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Evaluation of the WasteWise Program

EPA's  WasteWise program uses information, technical assistance, public recognition and awards to promote the prevention and recycling of municipal solid waste and select industrial materials. Municipal solid waste includes materials that could end up in an organization's (or its customers') trash.

This evaluation identified the most effective activities the program could use to reduce the waste of different types of program partners (e.g., size or sector of partners) and addressed the related question of attribution: how much of this waste reduction is fairly attributable to EPA activities? The evaluation also assessed whether the information available at the time was sufficient to evaluate the program, or if other information not already reported by partners would be needed. This evaluation determined whether the WasteWise Program effectively reduced waste by comparing the waste reduction results of partners and non-partners operating within the United States Postal Service.

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