Waste Hierarchy Policy

Waste Hierarchy Policy 2012.

1. Purpose

The purpose of this policy is to provide a framework that will advance the sustainable use of resources. Andrew Page will demonstrate that the waste management decisions of our employees will enhance environmental quality and be resource responsible. Under the waste hierarchy we intend to reduce waste, reuse materials where possible and recycle materials to reduce the volume of waste that is sent to landfill.

2. Goals

Wherever possible Andrew Page employees and contractors will pursue the following goals and adhere to the specified principles when disposing of waste:

  • Purchases shall only be made once it has been determined that the product or service is necessary.
  • Where possible, purchasers will ensure that the material will be refurbished for reuse at the end of its useful life or recycled.
  • Disposal decisions will be made in the context of the waste hierarchy (prevention, preparing for re-use, recycling and disposal) before disposing to landfill. We will use a waste contractor which endeavours to segregate and recycle our waste and provide us with feedback regarding our waste recycling.

In all instances we will follow the waste hierarchy to identify the best waste management approach for each specific category of waste generated.

Andrew Page is committed to:

  • Prevention. Where economically viable, using less material in design and manufacture and therefore avoiding waste. Using the same item more than once and extending the useful life of products and equipment before replacing them.
  • Recycle. We will aim to establish recycling contacts and agreements for as many waste materials as possible within the organisation as well as consider turning waste into a new substance or product where information, cost and process are achieveable.
  • Disposal. We will endeavour to use disposal as a last resort. Any waste materials will be disposed of in a way that will not in any way pollute water, land or air at any stage of their life cycle.

We will also consider all other factors when making decisions on waste, including social and economic impacts and technical feasibility.

3. Objectives

Andrew Page shall

  • Review current waste management practices and contracts to produce a sustainable waste management programme to support the application of this policy
  • Require its employees, contractors and consultants to comply with this policy.
  • Obtain a copy of contractor Waste Hierarchy policies, where available.
  • Eestablish a staff training programme for the implementation of this policy
  • Ensure that staff have access to recycling information to enable participation
  • Establish a system to monitor and report on the outcomes of this policy.