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Waste Prevention in the Manufacturing Sector

Click on the items in the factory below or use the jump links to go to related waste prevention information for this business sector. You can also use the itemized list in the pull-down menu above to go directly to waste prevention tips for particular products or activities that cross various business sectors.

industry profile
waste prevention tips for manufacturers


Industry profile

According to the New York State Department of Labor leaving NYCWasteLess there are more than 95,000 people working in manufacturing in New York City. The variety of products manufactured is enormous and the competition intense.

According to the NYC Department of Sanitation’s New York City Waste Composition Study (1990), manufacturing businesses are responsible for approximately 35 percent of the total quantity of commercial waste generated in the City every year.

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Waste prevention tips for manufacturers

Improving profit margins without compromising product quality or raising product price represents an ongoing challenge for manufacturers. Waste prevention serves as a key component to meeting this challenge.

Identify waste prevention opportunities by periodically re-examining and retooling your business’s purchasing decisions and production processes. Small changes — such as installing lighting timers or sensors to save energy, renegotiating contracts with vendors to take back pallets and other transport waste, or increasing routine maintenance schedules for heavily used machinery and vehicles — can save your business a lot of money.

Check out the topics below to learn more:

energy efficiency and motors
manufacturing with recycled content
obsolete inventory and off-spec waste
paperboard and cardboard
reusable containers
vehicle maintenance
water conservation
wooden pallets and crates

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