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|Issue 1 2008-2009|
Waste Wise Workshops
How much paper
Project Paperless is a call to action for Australians to take up the challenge of reducing our paper usage at home and in the office.
Choosing Recycled Paper Guide
There are many misconceptions about using recycled paper, when in fact most recycled papers now days are guaranteed to perform equally as well as virgin paper. The Commissioner for Environmental Sustainability in Victoria have created a guide to assist choosing the most appropriate recycled paper for your needs. Remember its even better if you reduce the amount of paper you use by defaulting to double sided print and reviewing template margins and font sizes. Click here to view the guide
Leading the Way - Members in Action
Typically when working with organisations to achieve Waste Wise efforts are focused on planning to ensure that all resources no longer required by the organisation are disposed of responsibly. In recent times it has been encouraging to see organisations actively going one step further by communicating with Service contractors to learn about what happens to the waste & recycling collected and also educating and extending the offer to employees in the workplace. These are examples of positive corporate social responsibility and are actions which demonstrate continuous improvement.
Harwood Andrews Lawyers actively extend their environmentally responsible actions beyond the workplace. Earlier this year when WWGN coordinated a Clean Up Australia Business Day, Harwood Andrews were one of the first to volunteer and participate, and work they did! At our business breakfast in February this year Harwood Andrews were one of the first organisations to commit to recycling Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) when the facility became available in Geelong. Going one step further they extended the offer to staff who are now able to bring polystyrene from home for recycling. As EPS recycling is not yet available to residents this is a simple and excellent example of encouraging positive behaviours beyond the workplace. For more information on recycling Expanded Polystyrene Phone GDP Industries
Congratulations Sweeney Todd!
Waste Wise certified Sweeney Todd Medical Waste was awarded the Sustainable Business Award at this year's Geelong Advertiser Business Excellence Awards. Sweeney Todd has been Waste Wise since November 2006 and are a great example of continuous improvement in all aspects of business. Director, Dr Hugh Parsons was concerned that the waste generated by his dental practice was being disposed at the local landfill site, as this was the only option at the time. These environmental concerns were the basis of the Sweeney Todd Medical Waste's inception in the industry, and are the backbone of the commitment to lead the way in environmentally friendly waste disposal.
Sweeney Todd have a mission and goal to strive towards zero waste to landfill. They are already well on the way by using innovative technology, but are continually searching for alternate methods to landfill. Dr Parsons states "Our reduction in waste volume already minimises our impact and by shredding, steam injection and compacting, we are leading the way. With this process no harmful dioxins are released which results in lower pollution to the earths air.This is only the start of a new era for medical waste management. The future is in everyone’s hands."
Sweeney Todd also won the Victorian Small Business of the Year Award at the 54th annual Victorian Training Awards.
Congratulations Third Ecology!
Third Ecology Architects won the National HIA Greensmart Concept Design of the Year Award for a project currently being built in Barwon Heads and were also a finalist in the Built Environment Category for the 2008 Banksia Environmental Awards.
The submission Queens Park Residence demonstrates that buildings can be created with very low life cycle impacts, whilst also achieving very low on-going operating impacts as they relate to energy, water, waste water and materials. Further, taking account that the project exists on a very difficult site, the resource conservation credentials of the project can be seen as even more impressive.
Third Ecology architects were first certified Waste Wise in May 2005 and they certainly practice what they preach when it comes to Waste Wise and actively encourage their clients and suppliers to follow suit. Great work!
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