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SUSTAINABLE WASTE MANAGEMENT POLICY

1. PURPOSE


The purpose of this policy is to provide a framework that will advance the sustainable use of resources.


DIRECT GARDENS will demonstrate to the community that the waste management decisions of our employees can enhance environmental quality and be resource responsible. We intend to reduce waste, reuse materials where possible and recycle materials to reduce the volume of waste that is sent to landfill for disposal.


2. DEFINITIONS


Waste minimisation is the reduction of waste materials at source through the careful consideration of the impacts of procurement policies on materials entering the waste stream and the introduction of a waste minimisation programme to encourage emailing, reuse of aggregates, timbers, blocks and brick and all construction and green-waste materials etc….


Reuse is the refurbishment of useable waste products (e.g. aggregates, paving slabs, bricks, timbers, green-waste etc…) either by an internal department or though the provision of the products to a third party refurbisher or charity organisation.


Recycling is the provision of segregated waste materials to a processor or re-processor for remanufacture into new recycled-content goods.


Pre-consumer materials are waste materials from our in house production lines before they are sold to the customers (e.g. process waste)


Post-consumer materials are waste materials which have been re-claimed from the customer or consumer for recycling after the end of their useful life.


Practicable means where it is reasonable to introduce sustainable waste management policies and where the services are available at a reasonable cost.


Sustainable use of resources takes into account external and future costs, including costs to the environment and depletion of resources.


Value for money is the identification and inclusion of all direct and indirect costs associated with a particular product or material. This includes the initial cost of purchase, length of warranty, product efficiency, expected maintenance and repair, and the direct and indirect costs associated with disposal or removal of the product at the end of its useful life.





3. GOALS


Wherever possible, DIRECT GARDENS employees and sub-contractors will pursue the following goals and adhere to the specified principles when disposing of waste materials.


A. Zero Waste


 Purchases shall be only made once it has been determined that the product or service is necessary.

 Purchasers will consider whole life costing including recyclability at end of life

 Where possible purchasers should ensure that the material will be able to be refurbished for reuse at the end of its useful life or be recyclable.

 Disposal decisions shall be made in the context of the waste hierarchy to reduce, reuse and recycle before disposing to landfill.


REDUCE - Using less in the first place and avoiding waste. Examples of this include purchasing in bulk to reduce packaging and costs.


REUSE - Using the same item more than once, and extending the useful life of products and equipment before replacing an    item. Aim to re-use or repair an existing product. Ensure that new purchases are durable, have a long service life and   are easy to maintain and upgrade.


RECYCLE - Establish recycling contacts and agreements for as many waste materials as possible within the organisation.


B. Zero Climate Damage


 Dispose of materials in a way that will not contribute to the climate change damage.


C. Zero Pollution


 Dispose of materials in a way that will not pollute water, land or air at any stage of their life cycle.


4. VALUE FOR MONEY


Waste management decisions will be made on the basis of value for money, rather than just the cheapest up-front service price.


5. OBJECTIVES


DIRECT GARDENS shall


A. Review current waste management practices and contracts and produce a sustainable waste management programme to support the application of this policy within 1 year.


B. Require its employees, contractors and consultants to comply with this policy.


C. Establish a staff education programme for the implementation of this policy.


D. Ensure that staff has access to recycling information to enable participation.


E. Establish a system to monitor and report on the outcomes of this policy.


F. Actively promote buy sustainable waste management to suppliers, the community and other local waste producers.


6. RESPONSIBILITY OF LEAD AGENT


DIRECT GARDENS shall be responsible for coordinating and supporting implementation of this policy.


DIRECT GARDENS shall


A. Establish and co-ordinate and support the effective implementation of this policy.


B. Prepare a timetable for the development and implementation of the sustainable waste management programmes outlined in section 7.


C. Develop and maintain information about the levels of waste minimisation, reuse and recycling achieved and the cost of carrying out the changes.


D. Inform staff and sub-contractors of their responsibilities under this policy and provide staff and sub-contractors with information about the new programmes.


7. BUY RECYCLED PURCHASING PROGRAMMES


DIRECT GARDENS shall establish specific programmes for


A. The reduction of waste through minimisation at source.


B. The reuse of products which can be refurbished.


C. The recycling of pre and post-consumer materials arising at any of the organisation’s sites.


8. CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY


Services should be preferentially sourced from organisations or individuals that demonstrate commitment to sustainability.


For example, preference will be given to a supplier who

A. Holds all the necessary licences for waste handling and treatment from the Environment Agency.


B. Has an accredited environment management system.


C. Has a good track record for quality service and environmental performance.


Last reviewed 27th November 2014

  

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