waste management contracts.


Is there a minimum waste volume required for a waste audit?

We can conduct waste audits for businesses of all sizes, from small offices to large industrial facilities. There is no specific minimum waste volume required.


How do you ensure confidentiality of sensitive information during the audit process?

Our team is committed to maintaining strict confidentiality. Any sensitive or proprietary information discovered during the audit is handled with the utmost discretion and is not disclosed to third parties.


Do you provide a report with recommendations after the waste audit?

Yes, we provide a comprehensive report summarizing our findings, along with specific recommendations for waste reduction, recycling initiatives, and potential cost-saving measures.


Can you assist with implementing the recommended waste management improvements?

Yes, our team can provide guidance and support in implementing the recommended changes. We can help with setting up recycling programs, customized waste equipment and providing employee training.


How can I schedule a waste audit with U-Pak?

Scheduling a waste audit with U-Pak is straightforward. Simply reach out to our dedicated team through our website, email or phone. We'll work with you to arrange a convenient time for the audit.

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