Project objective

To provide a new best practice standard and toolset to assist commercial asset owners in the contracting and management of commercial and industrial operational waste,  in order to improve the quality and flow of information and support decision making.

Project background

NSW has a target to increase commercial waste recycling from 57% (baseline 2010-11) to 70% by 2021-22. Without action to raise the bar on operational waste management and data consistency, it will be hard to evidence this, let alone meet the target.  Waste reporting is in need of improved consistency and transparency.

Key resources

The Better Building Partnership is committed to continuous improvement in the management of waste generated by commercial building operations. Unlike energy, emissions and water, waste management has not seen a rigorous method of audit and accountability. With continued investor queries on sustainable resource management, the work of the partnership establishes consistent approaches to waste management for building owners and portfolios.

In collaboration with industry, the partnership has developed guidelines for operational waste: Procurement, management and reporting .  These guidelines create a new best practice standard for the procurement and management of waste contractor services for operational waste and include a number of tools to create, procure and implement consistent waste management systems.

This flagship piece of work, whilst developed for commercial buildings, is applicable to many sectors and property types as it is focussed on “loading dock to facility” management processes.

The partnership’s work in operational waste is industry-driven and developed in broad consultation with the waste contracting sector, facilities, industry bodies, cleaning companies and owners/managers. The easy-to-use templates, tools and resources are designed work in partnership with the relevant industry rating tools to help improve practice.