Dumpster Dive

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This workshop is part of Purdue TAP's Green Enterprise Development Program.

The Dumpster Dive workshop focuses on concepts relating to life cycle analysis, alternative material selection, by-product reduction, waste exchange and zero landfill and will demonstrate some practical tools that can be implemented to reduce or eliminate the solid waste stream. These concepts are put into practice through a "Dumpster Dive" activity within a simulated company to sort the trash they produce; calculate the costs associated with managing this waste; and generate ideas for reducing, reusing and/or recycling to save money and improve the environment.

Participants will learn:

  • Fundamentals of solid waste streams
  • Methods to evaluate materials used in products and processes
  • Concepts relating to life cycle analysis
  • How to reduce or eliminate the solid waste stream
  • How to apply the 4Rs – Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Take part in a live “Dumpster Dive” activity: Sort through a simulated company’s trash, calculate the costs associated with managing this waste, and generate ideas for saving money and improving the environment.



Note: This workshop is part of the 8-Day Green Generalist & Specialist Certificate Program that prepares you for the SME Green Manufacturing Specialist Exam. Exam takes place on day 8. For more information, visit



Credits: Workshop qualifies for 0.8 CEUs (continuing education units) through Purdue University. There is a $15 processing fee to obtain your CEU transcript record. If you are interested in obtaining CEUs, you can prepay at registration or request an application form at the end of the session. Workshop also qualifies for 8 PDHs (professional development hours) through the Indiana State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers. You will be given a Certificate of Attendance to submit to the Board for these credits.



Appropriate For

Technicians, Supervisors, Work Cell Leaders, Plant Engineers, Industrial Engineers, Manufacturing Engineers, Design Engineers, Level 1 Procurement Specialists, Environmental Managers, and Green Team Participants.

You Will Learn

The fundamentals of solid waste streams and their associated sources by applying the 4Rs – Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle - to re-evaluate materials used in products and processes, along with the resulting solid wastes.


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