Strategic Planning

Waste & Resource Recovery Education Strategy 2020-2024

Envirocom was commissioned to develop a comprehensive 4-year Waste and Resource Recovery Education Strategy (WRRE Strategy) on behalf of Campbelltown City Council, NSW. 

The WRRE Strategy identifies the priorities and actions to be undertaken over the next four years to educate the Campbelltown community as Council moves towards its broad goals of waste minimisation, improved quality of recyclables and organics streams and improved resource recovery from household kerbside bins. Importantly, the Strategy seeks to engage with the Campbelltown community and acknowledge the important role they have to play in achieving these goals.

To assist Council in realising these goals, the WRRE Strategy is guided by an overarching vision statement underpinned by four key themes and associated objectives.

Community engagement that is based on a knowledge and application of behaviour change and Community Based Social Marketing is a key focus of the WRRE Strategy. EnviroCom considered behaviour change principles in the development of targeted, strategic and prioritised action plans for each of the four themes to enable Campbelltown City Council to realise the WRRE Strategy vision and achieve the key objectives over the next four years, 2020-2024.

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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Improving Waste Management at Bronte Park / Beach

Waverley Council (Council) had identified a number of issues relating to current waste management servicing protocol within Bronte Park / Beach, described in the Bronte Park and Beach Plan of Management.

EnviroCom Australia (EnviroCom) was engaged by Council to develop a Waste Management Plan (WMP) and a 5-year Improvement Plan to guide on-the-ground sustainable waste management for the Bronte Park / Beach areas. The development of the two documents was to be informed by a combination of site assessments, consultation and desktop research to inform a robust evidence-based WMP.

The resulting document provided best practice recommendations around three key areas of waste management operation, being: community behaviour / engagement (user behaviours around presentation points); material handling (movement of waste and litter by staff); and onsite storage and waste collection.

The 5-year Improvement Plan mapped out deliverables in the short term (year 0-1), medium (years 2-3) and longer term (years 4-5), stepped out to create a staged approach to upgrading waste management infrastructure and supporting signage.

A third document was provided to Council which collated the research findings relating to behaviour change through carefully considered infrastructure, signage and message; bin configuration, size and type; and litter minimisation measures.

Sunshine Coast Council Office and Depot Reassessment Waste Audit

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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

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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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.