Commercial Waste Minimisation

Commercial Waste Stream Audit

Client: Sunshine Coast Council

In May 2014, EnviroCom Australia undertook an assessment of the commercial waste generated by businesses within the Sunshine Coast Council municipality. The aim of this assessment was to determine the composition of commercial waste being presented to landfill.

The composition of commercial waste in a Council landfill is often overlooked due to a focus on the composition of municipal waste.  From a waste minimisation perspective, commercial contributions can represent a potentially significant degree of a region’s net presentation of waste. When investigated in combination with municipal solid waste, and construction/demolition waste, such information can be of vital importance to Councils in order to obtain a holistic understanding of the waste being managed.

Such knowledge subsequently assists in facilitating the development of informed strategic directives which support efficient, sustainable, and cost-effective waste management solutions for the client.

Quantify Your Waste Generation

Waste Segregation and Auditing

Waste Segregation and Auditing

Do you know how much waste your organisation generates?

In February 2013, EnviroCom conducted an assessment of the composition and generation of total waste streams on behalf of Gold Coast City Council (GCCC). The study included waste streams from GCCC offices and works depots in order to assess the amount and composition of waste generated. A logistics and scheduling program was implemented prior to the audit period in order that all GCCC locations could be included in the assessment. All waste generated over a known period of time was hand segregated and recorded by mass and volume in order to accurately quantify the amount of waste that was deposited to the garbage, commingled recycling and paper and cardboard streams. EnviroCom provided a comprehensive report that highlighted the generation rate of waste from each site, the amount of resource (recycling) lost to the garbage; contamination in the recycling and a series of recommendations to improve waste minimisation and management at their sites.

Large Scale Landfill Waste Assessment

RoRo Load

RoRo C&I Sample for Segregation

The Gold Coast City Council is the second largest local government area in Australia and generates substantial volumes of waste from a population spread over a large geographic area from Coolangatta in the South to Yatala in the North. In November and December 2012, The Gold Coast City Council commissioned EnviroCom to undertake an assessment of various waste streams managed through their active Landfill Sites, including:

• Domestic Kerbside Waste to Landfill
• Domestic Kerbside Comingled Recycling
• Domestic Self Haul Waste (Transfer Station Waste)
• Commercial and Industrial Waste
• Construction and Demolition Waste
• MRF Processing Waste
• Council Street Bins (City Cleaning Mixed Waste Municipal)

Cumulatively, these waste streams contribute significantly to the overall composition of waste managed by Gold Coast City Council. EnviroCom developed an efficient and effective methodology to measure and reported summaries of the large amounts of data collected during the waste assessment. The data presentations included National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting categories (including statistical confidence used in the estimation of carbon generation), waste stream based aggregate categories and resource recovery and loss analysis. Recommendations on data collection processes, resource recovery and waste minimisation opportunities and other factors that may influence the management of waste through the GCCC landfill sites were investigated and included in the reporting processes.

Special Projects and Innovative Waste Management

Does your large scale construction or industrial maintenance project require specialised waste management support?

EnviroCom provided Stanwell Power Station (SPS) with specialised waste management expertise during the 2012 Outage Project. Each year Stanwell Power Station takes one of its four units offline for major maintenance and upgrade work. The Outage runs for approximately 60 days and requires an additional 650 specialist personnel onsite. Every Outage since 2009, EnviroCom has provided a field officer to oversee waste management. The officer’s duties include training, maximising waste segregation, logistics, reviewing procedures/policies, ensuring legislatively compliant disposal of waste, contractor liaison, collation and analysis of data plus reporting.

Waste Reduction Plans – Mining Industry

JR Richards & Sons – Bulga Coal Complex NSW
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JR Richards and Sons engaged EnviroCom to undertake an assessment of waste stream characteristics and waste disposal systems and behaviours at the Bulga Coal Complex, an integral part of the NSW division of Xstrata Coal.

Xstrata sustainable development strategies required a 12% reduction in waste to landfill over a five year period, with a 4% reduction in the first year.

More than one tonne of waste from the surface and underground operations was segregated and classified.  This snapshot provided a measure of resource loss in the general waste stream and assisted in identifying opportunities for improved diversion. Assessment against historical waste contractor data allowed a baseline waste generation rate to be produced against which future diversion efforts can be measured.

Liaison with site staff, contractors and relevant stakeholders, along with observational assessments of disposal behaviours, bulk waste precincts and point of generation services provided an insight into the practices and procedures that will contribute to meeting waste reduction targets.

The resulting report delivered over 30 site specific recommendations, providing the client with clear and concise actions to improve diversion; the recommendations included guidance on equipment or servicing needs, outlined financial benefits or risks and included strategies associated with training for waste minimisation and ongoing evaluation of the initiatives.

Integrated Waste Management Services

EnviroCom”s substantial experience in the industrial sector, coupled with knowledge of best practice waste systems and organisational cultural change, has been utilised by Stanwell Corporation, primarily at Stanwell Power Station (SPS) west of Rockhampton, since 2008. Coinciding with the introduction of an integrated waste management plan for the site, EnviroCom has provided on the ground services to ensure effective and compliant management of waste via waste audits, waste systems advice, contractor liaison and delivery of environmental training. This has been supported through reviews of waste management policies and procedures, including the handling and tracking of regulated and hazardous wastes.
Since 2010 EnviroCom has also provided on the ground waste advice during station outage (shutdown) events, assisting SPS to effectively manage increased waste volumes and an expanded workforce over this period.

Waste Management Planning, Planning Workshops and On Going Waste Management Services

An extensive program of waste composition assessments undertaken by EnviroCom on behalf of the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) was the catalyst for ongoing engagement with this prestigious tertiary institution. EnviroCom was subsequently commissioned by QUT to facilitate the development of a Waste Management Plan (WMP) undertaking liaison and consultation with all relevant stakeholders, including facilities management (sustainability manager and officers plus finance controllers), departmental representatives and waste contractors. EnviroCom was further commissioned to contribute to the development and review of the WMP.

Corporate Waste Minimisation and Sustainability Programs

Brisbane City Council, QLD Department of Environment and Resource Management (DERM), Queensland Rail, Colonial First State, Suncorp Stadium, The Gabba, Stanwell Corporation, Gladstone Port Corporation, Skilled Park.
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EnviroCom has prepared waste minimisation plans and programs for a variety of organisations in both the government and private sector. Recognising that successful waste minimisation programs consider the connection between waste diversion services and workplace culture, EnviroCom’s work in this space includes the collection of baseline data, research into current on-site practices and attitudes, and assessment of existing and available infrastructure and technology. Waste minimisation programs may also incorporate staff/tenant training, development of educational materials (e.g. signage) and ongoing monitoring and review services.