Tips to Creating a Successful P2 Program for Your Business
Have a clear understanding of your facility’s P2 direction.
- Learn the definition of P2 and create a facility or corporate P2 policy.
Develop a method for identifying and documenting wastes and emissions.
Create P2 goals.
- Develop and communicate facility and/or corporate P2 goals.
- Incorporate feedback solicited from employees and other sources into corporate and facility goal-setting processes.
- Consider corporate P2 directives that influence the program.
Appoint a champion, facilitator or point person to lead the program.
- Encourage management to support P2 and commit necessary resources to support P2 activities.
Integrate environmental considerations into the business planning process.
- Make facility P2 goals part of the business planning process.
- Consider P2, whenever possible, in anticipation of future compliance requirements.
- Assigned priorities to waste streams.
- Use cross-functional teams.
Communicate cost-effective benefits of sustainable P2 programs.
Meet a rate of return on P2 Project investments.
- Use financial and non-financial criteria to evaluate projects.
Track P2 progress and communicate progress with employees
- Measure progress and periodically publish
- Communicate results to key people.
Use quality tools in your P2 program.
- Garner inspiration from tools such as a team-based quality culture, ISO 9000/14000, Pareto principles, total quality management, etc.
Maintain responsibility and accountability for P2 results.
- Tie waste and emissions accountability to the generating operation.
Pattern P2 programs to suit the facility's culture.
- Ensure P2 team members have detailed knowledge of their plant culture.
Recognize accomplishments to sustain employees motivation.
- Provide immediate recognition of early accomplishments to help establish the P2 program.
- Develop facility and/or corporate-level recognition programs to help sustain employee motivation.
Support facility P2 programs with company resources.
- Access corporate and external resources to aid P2 efforts (i.e. corporate engineering, marketing, research, laboratories, outside suppliers, etc.)
Develop an effective communication strategy to increase P2 awareness.
- Utilize communication resources within the facility and community.
Integrate P2 into pre-manufacturing decisions.
- Begin P2 at research, development and design phases of the product or process.
- Work with equipment and raw material suppliers and customers to help identify P2 opportunities for products and processes.