Audit is Not a Dirty Word with M-PASS

by | Jun 6, 2019

If you’re like a lot of people, this is the last word you want to hear. Maybe it’s the thought of IRS agents combing through that pile of receipts from three years ago? Given the general use of the word, a bit of fear is not an overreaction. For example, here’s Merriam-Webster’s first definition of the word: “…a formal examination of an organization’s or individual’s accounts or financial situation.” And their example: “The audit showed that the company had misled investors.” Even if no one has done anything wrong, the word still has a negative connotation.

But there is a way that the idea of an audit can elicit happier feelings, save businesses money, and help the environment.

We’re hearing the phrase “waste audit” more and more in the business world and there are several reasons why. A waste audit can potentially save your organization money. This type of audit assesses a company’s existing waste diversion practices along with the equipment and transport they use. And it’s an important topic for our business to be thinking about at this moment because we need to be looking for easier, more efficient, and more cost-effective methods of waste diversion.


  • An audit can uncover over spending or unnecessary costs in a company’s waste diversion operations, resulting in savings for the company.
  • An effective assessment has the end result of reducing the amount of material taken to landfills which helps everyone, while reducing costs.
  • In today’s world, a company’s commitment to sustainability matters to consumers.

Economic factors are pushing us towards more effective, more efficient waste diversion. A waste audit is the answer – a business that has made the recommended changes after an audit will show clear proof that they are operating in the most sustainable way possible and saving money. A dedicated audit team continues to monitor results to ensure that the changes prompted by the audit continue.

Businesses of every size, from fast-food restaurants to bars to college and university campuses, will find significant economic benefits from a waste audit. Larger companies, such as manufacturing and distribution centers, as well as property management companies also benefit.

Historically, our industry has included instances of overcharging or over-servicing clients.

Both these, and other issues, will come to light in a waste audit. For example an audit may determine that a company is being of over-serviced if it has a dumpster pick-up five times a week when it’s needed only twice a week.

Sometimes it’s as simple as that you don’t know what you don’t know.

A good waste audit is a thorough one. An independent experienced third-party audit team gets to know your waste intimately by conducting on-site surveys to review existing equipment, space restrictions, process flow, and recyclables that can be diverted from landfill to reduce operating expenses.

And a good audit team doesn’t leave – they are always there for ongoing support and to measure the success of the new program.

Read on to learn about M-PASS’s audit process and how it can help your business save money and join the move toward more sustainable business practices.

M-PASS and Audits (and You)
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“M-PASS has saved each of the participating US business units of Mainetti over $150k this year – as you know that savings goes straight to the profit line. It was humbling to ‘learn what we didn’t know’ when we felt we had our hands on the pulse of all aspects we touch. They are the real deal.”

Russel Folmar
General Manager – Mainetti RTS

As more companies are learning about the benefits of waste and recycling audits, M-PASS is ready to help.

M-PASS uses a proprietary, multi-step audit process to examine all components of an organization’s existing waste & recycling programs. The goal is to maximize efficiencies and reduce associated costs.

  • THIS IS IMPORTANT BECAUSE – the audit process sets M-PASS apart from other companies doing audits.

A waste and recycling audit will produce savings for your organization and enhance your “green” initiatives

  • THIS IS IMPORTANT BECAUSE – those concerned customers are asking demanding increased sustainability where they live, work, shop, and eat and drink.

Audits can include solid waste, grease, special & hazardous waste, and recyclable materials such as organics, fiber, plastics, glass, metals, wood, etc.

  • THIS IS IMPORTANT BECAUSE – M-PASS leaves no trash untouched.

The entire process is quantified so the process is guaranteed to be transparent. M-PASS Environmental will not implement anything other than what would be defined as “durable” or lasting savings opportunities.

  • THIS IS IMPORTANT BECAUSE – Transparency ensures there will never be any question about results.


We specialize in discovering incremental cost savings and revenues associated with waste disposal and recyclable materials

We are independent and have no direct ties to any particular landfill or recycling facility. 

We conduct a “Shared Savings Audit.” This means there is no upfront cost. We get paid by sharing in the savings we generate for you.  We also offer fee-based audits, if preferred.

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