Lean Waste Stream: Reducing Material Use and Garbage Using Lean Principles

Lean Waste Stream: Reducing Material Use and Garbage Using Lean Principles

By: Marc Jensen (author)Paperback

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The fact that a process produces garbage is a testament to design inefficiency, and this book explains how to use the nature of that garbage to pinpoint and eliminate those inefficiencies. Lean Waste Stream: Reducing Material Use and Garbage Using Lean Principles supplies an unprecedented look at how to address business waste in a manner that will improve your organization's environmental and financial performance. Tackling the problem of business garbage from a Lean perspective, the book maintains a focus on how to minimize garbage in ways that cut costs. It considers the problem of garbage in terms of transportation, inventory, and labor costs-with an effort to connect reductions in garbage production at all stages with lower operating costs and improved productivity. Explaining how to use garbage analysis as a tool to identify the problems in process flow that produced the garbage, this book describes how to look downstream for options to reuse, repurpose, and recycle garbage to minimize landfill impact and costs. The text includes practical exercises with step-by-step instructions, as well as real-world examples that illustrate how specific wastes have been dealt with profitably by various organizations.

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Marc Jensen is director of the University of Oklahoma (OU) Lean Institute in the College of Continuing Education where he teaches, coaches, develops materials, and administers programs. He specializes in applying Lean techniques to environmental sustainability and conservation efforts, driving environmentally conscious economic growth. Jensen earned his Lean Six Sigma Green Belt certification in 2009. He serves broadly in an advisory capacity on conservation, sitting on several internal OU committees, and as a board member of the Oklahoma Recycling Association. In addition to his work in Lean, Jensen teaches as an adjunct in the music departments for both OU and the University of Indiana.


The Garbage Can Looking Inside the Magic Box Garbage and Wealth Garbage as Embodied Process Costs Garbage vs. Material Waste Endnote Getting Rid of Our Waste Landfilling Energy Recovery Recycling Downcycling and Upcycling Recycling as a Last Resort Waste Avoidance Strategies Reuse Minimization and Prevention Endnotes Garbage Auditing Planning the Audit Safety for the Audit Dumpster Diving Safety Conducting an Audit Autopsy Style Include Recycled Material in Your Audit Vacuum Hoses Hazardous or Sensitive Materials Garbage Audit Data Collection Conducting a Live Audit Ongoing Garbage Monitoring Endnote Interrogating the Garbage Garbage Interrogation Worksheet Making Improvements Improvement Teams Project Selection Criteria The Project Team The Project Charter Tool Value Stream Mapping Capturing Garbage on a Value Stream Map Garbage and Material Waste Data Box Building a Baseline Value Stream Map Mapping Time Mapping Improvements Process Mapping Presentations Making Improvements That Stick Endnote Effective Recycling Programs Design for Recyclability The Psychology of Effective Recycling Sharing the Rewards of Recycling Waste Sorting and Segregation Making Garbage Transparent and Accountable Postconsumer Recycling vs. Material Recapture Endnotes Composting Programs and Organics Food Waste Plant Waste from Landscaping Municipal Compost Yards Plant Waste from Operations Biodegradable Materials Edible/Consumable Landscaping Endnotes Transportation and Storage of Garbage Process Improvement and Spaghetti Diagrams Garbage Compaction Small-Scale Compactors Styrofoam Densifiers Reducing Dumpster Pulls-External Waste Handling Costs Water in the Garbage Dewatering Slurry Endnotes Reuse and Repurposing Reusable Containers Relationship with the Supplier Repurposing and Reusing Containers Specialty Markets for Materials Material Exchange Programs Virtually Any Waste Product Can Be Reused for Something Endnotes Waste Prevention through Design Source Reduction Efforts Simplify Suppliers Purchasing Controls Compressed Gas Leaks Preventative Maintenance Practices Biomimicry Endnotes Paperwork Reduction Why Do We Use Paper? Advantages and Disadvantages of Paper Advantages Disadvantages Active Processes vs. Records Retention Analyzing Paper Use with a Paper Audit Records Retention Policies and Document Destruction Build a Robust Electronic File System Common Sources of Office Waste Resulting from Paper Use Reducing Toner Use Paperwork Reduction vs. Paperless Office Endnote Regulated Waste Segregation Resource Conservation and Recovery Act Defining Hazardous Waste Measuring Hazardous Waste Exploring Nonhazardous Alternatives Regulated Medical Waste Confidential Paperwork Waste Hoarding Training and Information Endnotes Afterword: Maybe Don't Call It Green Appendix A: Conducting a Garbage Audit at the University of Oklahoma Appendix B: Norman, Oklahoma, Municipal Compost Facility Appendix C: Regulated Medical Waste at St. John Medical Center Index

Product Details

  • publication date: 14/10/2014
  • ISBN13: 9781482253177
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 182
  • ID: 9781482253177
  • weight: 317
  • ISBN10: 1482253178

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