Jo Smith, EnviroCom’s Environmental Consultant, featured in the latest edition of Inside Waste.
Jo Smith is a passionate and committed Environmental Consultant working from EnviroCom’s office in Orange. Jo coordinates multiple Council education contracts in regional NSW and was selected by Inside Waste to feature in an article showcasing Young Professionals within the waste industry.
Jo says one of the most challenging aspects of her role is influencing community waste generation and disposal behaviours. To counteract the impacts of COVID-19, Jo and the rest of the EnviroCom team have developed innovative solutions to continue to achieve Councils’ waste education targets. Community engagement initiatives such as online webinars, social media campaigns and video resources are delivering positive outcomes for many of EnviroCom’s clients. With the expertise and passion of environmental consultants such as Jo, EnviroCom continues to deliver effective, strategic and innovative waste education programs for clients across the waste sector.
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For the first time since COVID-19, community members will have the chance to see waste facilities up close and personal.
EnviroCom will deliver a facility tour of the Ophir and Euchareena Road Resource Recovery Centre on September 30, 2020. The Central Western Daily interviewed Environmental Consultant Jo Smith, about the tour, and the COVID-19 precautions in place. “It will be a good experience for people who would like to know how Orange deals with our recycling, general and organic waste”, says Jo, adding, “We have a COVID safe plan in place and are following the regulations and recommendations set by Orange City Council and the NSW health department”. Similar events held in the Orange City Council area in the past have been well received, and EnviroCom are excited to commence facility tours with the community again. Tour bookings can be organised here. Places are strictly limited.
Photo by: Jude Keogh – Central Western Daily
Starting as an office junior for J. J. Richards & Sons Sydney in 2000, Alison then transferred to Brisbane to join the EnviroCom team in 2002. Over the years, Alison’s administration role with EnviroCom has evolved into an important, efficient and productive position and Alison works closely with the management team and other EnviroCom staff. Whilst studying and learning from her work colleagues along the way, Alison is now the National Administration Manager for EnviroCom Australia.
Alison has always gone above and beyond in her role with EnviroCom and is a much valued and well respected member of the team. We congratulate and thank Alison for achieving 20 years with EnviroCom and look forward to the years ahead.
EnviroCom has ranked in Inside Waste’s annual Consultants Review in the ‘Education, training, community consultation’ and ‘Waste auditing’ categories.
Each year, Inside Waste conducts the Consultants Review, a survey with its members to rank consulting firms within the waste industry. EnviroCom ranked third in Australia for both the ‘Education, training, community consultation’ and ‘Waste auditing’ categories, demonstrating EnviroCom’s commitment to delivering high quality outcomes to our clients. You can find more information on the services EnviroCom delivers here.
Winners of the 2020 Queensland Reconciliation Awards Partnership Category.
Sunshine Coast Council’s 2019 Kids in Action program has been recognised for the role it played in building deeper connections between the Jinibara and Kabi Kabi/Gubbi Gubbi First Nations people and the region’s children, by winning the Queensland Reconciliation Award partnership. 2019 was the International Year of Indigenous Languages, which encouraged the program to deepen the connections with the Sunshine Coast First Nations communities.
Local Traditional Custodians guided students as they learnt about their iconic species and began their journey towards becoming passionate custodians of Country. In total, 257 students, 24 schools, 145 teachers/adults, 19 First Nations mentors, 7 youth leaders and 23 volunteers attended five events throughout the year.
EnviroCom has been involved in the Kids In Action Program for many years and has coordinated the program for the 3 years (2017-2019) for Sunshine Coast Council . EnviroCom would like to congratulate the Sunshine Coast Council, the Jinibara and Kabi Kabi/Gubbi Gubbi First Nations people, the students and teachers and all the amazing volunteers and community groups who joined together to create this very special program. Thank you for your passion, your energy and your incredible support. The Sunshine Coast Council Kids in Action program truly is an award winning partnership.
For highlights of the final event – KIA conference – please view https://youtu.be/wkpw7ar8Ljc
EnviroCom has conducted the first of the 2020 biannual waste characterisation assessments for Mackay Regional Council.
In February 2020, a team of environmental consultants travelled to Mackay for a week-long comprehensive assessment of the region’s waste. This assessment has been conducted by EnviroCom for the last nine years, allowing for an analysis of the region’s current waste composition results and comparison with historical data.. The data is used by Mackay Regional Council to assess trends and make informed decisions on changes and improvements to waste management services. This gives Council the opportunity to work towards setting realistic waste related targets and goals whilst continuing to address the evolving waste management needs and expectations of the local community. EnviroCom will be returning to Mackay later in the year to undertake further waste characterisation assessments.
EnviroCom waste auditors gear up to complete a waste characterisation assessment for Brisbane City Council.
EnviroCom completes this historical assessment every February and March on behalf of Brisbane City Council. Samples from four different waste streams are segregated by hand over a six week period to determine the overall composition of each waste stream. This provides a comprehensive snapshot of the waste produced within the Brisbane City Council area and highlights opportunities for change, improvement and innovation in relation to service delivery, service options and community engagement and education.
A recent community composting and worm farming workshop in Beenleigh is helping residents divert waste from landfill through organics recycling.
As part of Logan City Council’s ‘Watch Out Waste’ Education Program, EnviroCom recently held a community composting and worm farming workshop at a new community garden in Beenleigh. During the two hour workshop, attendees were provided with the information required to set up, maintain, and troubleshoot compost and worm farm systems. Participants were also introduced to the idea of waste minimisation, and the problems associated with sending organic waste materials to landfill. These community workshops are held throughout the year, and are always well-received by the community.
To help reach ambitious waste minimisation targets, the Port of Brisbane has engaged EnviroCom to conduct professional waste audits and staff training.
As part of their ‘Target Zero’ strategy, the Port of Brisbane intends to send zero waste to landfill by 2030.
To help them achieve this goal, EnviroCom conducted a professional waste audit at three main sites in August to identify waste composition and provide insights into how each site could reduce their waste to landfill. EnviroCom delivered presentations to staff in all departments at each of the sites to help employees better understand their waste, and learn how their specific site can better manage their waste.
2019 is once again proving to be a busy year for EnviroCom as our experienced consultants are called upon to share their expertise and showcase a range of innovative projects at conferences across the country.
In April, EnviroCom was invited by the Melbourne Waste and Resource Recovery Group (MWRRG) to present at their toolbox workshop on, ‘How to develop and deliver your FOGO Community Behaviour Change program’, which was attended by more than 80 representatives from local Councils.
In May, EnviroCom attended the Waste 2019 Conference at Coffs Harbour and presented a paper entitled Waste Education- Time for a Rethink that acknowledged that while education is undoubtedly a powerful tool for community engagement and community change also questioned whether there is a need to reconsider the approach to waste education in light of recent events within the industry.
In May, EnviroCom also attended the inaugural Cleantech Conference on the Sunshine Coast and delivered a presentation that demonstrated how strategic, timely and targeted education can have a positive influence on community behaviour change, regardless of the industry sector.
In October, EnviroCom will attend the WMRR 2019 WasteQ Regional Waste Management Conference in Toowoomba and will present on a range of projects including: a Beach Litter Project that showcases the powerful role of community engagement in effective litter management and litter source reduction; Let’s Go FOGO- a project that considers how understanding and addressing behaviour change drivers can have a positive impact on diversion rates of food materials into FOGO; and, how targeted bin inspection and educational intervention programs are having a noticeable impact on driving positive waste diversion behaviours at the household level.
In October, EnviroCom will also be attending the Victorian Waste Education Conference in Geelong to present on the processes, challenges and outcomes of developing a FOGO Behaviour Change Implementation Plan and Business Case on behalf of three regional Victorian Councils as well as showcasing the successful ACT Green Waste Service as an example of how targeted and strategic community education and engagement has resulted in high rates of community participation, negligible contamination and high customer satisfaction.
And, not forgetting, that back in February EnviroCom was voted number 1 outright for ‘Education, Training and Community’ in the Inside Waste Consultants survey as voted by our clients and customers.