Discover industry-leading waste management solutions at Trace Enterprises. Our dedicated team of environmental specialists is committed to promoting sustainable practices through effective waste management strategies. With a focus on reducing waste, promoting recycling, and ensuring proper disposal, we minimise environmental impact. Our comprehensive services help clients achieve sustainability goals, ensure regulatory compliance, and embrace environmental responsibility. By combining innovation, efficiency, and sustainability, we deliver customised waste management solutions tailored to meet your unique needs.
What is waste management?
Waste management involves the processes and actions required to manage waste from its inception to its final disposal. This typically includes the responsible collection, transport, treatment and disposal of waste streams, along with monitoring and regulation of processes and compliance with relevant legislation, and the use of technology and waste-related economic mechanisms.
Waste can be solid, liquid, or gases and each type has different methods of disposal and management. Our waste management services can advise on all types of waste, such as commercial, household, municipal, industrial, organic, biological and medical wastes, and safely manage any controlled or hazardous wastes.
In some cases, waste can pose a threat to human health, and health issues are associated throughout the entire process of waste management. Health issues can arise directly through the handling of solid waste, and indirectly through the consumption of water, soil and food. Waste management is intended to reduce adverse effects of waste on human health, the environment and planetary resources.
What is the waste hierarchy?
An important concept in waste management is the Waste Hierarchy, which ranks waste management options in order of their general environmental desirability – from avoidance as the most preferred option, through various resource recovery options, to the least preferred option of disposal.
The waste hierarchy is recognised as providing important guidance on environmental impacts and is enshrined in legislation, both in Australian jurisdictions and internationally. The hierarchy is not intended as a standalone assessment tool; it should be used alongside other tools to assess broader environmental, economic and social impacts of waste management options.
The waste hierarchy is based on life-cycle assessment, which considers the total environmental impacts of different management options, including the direct and indirect impacts of material use, and water and energy consumption. Options higher up the hierarchy avoid or minimise the generation of waste, and this in turn minimises the overall environmental impacts of resource use and waste management. Resource recovery options, in the middle of the hierarchy, recover materials or energy from the waste stream, thereby offsetting the environmental impacts of extracting and processing raw materials.
Waste management services offered:
- Waste Strategy & Advice
- Waste Auditing
- Waste Education
- Waste Management Plans
- Strategic & Policy Development
- Container Deposit Schemes and Recycling Services
- Waste Avoidance, Reduction & Reuse Schemes
- Community Consultation
- Environmental Approvals
- Legislative Compliance
- Data Management & Reporting
- Logistical Planning
- Waste Tracking
Why is waste management important?
Waste avoidance, reduction, reuse and resource recovery practices reduce the overall amount of waste that requires disposal, conserves limited resources and reduces greenhouse gas emissions. Material recovery options (reuse, reprocessing, recycling) also align with Australia’s moves towards a more circular economy, which presents opportunities for local jobs and investment, and minimises the costs and impacts of unnecessary transport and extraction of raw materials.
In 2019, the Western Australia (WA) Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Strategy 2030 was released, which contains a vision for WA to become a sustainable, low-waste, circular economy, in which human health and the environment are protected from the impacts of waste. The Strategy includes objectives and targets to avoid waste, recover more value and resources from waste, and protect the environment by managing waste responsibly. The Strategy includes a key target to increase material recovery to 75% by 2030.
Why choose Trace Enterprises to assist with your waste management?
Our environmental department have extensive experience in preparing waste strategies, Waste Management Plans and recycling schemes for a range of commercial facilities, new developments, remote and regional towns, and mining villages. Trace Enterprises' knowledge and expertise can help your business effectively manage and reduce its waste generation, whilst ensuring compliance with legislation, and ensuring quality data management and reporting.
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