EnviroCom Australia at the NSW Premier’s Awards
- Orange City Council
Staff from EnviroCom NSW attended the 2018 Premier’s Awards for Excellence in Public Service, having been nominated for their collaborative work with Orange City Council in the “Keeping Our Environment Clean” category.
The Orange City Council Waste Diversion Education Strategy 2016-2021 was recognised for its holistic and long-term approach to maximising waste diversion and supporting sustainable waste and resource behaviours through education and engagement. The Strategy aims to assist the Orange LGA to meet or exceed several of the targets set in the NSW EPA’s Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Strategy 2014-21, including increasing the waste diverted from landfill to 75%.
The awards night was held at Sydney Town Hall on November 7th 2018 and was attended by EnviroCom’s Regional Manager, Donald Munro and Orange-based consultant Chris Dart, alongside Wayne Davis from Orange City Council. The Strategy was initially developed by EnviroCom General Manager Paula Harrison and overseen by Rachel McIntyre. While the team were not the overall winners of the Premier’s Awards on the night, the nomination was acknowledgement of the team’s strategic approach to achieving long term waste diversion in the Orange City Council region.
Hawkesbury Show Public Place Recycling Program 23/4/2016
- Hawkesbury City Council
EnviroCom Australia, in conjunction with the Hawkesbury District Agriculture Association and Hawkesbury City Council, designed and delivered a public place recycling program for the 2016 Hawkesbury Show, one of the largest rural shows in NSW.
The program was developed to improve waste outcomes at the show, with a particular focus on reducing recycling contamination rates. Prior to the event, EnviroCom liaised with vendors and show organisers to provide strategic recommendations on waste management logistics for show. During the event, a range of initiatives were implemented to better understand public waste disposal behaviours at the show and to educate visitors on best waste disposal practices. ‘Recycling Rovers’ conducted visual bin audits to determine common contaminants and contamination ‘hot spots’. The Rovers engaged with visitors to the Show, assisting them to use the correct bins and providing instant win prizes for patron seen to be recycling right. . Other public education activities such as recycling trivia were conducted at the Council tent.
The program provided Council with valuable data into patron and vendor behaviours and recommendations to further improve waste management practices at future events through improved logistical planning and further public engagement strategies.
Porchetta Day Festival 15/1/2016
- Gunnedah Shire Council
Gunnedah’s ‘Porchetta Day Festival’ is a busy community event with a focus on local food, produce and all things Italian.
2015 was the Festival’s seventh year and so was the perfect candidate for introducing Public Place Recycling – to increase resource recovery on the day. In partnership with Council, EnviroCom advised with regards to education material, bin positioning on the day, flyers and signage – all with a focus on reducing the amount of waste generated for disposal at landfill and maximising the use of onsite recycling bins.
Throughout the event EnviroCom hosted a recycling education stall on behalf of Council – handing out educational flyers and prizes to individuals who were spotted doing the right thing and recycling correctly. Resident surveys were also completed at the stall, with the community supportive of Public Place Recycling at events. A visual inspection of recycling and waste bins was also conducted on the day, to assess the contamination found within the recycling stream and estimate the quantity of resource loss in the waste stream. Overall the implementation of the program was a success with visual audits showing low levels of contamination in the recycling bins as well as minimum resource loss found within the residual waste bins.
Nambour Show Public Place Recycling Audit
- Sunshine Coast Council
In June 2015, EnviroCom undertook a Public Place Recycling Audit of material received at the 2015 Nambour Show. The purpose of this audit was to determine whether recycling receptacles provided at the Show were being used appropriately.
Understanding the recycling behaviour of attendees will assist event mangers to plan for future waste management procedures at this and other events. This assessment was also able to identify what types of contaminant materials were presented. These materials can then be incorporated into vendor agreements to minimise the use of non-recyclable food packaging.
Waste management of events on all scales is crucial to ensuring sustainable environmental outcomes. EnviroCom has the expertise to deliver tailored waste management advice to ensure your event can achieve these outcomes through by minimising recycling contamination and maximising resource recovery.
Cleaning Up at Christmas Carols!
- Bayside City Council
EnviroCom and Bayside City Council increased the Christmas cheer this year by assisting to the annual Bayside Christmas Carols a Waste Wise event! Following Sustainability Victoria’s Waste Wise Program guidelines, EnviroCom applied litter and waste prevention strategies both during the planning process and through on-the-ground services during the event. A report was then provided to Council outlining the key waste outcomes for the event and potential for improvement in future events.
Council’s aim for the 2013 Carols was to minimise litter in the park and maximise recycling on the night. EnviroCom provided strategic guidance around bin placement, signage and messaging ahead of the event and also engaged with food vendors in the lead up and on the evening. A positive outcome was recorded, with the vast majority of vendors supplying only the requested recyclable drink and food containers.
An EnviroCom representative was then in attendance during the event, inspecting bins in relation to fullness and resource loss / contamination rates; we also provided and managed an on-site litter crew. Litter at the event was minimal and contamination rates were consistently low across the majority of recycling bins; a marked improvement on previous years events.
Additional Waste Wise initiatives included events announcements and big screen reminders regarding correct waste disposal being made throughout the evening. The event program and the Carols song book were also provided in a digital format, undeniably reducing waste creation from the event.
Waste Audit at Metropolitan Melbourne Train Stations
In January 2013, Metro Trains Melbourne (Metro Trains) began an educational Waste & Recycling poster campaign at selected metropolitan Melbourne train stations. EnviroCom was appointed to conduct audits to evaluate the effectiveness of the campaign and to inform future actions.
EnviroCom conducted a pre-education audit in October 2012 to establish a baseline. The post-education audit was conducted in April 2013, three months after the implementation of the educational poster campaign.
The audits involved a site assessment (station cleanliness, condition of bin infrastructure, number and location of bins), visual litter count and bin inspections (% fullness, % contamination and % resource loss), as well as collection and segregation of recycling and garbage bin contents according to the Australian Waste Database (AWD) categories.
From pre- to post-education, there was found to be an increase in the mass of recyclables being presented to the comingled recycling stream and a decrease in the mass of contamination of the recycling stream – both encouraging results! The educational poster campaign has had some success in improving the quality of the recyclables collected from metropolitan Melbourne train stations.
Guidelines for Public Place Recycling (PPR) in Shopping Precincts and Public Places
- Australian Packaging Covenant (APC)
Following the success of the ‘Closing the Loop on the Mordialloc Shopping Strip’ project, the Australian Packaging Covenant further commissioned EnviroCom to produce comprehensive Guidelines for Public Place Recycling (PPR) in Shopping Precincts and Public Places.
The guidelines assist local government in introducing PPR systems, with detailed instructions under four easy steps:
Step 1. Review the current system
(e.g. Establish the project area; Review the waste collection contract)
Step 2. Design a new system
(e.g. Set up a project plan; Set targets and objectives; Bin design)
Step 3. Implement the new system
(e.g. Set up a communications plan; Promote the new infrastructure)
Step 4. Monitor and maintain the new system
(e.g. Review the new system; Maintenance and reporting)
Each step has its own ‘checklist’ to guide the user through a PPR implementation project, and there are helpful examples of project plans and maps, risk matrix, effective bin signage, communications plan, media releases, posters and evaluation surveys.
The Guidelines are available for download from the APC website: www.packagingcovenant.org.au/projects.php/17/closing-the-loop-on-mordialloc-shopping-strip
Clean Up Australia Day 2013 and EnviroCom – A Proud Partnership
For the past 8 years EnviroCom has proudly coordinated Clean Up Australia Day events for the Sunshine Coast Council. This has included:
• Networking with community groups,
• Schools and businesses to raise awareness of the event,
• Coordinating media and promotion of the registered sites,
• Coordinating various waste collection contractors to provide waste collection for the event and
• Collating data for Council at the conclusion of the event.
EnviroCom has assisted Council to utilise the event to not only raise awareness of illegal dumping and resource loss, but to also instil pride in the community to protect their local environment. In 2010, the Sunshine Coast Council won the Clean Up Australia Day Local Council Award and in 2012 Caloundra won the Keep Australia Beautiful Australia’s Tidiest Town Award.
Implementing a Public Place Recycling (PPR) System at Mordialloc (“Closing the Loop on the Mordialloc Shopping Strip”)
- Australian Packaging Covenant (APC) & Kingston City Council
EnviroCom implemented the Project in three stages:
Pre audit of the 19 garbage bins along the Mordialloc shopping strip, followed by installation of the new infrastructure.
Audit phase – Composition audit of the materials being presented to the PPR bins (11 pairs recycling and garbage bins in cages).
Education phase – ‘Community & Trader Education Day’, held on a weekend to engage with shoppers and retailers.
Sustainable behaviour change principles were implemented in the communication and education to reinforce the recycling away-from-home message. Articles were published in the local newspaper, and furthermore, social media (Facebook and Twitter) was utilised to engage Mordialloc shoppers and local residents. Promotional recycling posters were also provided to retailers who committed to spreading the recycling message to customers.
Final report is available on the APC website . It includes, a Toolkit with an easy “how-to” guide for similar projects in shopping strips. The Toolkit includes a ‘PPR project checklist’ and examples of media releases, posters and education day surveys.
EnviroCom received positive feedback from the Australian Packaging Covenant “The final report for “Closing the Loop on Mordialloc Shopping Strip” […] is an excellent report and will serve as a practical guide for other Councils that wish to improve their PPR.”
Public Place Recycling Composition Audit
EnviroCom undertook an assessment of the composition of the Public Place Recycling (PPR) stream generated through identified waste diversion points in public areas on the Sunshine Coast. The audit determined (by mass) the composition of materials to Australian Waste Database Categories and reported the composition, generation rate, contamination rate and other observed factors that influenced the effectiveness of the public area resource recovery program.
The audit report provided location maps for all bins collected and examined differences in data between locations, regions and the local environment (street bin versus park bin).