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Packaging, Compacted, Plastic, Acrylic

Any Shape Plastics produces banners, signs, make-up stands, and other plastic products. The waste generated from this activity includes between 4m3 (200-300 kg) and 8m3 (400-600 kg) of Perspex/acrylic per fortnight. This is sent to suppliers in China for recycling and reuse in other products. The company is also in negotiations with their suppliers to have stocks of Perspex/acrylic supplied with non-adhesive protective masking that can be recycled with other paper. This would save an estimated 3 tonnes of landill, 1.2 tonnnes of CO2 and more than $300 disposal costs per year. ASP’s company policy emphasises reducing materials and reusing as much as possible. Waste minimisation takes place through procurement policies, strict adherence to job specifications and good housekeeping. Policies and targets are communicated at weekly staff meetings. Close attention is paid to turnover and demand, to ensure stock is suitable, based on regular client needs. Clients whose needs cannot be met within this stock are referred to other providers. ASP also works with both clients and suppliers to minimise the potential for waste to be generated. Proactive negotiation with clients about the purpose served by the job has resulted in savings in materials and costs to clients.

Julian Fyfe about Any Shape Plastics

Metal, Aluminium, Loose, Scrap/off-cuts

Any Shape Plastics produces banners, signs, make-up stands, and other plastic products. ASP recycles aluminium scrap with local scrap metal merchants who come and collect even small loads. ASP has recently increased their scope for waste recovery with the expansion of its premises, which allows it to hold waste materials for up to 6-8 weeks. The additional storage space also allows them to hold onto old aluminium sign frames for future reuse.

Julian Fyfe about Any Shape Plastics

Food, Mixed (including leftovers)

Baptist Community Services (BCS) Catering Solutions operates a commercial kitchen that prepares bulk and individual meals for distribution to BCS aged and community care facilities across NSW. 7000 meals per day are prepared on premises in Granville and quick chilled for consumption 48 hours later. A waste audit undertaken in early 2010 revealed the business produces around 158 kg of food waste per day. Maintaining suitable levels of cleanliness in line with health regulations is critical to BSC Catering Solutions operations, particularly as the meals are being prepared for groups who are considered to be more vulnerable than the general population. This places additional constraints on the storage and collection of food waste on site. Waste recovery options are, however, being explored with negotiations underway to divert the food organic waste currently going to landfill to a local renewable energy generator or a composting service. It has been estimated this initiative would divert 57 tonnes of food waste each year, saving around $4000, 25,000 litres of water and 14 tonnes of CO2e. BCS is also improving information about appropriate portion sizes to eliminate waste of food. The BCS parent organisation has initiated a sustainability strategy for all of their business activities. This strategy has been driven by the current CEO and outlines a program of activities for the period 2009 to 2012. The strategy targets resources, supply chain, people and buildings, with the objective of bringing all facilities, as much as possible, into alignment with the sustainability criteria that is being applied to new facilities. The strategy aims to reduce resource use across all facilities by 2 percent every year, to 2020, on a baseline of 2008/09. In the case of BCS Catering, the focus is on procurement and training procurement staff in material selection to reduce the amount of non-recyclable packaging. This also involves engaging with suppliers to take packaging back.

Julian Fyfe about BCS Catering Solutions

Cardboard, Loose, Boxes, Flattened

Baptist Community Services (BCS) Catering Solutions operates a commercial kitchen that prepares bulk and individual meals for distribution to BCS aged and community care facilities across NSW. 7000 meals per day are prepared on premises in Granville and quick chilled for consumption 48 hours later. A waste audit undertaken in early 2010 revealed the business produces around 130 kg of cardboard boxes or 6 to 8 bales per day. These are segregated from general waste for recycling, resulting in the diversion of 1 tonne of cardboard from landfill and saving around $100, 24,000 litres and 0.4 tonnes CO2 each year.

Julian Fyfe about BCS Catering Solutions

Food, Bread, Other raw ingredients (e.g. flour)

AB Mauri Yeast Australia is a food manufacturer of yeast products for industrial baking and retail products such as bread mixes for household breadmakers. Wastes from the factory include effluent, waste yeast product, filters for production machinery and baked goods from the in-house test bakery. Current management of organic waste includes the following. 2.5 tonnes of compressed yeast bricks produced each week and sent to local renewable energy generator EarthPower, which generates electricity from the methane produced from bio-digestion of food wastes. This initiative diverts 130 tonnes of waste from landfill, results in savings of $9000 per year, reduces water consumption by 57,000 litres and saves 33 tonnes of CO2 every year. 100 kg of potato starch filters produced each day are also sent to EarthPower, diverting 37 tonnes of waste from landfill, saving $2500, 16,000 litres of water and 9 tonnes of CO2 each year. The company is also considering waste exchange with farmers on the NSW South Coast – 30-40,000 litres of molasses co-product produced each week is to be used as a feed supplement, avoiding 2900 tonnes of waste going to landfill and saving $30,000, 1,300 kilolitres of water and 700 tonnes of CO2 each year. The approach to reducing impact has also been to improve separation of wastes so that more can be diverted from landfill. This is also seen as a reputation enhancing initiative, as they are aware of an increasing interest in their client base, many of whom are seeking to secure their own reputation in areas of sustainability and corporate responsibility.

Julian Fyfe about AB Mauri Yeast Australia Pty Ltd

Pallets, Wood, Durable

AB Mauri Yeast Australia is a food manufacturer of yeast products for industrial baking and retail products such as bread mixes for household breadmakers. Wastes from the factory include effluent, waste yeast product, filters for production machinery and baked goods from the in-house test bakery. Additional waste arises from packaging, including plastic films, metal strapping, pallets and boxes. Office paper, food and packaging waste are also generated in the course of general office activity. AB Mauri works with suppliers to reduce waste coming to the business. An example of this is contractual limits on the type of pallets on which production inputs are delivered. Few, if any, 'disposable' wooden pallets are used in deliveries to the facility. The company instead opts for durable wooden pallets which, once they have been unloaded, are sent to a neighbouring businesses for reuse as part of an ongoing resource exchange relationship. This initiative results in 11 tonnes of waste being diverted from landfill, saving $800 per year and 6 tonnes of CO2. AB Mauri has been very proactive in seeking out ways to reduce waste coming into and going out of their production. In many cases this has resulted in a position that can now only be improved by significant investments in expensive new equipment within their own facilities, or in infrastructure that will assist them to pool resources with other businesses to make better use of existing waste materials.

Julian Fyfe about AB Mauri Yeast Australia Pty Ltd

Drums & containers, 1000-L plastic tank (caged)

AB Mauri Yeast Australia is a food manufacturer of yeast products for industrial baking and retail products such as bread mixes for household breadmakers. Wastes from the factory include effluent, waste yeast product, filters for production machinery and baked goods from the in-house test bakery. AB Mauri has been very proactive in seeking out ways to reduce waste coming into and going out of their production. The company recently identified the potential for 1000-L industrial bulk containers to be collected and reused or recycled. Recently a number of drums were given to a local business to reuse in a direct waste exchange. Reusing and recycling results in the diversion of 5 tonnes of waste to landfill each year, save the company around $500, in addition to water savings of 6,500 litres and 10.5 tonnes of CO2.

Julian Fyfe about AB Mauri Yeast Australia Pty Ltd

Industrial & manufacturing, Other (describe in "specifics")

Bluglass is a manufacturer of machinery used in LED and solar cell research. The business consciously aims to deliver more energy efficient processes for the production of low energy lighting, and its small workforce is committed to minimising waste and making efficient use of resources. The company’s manufacturing process produces clean water as a waste by-product. The water is unsuitable for use in its chemical process so is collected in a 1000-L palletised container. The 1000 L generated each fortnight is currently reused on the premises in cleaning and watering plants. Remaining water is used to dilute concentrated chemical wastewater containing acids, bases and solvents, that is stored for later collection and treatment by a waste management company.

Julian Fyfe about Bluglass Ltd

Mixed, Scrap/off-cuts

Bluglass is a manufacturer of machinery used in LED and solar cell research. The business consciously aims to deliver more energy efficient processes for the production of low energy lighting, and its small workforce is committed to minimising waste and making efficient use of resources. The company’s manufacturing process produces metal scrap that is unsuitable for reuse, including 50 kg of mild steel and 200-300 kg of non-ferrous (Al, Cu, SS, brass) metal swarf. This is sold as scrap on a daily buying rate, mild steel being the exception for which there is no daily price. Stainless steel scrap is stockpiled and sold once a year to scrap metal merchants.

Julian Fyfe about Bluglass Ltd

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