Hornsby NSW may be more than a stone’s throw from the Sydney CBD, no matter when it comes to keeping Hornsby beautiful. A set of principles are being put in place to achieve our goals constituting the Waste Management Services Hornsby 8-step plan to outline the right measures to ensure appropriate handling, storage and disposal of common and uncommon generated wastes. That is, types of waste that can be divided into typical and atypical waste streams.
1: TYPICAL WASTES- Typical wastes are generated on a regular basis, these include office paper, packaging, shrink wrapping, stationary and kitchen wastes. These wastes are non-liquid and can be classified as inert or solid.
2: ATYPICAL WASTES- Atypical wastes are generated on an irregular/accidental basis, usually following damage to chemical product/packaging; although empty drums and Intermediate Bulk Containers sent for cleaning may be considered in this section. All non-liquid wastes are classified by the following categories in ascending order; inert, solid, industrial or hazardous waste. Liquid waste from the storm water retention system on site requiring disposal shall be treated as Group A waste. Whilst it is possible to predict the types of typical wastes that may be generated, quantities of atypical wastes cannot be predicted due to the irregular nature of their generation.
3: WASTE STORAGE- Typical wastes are stored in general refuse office bins and regularly moved by warehouse personnel into bins provided by our council waste transport company. These bins are emptied into waste transport vehicles weekly and taken to a solid landfill. Empty packaging requiring cleaning, damaged packaging, and damaged product requiring disposal will be stored within a designated area of a warehouse suitable for the storage of that type of material. No packaging, pallets or damaged product will be stored outside warehouse storage spaces, under future development empty drums may be stored in the roofed area adjacent to the decanting area and tank farm. Chemical product that is spilled during operations is cleaned up immediately, placed into heavy duty plastic bags, labelled, and thrown into wheelie bins designated for that class of product. These bins will also be kept within a designated section of a warehouse specific to that class of product.
4: STANDARDS AND PERFORMANCE MEASURES- In order to achieve its waste avoidance and minimization objectives, Waste Management Services Hornsby encourages its team and affiliates to follow the below hierarchy of waste management principles in all aspects of operation: 1. Reduce/Avoid 2. Re-use 3. Recycle/Reprocess 4. Dispose of accordingly. Following this guideline they have recently developed a system to record waste types, quantities and disposal methods for all waste streams. This record keeping demonstrates a step towards better waste management, as it will allow the establishment of standard/normal waste levels. Records of waste quantities allow for more critical assessment of operational performance in line with the above waste management principles to avoid and minimize waste requiring landfill. Recycling of paper and cardboard is a prime example of our latest commitments.
5: RE-USE, RECYCLE, TREATMENT AND DISPOSAL- In every circumstance Waste Management Services Hornsby will attempt the sale of damaged chemical products at reduced or no cost, in preference to disposing of these to landfill. This is usually possible where damage has not been severe or the product can be down classified to a lower specification, i.e. from food grade to technical grade. There will be no treatment processes undertaken of any damaged chemical product classified as waste, these processes will be carried out by licensed waste facilities, if required.
6: MONITORING THE EFFECTIVENESS OF WASTE MANAGEMENT- As mentioned previously the waste disposal spreadsheet and records will allow the establishment of standard/normal waste levels and trends in waste disposal. Programs and further waste management options, such as recycling or alternate packaging will be researched to continue to meet the waste avoidance objective. Methods for exception reporting for the movement of hazardous, industrial and/or Group A waste will be encouraged, these reporting mechanisms allow for greater review of problems with waste disposal issues and hence assess the effectiveness of all relevant procedure.
7: COMPLIANCE- An important aspect of waste management is compliance; it is the responsibility of the council affiliated rubbish collection and recycling outfits to ensure correct disposal methods is used by all employees. In addition, if deemed required a Problem Record will be raised to record the non-compliance and provide a record of the actions taken to rectify the problem.
8: WASTE MANAGEMENT & DISPOSAL- Waste Management Services Hornsby will handle, store, classify, transport and dispose of any waste materials, which include damaged and unsaleable chemical stock and chemical packaging.