Commercial Waste Minimisation

Ophir Road Resource Recovery Centre’s Virtual Tour

OCC Logo without NetWasteThe video also takes a closer look at Orange’s 3-bin kerbside system, as provided to residents by Council.  The footage shows the journey of each waste stream and provides an insight into what happens to waste materials beyond the kerbside.

By using the Council-provided bins and the ORRRC, Orange residents can greatly reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill. Orange City Council is also one of a growing number of Councils that accepts food and garden waste in the green-lidded bin, which is then turned into, Australian standard compost through a state-of-the-art organics composting facility.

The ORRRC Virtual Tour video can be viewed on the Orange City Council website, along with information about upcoming Waste Facility Tours run by EnviroCom Australia, for residents who are interested in attending a free guided tour of Orange’s waste facilities.

An article in the local  Central Western Daily newspaper in February 2020 helped to further promote Orange City Council’s waste education program and waste facility tours.

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Eliminating Business Waste with Nile Street Café

Nile Street Café in Orange, NSW is a fantastic example of how sustained effort and buy-in from the owners and staff can achieve sustainable outcomes. Through a business engagement program developed by EnviroCom on behalf of Orange City Council, Nile Street Café has reviewed its waste management practices and is achieving some great results.

Owner Frank Mohun advises not to become overwhelmed. “We started off by making a couple of really small changes that quickly became habits, and we were able to move onto the next thing. Eventually, this all adds up to make a big difference.”

“We’re always looking for lower waste alternatives in our business, whether that be by changing our practices or using more sustainable products. We have switched to using paper straws and paper packaging for our takeaways.”

The Café participates in the Responsible Cafes program, offering a discount to customers who bring reusable cups, and staff collect eligible containers to refund through the Return & Earn scheme.  The Café negotiated with their suppliers to return packaging for reuse – used milk bottles, ice-cream tubs and vinegar drums are returned to be cleaned and refilled. Boxes from fruit and vegetable deliveries are picked up with the next delivery. This way, valuable resources stay in use for longer.

Utilising the Council-provided Recycling and Food Organic Garden Organic (FOGO) bins effectively is really important.  “As a café, food makes up a significant part of our waste. Not everything can go into our compost bin so using the FOGO bin properly means we send significantly less waste to landfill.”

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Cafe garden growing produce for kitchen, using their own compost.

 

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Oil tin collection for recycling.

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.

Logan City Council Launches Waste Smart Kindy Program

A new program aimed at helping Early Learning Centres reduce their waste has launched in the Logan City Council area. The new Waste Smart Kindy Program is a milestone program, designed to support Early Learning Centres, Childcare Centres and Kindergartens on their journey towards sustainability. The program has taken inspiration from the success of a similar initiative by Brisbane City Council.

Resources, guidance, advice, and training will be provided by EnviroCom’s team of experienced Environmental Educators to engage centres in investigations of on-site waste issues, which will inform the development and design of sustainable, appropriate waste management solutions.

Considering and adopting the principles of behaviour change, this program will empower participating centres to achieve long term results in regards to sustainable waste generation and disposal behaviours.  This approach will result in a reduction in waste generation, encourage centres to avoid and minimise disposal of general waste to landfill, and promote reducing, reusing, and recycling.

This program will provide support to centres to assist them in meeting or exceeding their sustainability accreditation requirements as outlined in the National Quality Standards. The Waste Smart Kindy Program is available to all Early Learning Centres, Childcare Centres and Kindergartens within the Logan region.

If you would like more information on Logan’s Waste Smart Kindy Program, please email our team at: loganwe@envirocom.com.au

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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

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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

Client:
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.