Waste Reduction Pilot

Waste Reduction Pilot

Annually, the U.S. generates 2.7 billion tons of industrial solid waste and more than 260 million tons of municipal solid waste. By reducing waste, organizations may also save energy. Manufacturers, companies, schools, and governments across the country can strengthen their competitiveness and sustainability by setting and realizing robust waste reduction goals. In 2019, DOE announced the Better Buildings, Better Plants Waste Reduction Pilot. Over a 2-year period, DOE will work with organizations to determine the appropriate metrics, goals, and opportunities to reduce waste in different sectors.

Energy Secretary Announces Waste Pilot

At the 2019 Better Buildings Summit, the Secretary of Energy announced the launch of the Waste Reduction Pilot and recognized the organizations who have already joined.

More on the Waste Reduction Pilot

Learn about the Better Buildings, Better Plants Waste Reduction Pilot and how you can participate. 

View Pilot Partners

Meet the diverse group of organizations who are already working with DOE to set, track, and meet a waste reduction goal. 

Featured Solutions

This webinar for Waste Reduction Pilot partners included presentations from the Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Plastics Innovation Challenge and covered the pilot’s waste data reporting form.

Other Resources

Additional Information

Presentations from the 2019 AEE World Session: Waste Not, Want Not: Waste Reduction in a Circular Economy

Waste Management Hierarchy: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) created a hierarchy of 4 key waste management approaches: source reduction and reuse; recycling and composting; energy recovery; and treatment and disposal.

Priorities