Monitoring and reporting

Once the waste management plan has been implemented the monitoring phase of waste management begins. The purpose of this phase is to keep track of how the waste management system works in practice. The goal of this is to at least keep the waste management at the level laid out in the original plan but ideally it should be used to continually improve it.

The monitoring itself can be divided into accounting-based and practical monitoring. Accounting-based monitoring entails the tracking of waste amounts, waste management expenses, the amount of working hours spent on waste management etc. All the things that are being monitored are referred to as counters and they all have a definite unit which is being measured such as tons, euros, hours etc.

Practical monitoring encompasses other sort monitoring that doesn’t have a definite unit such as feedback from partners and customers and measuring the accumulation of waste by eye.
Once all the information concerning the waste produced by the company has been collected it can be used in reporting. When making monitoring reports it I important to take into account for whom the report is to be presented; reports to be submitted to the authorities should contain as much precise and concise information as possible while reports for employers should contain information on how their work affects the waste management of the entire firm etc.