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Galloway Waste Mangement

waste management plan

Waste Management Plan – Example with graphed monthly reporting available
Size - 37,000 SQ
Employees - 700 staff
Location – CBD Sydney, NSW

SECTION 1 – Introduction
This  outlines the Waste Management Plan for the management of waste and recyclables generated at a large Commercial Building with Food court and Café and In House Catering in the CBD of Sydney
This Waste Management plan (WMP) describes the current policies and procedures for managing waste for this site. It provided goals and targets to ensure ongoing improvements in all aspects of waste management including the generation, reduction, handling and storage and disposal of all forms of waste. This WMP is based on Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Policy, legislation and guides.

The Aim of the Waste Management Plan is to :
 Minimise the environmental impact of waste generation and disposal
 Reduce waste handling and disposal volumes / costs
 Provide a standard for segregation
 Protect public health and safety
 Provide a safe work environment

The Objective of this Waste Management Plan is to :
 Monitor performance and review the Waste Management plan at least Bi annually
 Develop concise waste management segregation principles to ensure that the appropriate final disposal method for each category of waste / recycling occurs
 Fully understand the waste generating ideas of the site and have procedures in place for those specific areas and activities.
 Foster commitment from all staff and senior management to actively participate in waste avoidance, reduction, reuse and recycling programs.
 Use of a healthy waste management program for all staff to increase awareness or Workplace Health and Safety issues, waste minimisation principles.
 Adopt policies and procedures to minimise the environmental impact of waste and disposal. 

All persons including site employees / volunteers / contractors have a general environmental duty to protect the environment through safe and approved waste management practices.
The waste management practices employed reflect the ‘waste management hierarchy’ (Environmental Protection Waste Management Policy), which is a framework for prioritising to achieve the best environmental outcome. This includes:
 Waste avoidance
 Waste re-use
 Waste re-cycling
 Energy recovery from waste
 Waste disposal. 

Performance Measures
The performance measures indicate whether the strategies implemented have been effective in achieving the plan’s aims. These can include –
 Acceptance of a WMP by the EPA
 Development of waste assessment and segregation audit standards
 Reduction in waste volumes generated and / or achievements of greater recovery
 Reduction in reports of incorrectly segregated waste/ and or standards achieved
 Compilation of a register of staff having undertaken orientation and ongoing training courses in waste management, responsibilities and workplace health and safety and HACCP
 Contracts in place, which clearly set out the site responsibilities, the contractor’s responsibilities relating to liability associated with waste collection, storage, transport, treatment and disposal.

SECTION 2 – Waste Generating Areas 
For segregation purposes, the WMP recognise the waste generating areas and has separated these into major areas.
In house catering and cafe
 Administrative corporate and employee areas 

Administrative corporate and employee areas
Bin type and effective placement , is of a major consideration , appropriate signage , and clear communication to the site staff is required to best control waste and recycling, the system has to be easy to use and understand, to reduce litter and improve recycling contamination.

Administrative corporate and employee areas -
Waste Categories

It is most practical that only two waste categories be separated in Administrative corporate and employee areas
 Recyclables all plastic, aluminium , steel, glass milk and juice cartons, paper and (all co-mingled )
 General Waste Food-scraps , food wrapped in packaging ,plastic film wrap

Administrative corporate and employee areas -
 Waste and Recycling bins

Control of waste in the Administrative corporate and employee areas is highly dependant on staff participation and the effective placement of bins, the aesthetics and the ease of cleaning and servicing of these bins needs to be considered as well as the bin size. 

Administrative corporate and employee areas -
Bin Identification and Signage
Bins are clearly marked with labels, colour coding, symbols and words. Signs will be highly visible.

Administrative corporate and employee areas -
The procedures of servicing bins will ensure that all litter is contained and bins will not overflow or contribute to litter. Service schedules are identified and continually assessed, early identification and corrective actions will be noted, as they will form the foundation for future improvements. Contractors / Cleaners are to provide feedback regarding the regularity of service and the volume of waste.

In House catering and cafe
In House catering and cafe area generates a variety of wastes but, is generally easier to control; therefore waste can be separated into a larger number of categories/streams.
Education for catering employees is paramount to achieving effective waste separation. Education should include the requirement to separate waste, identification of the waste for each waste stream, colour coding and signage. 

In House catering and cafe
Waste Categories

 Recyclable’s all plastic, aluminium, steel, glass, milk and juice cartons ( all co-mingled )
 Bulk Cardboard light cardboard and paper, heavy cardboard packaging that is not taken back
 General Waste meat scraps, cling wrap, polystyrene packaging, plastic strapping etc
 Cooking oil separated for collection. Not be disposed into sewer or waste water
 Grease trap liquid waste

In House catering
 Waste Containers and Equipment
Effective bin placement is necessary to ensure that waste is placed in the correct bin. The situation of the bins is important to enable ease of use by catering staff.
Depending on the siting, bins could range from 240LT to steel industrial bins to waste compacters.
Bins are colour coded and appropriately labelled. 

Administrative Corporate and Employee Areas Recycling
Recycling in Administrative and corporate areas add greater value and increased credibility to the organisation. Administrative and corporate areas have strong powers of influence to model best practices and ensure a commitment from all staff to participate in the waste management program.

Administration / Corporate Waste Categories
Waste generated in Administration areas would consist of:
 Paper up to 90 % of the waste stream
 Recyclable as previously identified / Co-mingle
 General minimal food-scraps , pens, pencils etc
 Office consumables toner/ink cartridge etc that may be recyclables
 Florescent tubes and e - waste

The bins should be organised and labelled as is appropriate for corporate space and the operating environment. Some corporate areas do have catering facilities. Waste generated will be similar to the catering facilities of the building. The corporate areas can therefore use waste separation processes developed for the catering areas.

SECTION 3 – Organisational issues
Employers legal responsibilities
This site has a number of legal responsibilities which include:
 Developing and maintaining a safe work environment and safe work practices
 Ensuring the site activities do not breach environmental standards, prescribed in the State and Federal legislation , including the general environmental duty to prevent or minimise environmental harm by taking all reasonable and practicable measures and incorporating HACCP policies and procedures
 Providing staff training and education for the safe handling of waste 

Employee’s Responsibilities
Employees also have responsibilities, which include:
 Complying with safety instructions and using safe work practices for their own protection and for the protection of other staff and the public
 Actively supporting environmental initiatives introduced by the Waste Management Team
 Being aware and complying with the requirements for the handling of chemical substances according to Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS)
 Following a general environmental duty to prevent or minimise environmental harm by taking all reasonable and practicable measures.

Waste Management Team
This site has established a Waste Management Team to implement the WMP. There is representation on the team from key sections to assist in the development and implementation of the plan and monitoring of waste management. This is used as a management tool

Position & Name /  Responsilbility
Secretary : Minute keeping
Catering Manager :  Advise on all food and catering issues
Workplace health and safety officer : Advise on WH&S matters. Liason with WH&S team
Purchasing Officer : Report on product usage / wastage & other supply issues. Liason with product evaluation committee
Engineer / Maintenance : Advise on structural and maintenance issues relating to the storage , treatment and disposal of waste. Monitor water and energy usage
Cleaning Environmental services :   Supervision of yardman and cleaning staff  and maintain daily records of waste generation.
Management : Financial and administrative support
Staff development / Human Resources : Provide orientation training for new staff and arrange in service training for all relevant staff.
Waste Management Adviser : Galloway EWM : Advise on legislative issues and waste management options.

Objectives of the Waste Management Team
Consult with Management on waste handling and storage issues relating to the design and layout of buildings , renovations and extensions
Seek commitment and endorsement from Management to comply with all relevant legislation
Develop spill management strategies for all waste categories.
Oversee waste assessment and the preparation of a comprehensive report of current waste generation sites/ activities , segregation , handling , storage and disposal practices , quantities and costs
Develop WH&S strategies for injury prevention , and reporting , treating and follow-up of injuries associated with waste handling
Implement an ongoing waste management education and training program, which caters for all staff including management – liaise with HR departments to ensure that all staff are kept up to date.
Implement a waste avoidance and minimisation program incorporating the Waste Reduction and Purchasing Policy
Oversee the identification of recycling opportunities and implement a Recycling Program
Promote waste management principles throughout the site (signs, posters, notice boards, etc)
Identify and implement appropriate waste segregation practices
Initiate and oversee the review of waste management plan with input from staff and contractors
Instigate the provision of appropriate and approved waste storage containers
Provide appropriate waste storage areas in consultation with , private waste contractors and the EPA,HACCP requirements
Instigate ongoing audits of waste – Ensure that audit results are relayed to all staff and used as a waste management tool 

Purchasing Policy
Preference shall be given to products and packaging which are:
 Manufactured from recycled raw materials (provided they are cost/performance competitive)
 Manufactured from renewable resources
 Re- useable
 Totally or partially recyclable or with recyclable components , provided however that collection and recycling facilities are available (eg toner cartridges) 

Education and Training
The site in partnership with Galloway has compiled an education package covering the knowledge and application of the core principles for waste management.
The education and training program is tailored to suit the various levels of staff involvement with waste.
Orientation courses for new employees and refresher courses are to be run whenever there is a change in process, and or at least quarterly.

SECTION 4 – Waste Management strategies and Program
Waste Management
This site uses a number of waste management strategies to avoid and minimise waste. The benefit of these strategies can also reduce hazards, costs, conserve resources and protect the environment. 

  • Waste avoidance
  • Reuse energy
  • Waste minimisation
  • Recycling
  • Energy recovery 

Segregation of waste into the appropriate colour coded container will occur as close as possible to the point of generation as per categories. Waste segregation and the use of colour coded containers will enable waste to be handled , treated and disposed of correctly and in accordance with this waste management plan. 

Waste treatment and disposal
This site is responsible for its waste from generation to final disposal. Documentation is kept on the amount of waste disposed, date of disposal, where the waste is disposed, contractors and the transporters used. The treatment and disposal options used reflect, where possible , the waste hierarchy principles.

Waste Audits
Auditing is an essential management tool for measuring the level of compliance 

  • Segregation audit

All waste should be inspected accurately to determine the level of segregation. Other categories of waste and recyclable materials can also be audited.
Where a segregation process is not practised, a baseline survey will determine the volume / weight and types of waste generated. Where there is a documented segregation program in place, and monitoring audits have not been performed for some time: a baseline audit will establish the current segregation status. A monitoring audit, when performed regularly, will provide an up to date assessment of the level of compliance.

SECTION 5 – Waste handling, containment and transport
This site has an adequately trained team responsible for the handling, internal transport, spill management an disposal of all waste categories generated at the facility. 
The Waste Management team review the collection process including manual handling and transportation.
The review included the following areas:

 Transport via least sensitive routes
 Collection processes and frequency
 Handling
 Placement of mobile garbage bins, bags and containers
 Location of waste storage area
 Contractor collection points