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Reducing the Volume of General Waste
WJ Bush commenced operations in Australia in 1893 and over the ensuing years has developed into Australia's leading flavour and fragrance house. There are currently 39 Bush Boake Allen sites worldwide. Bush Boake Allen's Dandenong facility, on a 5-hectare site within a light industrial area, has seven buildings with nearly 12,000 square metres under roof. Bush Boake Allen Australia owns the site and has operated there for the past six years. The company has 86 employees at the Dandenong site.
Waste management focus
Analysis of the results of the benchmarking program undertaken by the company identified the volume of general waste as an area offering one of the best initial opportunities to improve its environmental performance and its economic efficiency.
Waste management program
After conducting a comprehensive audit of the general waste and recycling streams generated in all departments at the Dandenong manufacturing site, the company undertook the following measures:
- A co-mingled recycling program was established which now collects an average 1.2 tonnes per month, thus reducing the general waste volume going to landfill.
- A further 4 tonnes per month (average) of cardboard and paper is now compacted on site and sent for recycling.
- A comprehensive recycling program for 200-litre and 25-litre drums is in place, minimising prescribed waste and general waste levels by an estimated 500 tonnes per annum.
- Uses are being investigated for the packaging wastes that do not lend themselves readily to recycling. This is being done in collaboration with the company's packaging suppliers.
- Composting of canteen food waste and paper towels, now being trialled, is directed to further reducing the company's volume of general waste.
- A steel recycling system is ready for implementation.
Operational and management issues
- Considerable initial scepticism faded once significant waste reduction was evident.
- Some outside training was required to ensure sufficient technical knowledge.
- Signage and awareness of designated waste collection areas was an initial problem.
- Implementation phases were delayed in some instances by late delivery of equipment.
By the end of the first year of this program, Bush Boake Allen Dandenong has:
- improved organisational performance in the area of environmental management to the extent of now considering implementation of an Environmental Management System to the ISO 14001 standard
- identified the types of waste being generated by the operation
- identified opportunities for reducing waste to landfill through recycling and adopting alternative methods of waste disposal such as composting and animal nutrition
- identified opportunities for cost-saving initiatives in processes shown to be producing excessive waste or making inefficient use of resources such as energy and water
- ensured the organisation is a good corporate citizen and performing in line with benchmarking standards within the industry.
The company has established an environmental team with representatives from management, environmental, technical, engineering and operations functional areas.
Bush Boake Allen Dandenong has set up environmental management programs for:
- reduction of general waste to landfill
- a water trade-waste management plan
- a water-usage management plan
- an air-emissions management plan
- an energy-usage management plan
- implementation of an Environmental Management System.
Human Resources Manager
Bush Boake Allen Australia
310 Dandenong Valley Highway
Tel: (03) 9788 9200
Fax: (03) 9768 3652
This case study was prepared by the Department of Innovation, Industry and Regional Development, Victoria. Environment Australia would like to thank them for allowing us to display their case study on our web site.