The concept of striving for zero waste is not a new one and has been around for decades.
The major stumbling block for measuring success has been the lack of a tool to measure and compare large scale facilities’ waste strategies. Measuring a zero waste auto manufacturing facility would be vastly different than a bakery or an airport. Comparisons between the programs would be nearly impossible because each program presents specific challenges.
The ReDi Index® is the program to solve that problem.
ReDi allows you to enter details of your waste stream’s commodities and the type, location, and size of your facility, and with the push of a button, measure your program’s effectiveness and compare the program with other programs by type and locale. You can use the results to compare your program, to brainstorm options with other facility managers, and to source new ways to move closer to zero waste. Airport waste managers can see what other airports are doing with used oil waste, university waste managers can compare rates of composting food waste, and waste managers at a retail chain can find ways to divert their number two plastics from a landfill – all thanks to the ReDi Index®.
Al Matyasovsky was the Supervisor of Central Support Services, responsible for labor, equipment and solid waste management in the Office of Physical Plant (OPP) at the University Park campus. Al holds a BS in chemistry and has taught school, worked in a coal mine, and owned his own construction company prior to his employment at Penn State.
Lloyd Rhoades was the Manager of Central Services at OPP at University Park. Holding degrees in Operations Management and Business Administration, for over twenty-five years he led the unit that encompassed the skilled trades shops, landscape operations, vehicle management and refuse and recycling.
Brendan Bagley is the IT Project Manager at the Office of Physical Plant at University Park. He is a former US Army Officer with a BS in Agricultural Business Management and a Master’s Certificate in Software Dev. He is your “go to” person for enhancements regarding the ReDi Index®.
The ReDi Index® Story
When challenged by senior leaders at Penn State to take its municipal solid waste program to zero waste, Al researched the concept of zero waste and found many ideas. But there was no measuring tool universally accepted or universally used in the industry to measure the effectiveness to reach zero waste. After considering percentages often used in the industry, it was clear none of these metrics fully explained a program’s success in terms of response (processes in place) or to measure diversion rates.
The idea of a two number system, that expresses response and diversion (ReDi), came about as a result of this research. Nothing happens in a vacuum and the original idea needed work and support. Partnering with two Physical Plant employees, Lloyd Rhoades and Brendan Bagley made the ReDi Index® a reality.
The ReDi Index® is patented and owned by Penn State.
The ReDi Index® is the social media of the waste industry. It allows you to compare your progress to zero waste and contact other companies that have similar waste streams to yours. It has changed the way we think about all of our waste streams.