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Collecting & Managing Data: Why Bother? John Leigh Recycling & Waste Management Coordinator Dartmouth-Hitchcock Collecting & Managing Data: Why Bother? John Leigh Recycling & Waste Management Coordinator Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center Lebanon, New Hampshire 1

Agenda l l l l Data, What Data? Why? What am I going to Agenda l l l l Data, What Data? Why? What am I going to do with it? Okay then, how do I collect it without having it take up all my time? Once gathered, how do I make sense of it? Can’t I just steal your spreadsheet template and modify it for my own program? (yes!) Walk me through a spreadsheet? Yuck! Lots of Q & A 2

What kind of data? Amount of waste –Weight l By Category & Material Type What kind of data? Amount of waste –Weight l By Category & Material Type l Costs l Revenues l Avoided costs l Ultimately calculate: l – Rates – Trends – Future estimates 3

Collecting data allows you to: Establish a baseline l Track changes (generation, costs, composition) Collecting data allows you to: Establish a baseline l Track changes (generation, costs, composition) l Generate ideas, prioritize actions, set goals l Measure progress, see what needs more attention l Quantify, report & celebrate achievements l 4

Good data management allows you to… Utilize information for decision making l Better manage Good data management allows you to… Utilize information for decision making l Better manage your: l – Haulers – Processors – Equipment – Budget 5

Good data management allows you to… Advocate environmental initiatives backed by cost avoidance figures Good data management allows you to… Advocate environmental initiatives backed by cost avoidance figures l Justify: l – Labor requests – Capital expenditures – Space requests – A new waste management position! 6

Ultimately, one can… Track generation rates & changes by department l Track generation rates Ultimately, one can… Track generation rates & changes by department l Track generation rates on a per hospital activity basis l Compare with other hospitals l Compare with national averages l 7

Make data collection easier… Unbundle hauler charges (know your fees/rates for hauling, tipping, processing, Make data collection easier… Unbundle hauler charges (know your fees/rates for hauling, tipping, processing, equipment leasing) l Pay by weight, not volume or frequency l Get comfortable with MS Excel l Buy a good scale and weigh as much as is practical l 8

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Resources H 2 E’s Self Assessment Guide www. h 2 e-online. org/pubs/selfasmt. pdf EPA’s Resources H 2 E’s Self Assessment Guide www. h 2 e-online. org/pubs/selfasmt. pdf EPA’s Vol. -to-Weight Conversion Factors www. epa. gov/epaoswer/nonhw/recycle/recmeas/docs/guide_b. pdf (link to full Recycling Measurement Guide: ) www. epa. gov/recycle. measure/download. htm 11