Municipal Building Waste Audit Program

Establishing waste reporting requirements for municipal buildings.

Engaging City employees in Zero Waste.

One of the Zero Waste and Litter Cabinet’s major goals is for the City of Philadelphia to lead by example as it paves the way toward a Zero Waste future, and one way that the City will pursue this goal is through the Building Waste Audit Program. The goal of this program is to get building operators and staff to think more about the waste they generate and how to reduce that waste and keep more of it out of landfills. After piloting the program in municipal buildings, a waste audit program will be developed for Philadelphia’s commercial and institutional sectors.

Mandatory Reporting

Each municipal building in Philadelphia is required to submit the Philadelphia Municipal Building Waste Audit Form annually by December 31 to report on which materials the facility generates and the haulers servicing the facility. (NOTE: The 2017 submission deadline has been extended to January 31, 2018. Please submit your facility’s waste audit form for 2017 by this date.)

Download the Municipal Building Waste Audit Guide for detailed information on what the City’s requirements are, how to fulfill them, and resources for identifying opportunities to reduce and divert your building’s waste.

Optional Zero Waste Reporting

Municipal facility managers can elect to learn more about opportunities for waste diversion and report in greater detail on the waste management practices at their facilities by completing the optional monthly “Zero Waste Reporting” section of the Philadelphia Municipal Building Waste Audit Form. Building managers who go above and beyond to pursue Zero Waste in their buildings and complete the monthly reporting can achieve different levels of recognition as Zero Waste Partners. You may wish to use the Building Waste Generation Calculator Tool (Microsoft Excel file) to help you estimate your facility’s waste generation totals and complete this section of the form.

Become a Zero Waste Partner

Achieving recognition as a Zero Waste Partner allows you to share with employees and the public your commitment to helping the city reach its Zero Waste goal and to creating a more sustainable Philadelphia. Email for more information.


Municipal Building Waste Audit Guide (PDF Download)

Municipal Building Waste Audit Guide (Interactive Flipbook)

Building Waste Generation Calculator Tool (Microsoft Excel File)

Philadelphia Disposal, Recycling, and Donation Options (PDF Download)

Waste Audit Fast Facts Sheet (PDF Download)

Tips for Working with Custodial Staff Sheet (PDF Download)

Recycling Signage and Stickers


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