Sunshine Coast Council Office and Depot Reassessment Waste Audit
- Sunshine Coast Council
In April 2016, EnviroCom undertook a waste audit of the Sunshine Coast Council’s Offices and Depots. The purpose of this audit was to reassess the waste management at selected Council facilities and track changes from 2015 baseline data. The reassessment focused on the rates of waste generation and the waste stream composition from these sites to assist in providing comparative data to assess progress within the Council’s Internal Waste Reduction Action Plan (iWRAP) and the planning for environmental improvements and other sustainability outcomes.
In conjunction with the reassessment ‘back of house’ waste audit, an internal ‘walk through’ waste audit was also undertaken at one of Council’s Administration Precincts.
The internal waste audit provided information on:
- the amount and types of waste generation that occurs on each floor
- if the current infrastructure was adequate according to the number of staff located in the area.
- identified barriers and limitations to improve resource recovery diversion
- identified opportunities to minimise recycling contamination and maximising resource recovery.
Ongoing monitoring and assessment of three key elements of effective waste management – behaviour and knowledge, infrastructure and services, and policies and procedures is imperative to ensuring sustainable outcomes.
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.
Holding an event? Want to avoid garbage, maximise recycling and reduce litter?
EnviroCom recently produced a tailored Waste Management Plan (WMP) for a Melbourne Metropolitan Council outdoor event. Although experienced in developing WMPs for schools, offices and property developments, taking this knowledge into the event arena was a new challenge.
To ensure the best possible outcomes, the WMP drew from years of practical experience at similar events (where EnviroCom regularly provides bin monitoring, vendor audits and public engagement and education); as well as researching best practice in Victoria and interstate.
The WMP covered a number of key areas to assist in addressing Council’s waste goals for the event – which were:
– Minimise waste left behind
– Maximise recycling / minimum contamination
– Minimise littering
The WMP covered strategic waste management planning, including contractor and stallholder engagement, bin placement, messaging and signage. The plan encompassed the three stages of the event cycle, with EnviroCom assisting Council at all stages of the event from initial planning and preparation, through vendor engagement, during the event and immediately after. All outcomes of the plan were reported to Council including potential improvements for future events.
EnviroCom can review your upcoming Council event and deliver a tailored WMP to suit the specific event and waste minimisation goals.
EnviroCom goes Festival Happy in Melbourne
Clients: Various Melbourne Councils
As 2014 draws to a close we reflect on EnviroCom’s festival participation in Melbourne. In partnership with a number of Metropolitan Melbourne Councils, we have been the face of Council at numerous community events, including:
- Fawkner Festival
- Maroondah Festival and Maroondah Children’s Week Festival
- Dandenong Show
- Spring into Gardening Festival
- Prahran Market
- Bayside Christmas Carols
- ‘Fixit!’ And ‘Plarn’ upcycling workshops
Each event requires ongoing support from EnviroCom at all stages e.g. planning/preparation, set-up, attendance, public engagement, waste management and reporting. As each event differs in nature and is run by different councils, the type and level of engagement also differs. This year, our engagement with residents and community involved education about hard waste; household waste and recycling practices; composting; upcycling and waste minimisation. Many events had interactive activities for children and adults alike – ‘Race to Recycling’; children’s art stations; ‘Which Bin Does It Go In’; ‘Hard Waste Tetris’ and general question and answer sessions.
EnviroCom staffing at community events and festivals allows the opportunity for wider interaction with residents of all ages, demographics and knowledge levels. They are also a great space for residents to approach Council with questions about waste, recycling and composting. Festival and Event stalls encourage residents to take information and resources home, with the hope of improved practices following education and reinforcement received at the event.
EnviroCom can assist with effective community engagement and education. We look forward to participating in community festivals, events and workshops across Melbourne again in 2015!
Quantify Your Waste Generation
- Gold Coast City Council
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
- Gold Coast City Council
• 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
- Stanwell Corporation – Stanwell Power Station
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.
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.