It always seems that no matter how "high on the ladder" a program or initiative comes from, it always boils down to one things that makes any program work: Has the "front line" really bought-in to the program? We saw four tactics that successful waste min programs used to get buy-in from employees: 1) Clearly defined -- and accessible -- reduction goals Setting up goals and measurements for any program can be a tough job... but a common obstacle seemed to be that plants may be asking too much of their first waste min plan. Don't try to come out of the gate with a massive plan spanning 200 materials and goals for each. 2) Opportunities are "monetized"... helping everyone understand how much money can be saved This also relates to setting goals, but helping everyone understand the opportunity in terms of dollars helps both sides of the org get involved... management AND employees. Even with the best support from management, programs that have sof" goals like "getting better" can be hard to track... and hard to keep moving forward over time. 3) Frequent reminders and status updates From color-coded waste bins to signs to reminder training to making successes public, successful programs are continuous. They offer reminders of what needs to be done, and they share successes continuously. 4) Employee involvement from the beginning Creating teams to let those closest to the wastestreams solve the problems and monitor progress is a great way to jumpstart your program quickly. In some cases, it may make sense to create teams to compete against each other, or even for the plant to contribute part of the waste savings to employee funds, raffles, cookouts or charities. Those are just four trends we have seen... what tools or tactics have helped your program to get buy-in from employees?