Kerbside Pride Businesses

EWHS Gold PresentatinKerbside Pride Businesses is a two year certification process that helps businesses to manage their waste more effectively.

By introducing recycling measures and helping them to identify other ways of reducing waste, businesses will reduce both the amount of waste going to landfill and their expenditure.

The LMWRRG supports businesses through the program with a range of tools:

  • A member of the LMWRRG will visit your business and perform a waste assessment. The assessment of waste streams and costs within your organisation sets a baseline and helps to identify the opportunities and priorities.
  • The LMWRRG will then work with you to develop a Waste Action Plan. This is a working document that provides a record of what you will undertake as part of your commitment to effectively manage and minimise waste and maximise the efficient use of resources.
  • The Group will provide resources and tools, guidance and support as well as performing an annual assessment of the businesses waste management.
  • The Group endeavours to link the business to experts where the topic/query is outside the Project Officers field of knowledge.

 

Case Study

Gordon Brothers Industries – Bendigo

IMG_4320Gordon Brothers Industries is a national company that specialises in industrial refrigeration. The company has an extensive reach and is keen to improve their environmental footprint by reducing their waste impact across the board.

The manufacturing site consists of a manufacturing shed, a lunch room and several office spaces.

Manufacturing manager of the Bendigo facility, Stephen McDougall, made the decision to join the Kerbside Pride Program with the to improve the efficiency of their current waste management practices. They hope to improve collection systems, increase waste diversion and potentially decrease waste disposal costs.

In April 2015 the LMWRRG conducted a waste assessment of the Gordon Brothers manufacturing facility in Bendigo.

Gordon Brothers had two 3m3 skips, one used for general waste and the other used for paper and cardboard. Both of these skips were collected approximately once a month.

Due to the location of the site, council recycling bins were not available.

After an analysis of the waste system a Waste Action Plan was developed by the company and the LMWRRG. The main elements of this plan included:

  • A 140 litre co-mingled recycling bin would be introduced to the site as well as separate waste, recycling and paper bins placed in all office areas.
  • Bin signage was to be improved to clearly label the new bins and show what items could go in each.
  • An education session for staff, including cleaners, was scheduled to introduce the new changes and provide staff with a comprehensive overview of the waste system and the “reduce, reuse and recycle” message of the Kerbside Pride program.

Stephen is determined to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill from the Bendigo site and hopes that, with the Kerbside Pride Waste Action Plan in place, they will be able to achieve their goals. “We want to reduce our input to landfill and in doing so reduce our carbon footprint” said Stephen. “This will not just be in Bendigo though, it will become a part of the company’s Environmental Policy and will be implemented at all sites across the country. It is something that we believe is simple to do, that is also cost effective and benefits the environment.”

With the implementation of the new commingled recycling bin, recyclables are already being diverted from landfill and Stephen hopes to see this increase following the Kerbside Pride education presentation.