The Better Building Partnership is committed to continuous improvement in operational waste management for commercial building. Unlike energy, emissions and water, waste management does not have a rigorous method of audit and accountability. With continued investor queries on sustainable resource management, the partnership aims to improve the quality and flow of information, support decision making and establish consistency in the approach to building manager waste management processes.

This project looks to help address the NSW 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 resource – Operational Waste Guidelines

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 help 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 focuses 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 to work in partnership with the relevant industry rating tools to help improve overall standards.