Review of Food Waste Processing Options for Sunshine Coast Council Facilities
- Sunshine Coast Council
In 2017 EnviroCom undertook a research project to investigate options for the recycling of food waste produced at Sunshine Coast Council facilities and events.
The project aimed to provide Council with recommendations for methods to process food waste to reduce emissions, waste to landfill and to create a product that could be reused on Council owned parks and gardens.
Multiple technologies for organics processing were identified and compared against various criteria specific to Council’s requirements. These criteria included spatial and infrastructure requirements, environmental considerations, capital/ongoing costs, ease of use and legislative requirements.
EnviroCom was able to determine the processing requirements based on data collected in previous assessments of Council facility and event waste and recycling streams. From this data, potential implementation sites were highlighted and an appropriate processing option recommended.
The research project provided Council with an opportunity to reduce both waste to landfill and the carbon footprint while turning the food waste into an organic resource that could be utilised locally.
National Litter Education Audit
Client: Healthy Waterways
EnviroCom Australia, in partnership with Healthy Waterways, undertook a desktop audit of litter education resources and programs in circulation throughout Australia. The audit was the first phase in the development of a coordinated litter education strategy for Queensland schools, issued by the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection.
An online survey tool, web research and resource review processes were used to identify and map the resources and programs, determine their alignment with the Australian Curriculum and identify the predominant litter messages and topics addressed. A total of 92 litter education items were identified from various national, state and local agency/organisational levels.
Five key recommendations arose from the audit findings and formed the basis of a quality criteria framework that will inform the future development of resources and initiatives to support litter and illegal dumping education in Queensland schools.
Special Projects and Innovative Waste Management
- Stanwell Corporation – Stanwell Power Station
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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.
2010 Waste Education Strategy
- Redland City Council
Redland City Council engaged EnviroCom to develop a waste education strategy for integration with their regional waste management plan. Founded on Council’s priorities for waste diversion and avoidance, the strategy incorporated initiatives to target identified audience sectors, including mechanisms for community feedback, and included robust evaluation tools linked to a series of KPI’s.
The strategy was underpinned by significant background information and research, including industry workshops, community surveys, industry observations, waste practice assessments and client and community liaison.
Waterways Extension Program
- Redland City Council
Identifying effective and practical strategies to maximise community participation and associated positive environmental outcomes is a key component of successful sustainability engagement programs. EnviroCom was engaged by Redland City Council to develop a strategic and integrated community engagement plan that would generate community behaviours and actions to support the management of local waterways in order to achieve sustainable water and environmental quality outcomes. Tasks associated with this project included, reviewing existing reports, mapping resources and other research to establish priority areas for consideration in the development of the Waterways Extension Program.
ecoBiz Facilitator Training
- QLD Department of Environment and Resource Management (DERM)
The ecoBiz training program is a Department of Environment and Resource Management (DERM; now Department of Environment and Heritage Protection) partnership program that helps Queensland businesses adopt eco-friendly practices that benefit the financial, social and environmental bottom line. Under contract to DERM, EnviroCom delivered training to ecoBiz participants and facilitators (consultants) throughout South East Queensland and regional areas. EnviroCom also delivered ecoBiz training on behalf of the Northern Territory Government (ecoBiz NT).
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.
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.
Bayside Community Graffiti Project
- Bayside City Council
Bayside City Council commissioned EnviroCom to develop and implement the Bayside Community Graffiti Project. The strategic community plan that underpinned the program integrated a range of direct action, community and other monitoring systems, communication initiatives to liaise and engage with a range of stakeholders (including community representatives, Local and State government authorities), community engagement and education activities and funding options. The project was highly successful with outcomes including a reduction of graffiti and clean up times as well as improved community engagement.
Review of Environmental Education Resources and Priority Area Recommendations
EnviroCom undertook a review of hard copy resources that have been generated in the field of environmental education, targeting schools and the general community, to determine a list of priority areas for developmental efforts.
National Review of Water Education Resources and Development of Strategic Priority Listing for Regional Resource Development
- Gold Coast Water
EnviroCom undertook an objective review of Australian water education programs and resources to develop strategic recommendations for priority development areas in education, promotion and support materials for Gold Coast Water.