WasteWise is a program run by the Environmental Protection Agency, better known as EPA. This program, a branch of their Sustainable Materials Management program, promotes the use and reuse of materials more productively over their entire life cycles. With over 25 years operating, this program extends an invitation to all U.S. Businesses, governments, academic institutions, and non-profit organizations to join either through a partnership, as an endorser, or as both. Some of the principal benefits of joining the WasteWise program are the tools, such as Energy Star’s Portfolio Manager or the Waste reduction Model (WARM), made available to partners that want to optimize their materials usage and their waste output. Launched in 1994, WasteWise has become a mainstay in environmental stewardship and continues to evolve to address tomorrow’s environmental needs.

We mapped WasteWise to:

  • Reducing Carbon Emissions
  • Reducing Waste
  • Protecting Ecosystems/Low Impact

WasteWise certifies:

  • Suppliers & Manufacturers

Cost to get certified:

WasteWise is a governmental program and has no fee. WasteWise is a flexible program that allows member organizations to set their own goals, design their own programs, and implement their own strategies to reduce waste.

Do they perform audits on companies:

In short, No. Companies are allowed to use the tools provided by the program and its allies in order for them to “audit themselves” in what they call a Waste Audit.

Standards listed on their website

No. There isn’t a set of firm standards for this program, instead, they provide tools for companies to self-regulate or measure their waste and invite them to get better at properly using materials in order to avoid waste.


We couldn’t find any clear-cut controversies on this movement, instead, we decided to add some articles regarding the public opinion on their work as an organization.