Waste Management & Planning

SALT has a dedicated team of waste consultants with expertise in providing streamlined and cost-effective waste management solutions to suit your project requirements. 

Our expert team of waste engineers are recognised as industry leaders in waste management and planning. We have been engaged in development and redevelopment projects for hundreds of projects across Australia including residential, commercial and mixed-use developments, town centres, aged care centres, police stations, medical facilities and state emergency services sites. SALT have also provided campus-wide waste and logistics management strategies and waste management plans for numerous universities.

SALT’s team also has significant hands-on experience in coordinating local government waste services and in providing advice to councils on anything from kerbside collection to landfill management.

Services offered include:

 

Waste Management Plans (WMPs)

SALT has a dedicated team of waste consultants with expertise in providing streamlined and cost-effective waste management plans that can suit your development requirements. Our specialist waste team led by environmental scientists has been engaged in development and redevelopment projects for various development types across Australia including residential, commercial and mixed-use developments, town centres, aged care centres, police stations, medical facilities and state emergency services sites. SALT have also provided campus-wide waste and logistics management strategies and waste management plans for numerous universities.

What is a Waste Management Plan?

A Waste Management Plan is a document which outlines the expected waste generation quantities and waste stream types as well as on-site requirements to ensure that safe and efficient waste management and collection strategies can be implemented within the development. They are prepared based on the expected type of use for development. The significance of a waste management plan from a Council’s perspective is typically to confirm that an effective waste management system has been designed for and can be implemented within the site. An effective waste management system refers to one that is hygienic, tidy, provides safe access to all users, staff and waste contractors while minimising waste being land filled and maximises resource recovery and recycling.

SALT’s Point of Difference

Our waste team is led by environmental scientists. The expert team aims to provide best practice and sustainable waste management solutions with convenient access for the future users of the site while ensuring that it is cost-effective for the developer. If engaged, SALT ensures that the project team is well informed of the waste management requirements at the initial planning stages by providing waste design advice prior to issuing a Waste Management Plan. This allows the project team to consider the options available and prevents additional costs from being incurred to revise the design aspects of other services and from re-engaging other consultants.
Our team also actively engages with Council waste officers to ensure that we are well informed of the latest updates to the Council’s services and waste planning requirements. This allows us to consider the future implications of the Council’s services and of the industry when advising on waste and resource recovery requirements to our clients.

 

Waste Collection Service Planning and Logistics

The SALT team has first-hand local government experience and understands the many challenges facing councils in providing cost effective waste and recycling services to their communities. We work with our clients to assess, develop and enhance waste management services, guidelines, strategies and education programs. We aim to provide advice and solutions that are both environmentally sustainable and economically rational.

 

Waste Technology and Equipment Selection

We provide advice on waste streams (e.g. garbage, recyclables, paper, cardboard, plastics, clinical, organics), system selection (e.g. chutes, diverters), devices (e.g. carousels, sliding trays, compactors), bins and transportable compactors, collection methods and collections locations.

 

Waste Engineering & Planning

Waste engineering and planning is now required by most municipal councils as part of the planning permit application process.

Our expert team of waste engineers are recognised as industry leaders in waste engineering and planning. We are able to assess the systems and access required to optimise valuable ground floor space. We provide advice on waste streams (e.g. garbage, commingles, paper, cardboard, plastics, clinical, organics), system selection (e.g. chutes, diverters), devices (e.g. carousels, sliding trays, compactors), bins and transportable compactors, collection methods and collections locations.

Input into master plans and concept designs can reduce design and review times saving significant costs. SALT recommends waste be considered early in the planning process. When designed early, it is significantly easier to achieve a best practice solution.

 

Feasibility Studies

We have extensive experience in the delivery of feasibility studies for a vast range of clients. Our waste management experts have developed solid waste and recycling management guidelines and strategies addressing a wide range of needs from both the public and private sector. We are experienced in evaluating alternative and efficient collection, transfer and disposal methods, with a focus on landfill diversion. The SALT team provides long and short-range financial analyses, forecasting future waste generation volumes and trends as well as adaptable and technologically advanced operational and design solutions.

 

Waste Strategy and Policy

SALT’s team has developed Waste Management Strategies for a wide range of clients in both private and government sectors including local councils and government departments.

SALT can assist clients in gathering and interpreting waste management data through undertaking both compositional and visual audits of waste streams (link to Waste Audits) to identify opportunities for increasing resource recovery, diverting waste from landfill and achieving cost efficiencies. The team is also experienced in reviewing an organisation’s operations, procurement processes and waste management practices and recommending strategies to reduce waste, increase recovery of resources improve environmental performance and save money.

 

Waste Audits

A waste audit provides a detailed analysis of the waste generated by your office/ organisation/ council area and identifies areas of opportunity to reduce the amount of waste generated and increase the amount of recyclable or reusable material that is recovered.

SALT conducts waste audits for councils, industrial facilities, commercial offices and any other organisation that generates waste. We undertake a full compositional audit of your organisation’s waste streams to gain a full understanding of your waste management practices and provide a comprehensive report including:

  • Data analysis and interpretation
  • Baseline of current waste management practices
  • Recommendations for waste reduction, landfill diversion
  • Potential reduction in greenhouse gas emissions
  • Other improvement opportunities and efficiencies
  • Easy to interpret graphs and tables

For councils we can also use the audit data to provide advice on collection service streams, collection frequency and bin sizes to ensure optimal service delivery.

 

Waste Management Guidelines

The team has developed waste management guidelines for Councils which outline best practice waste management and operational methods for use in future planning applications. We can work with you to produce a tailored set of guidelines specific to your Council area that addresses the specific uses and intricacies of the municipality, including both single dwellings, commercial customers and multi-unit developments.

 

Development of Business Cases

We assist clients with preparation of businesses cases for a variety of waste projects, facilities and services as well as preparing grant applications for infrastructure funding. The SALT team provides options analysis, long and short-range financial analyses, forecasting future waste generation volumes and trends as well as adaptable and technologically advanced operational and design solutions.

 

Tender Preparation and Review

SALT has assisted local government with both the preparation and technical review of tenders. Our team can advise on the development of technical specifications, project briefs and be on hand to support clients through the tender process, including independent review and evaluation.

 

Review of Waste Service Contracts

We can assist with the review of existing waste service contracts to align with current policy and legislative requirements as well as achieving optimal outcomes for our clients.

 

Waste Facility Master Planning and Design

SALT’s team has worked on the planning and design of waste transfer stations and resource recovery centres across Australia and can assist with all stages of the design process from planning stages and concept design through to commissioning. Services offered include:

  • Infrastructure review and needs assessment
  • Facility master-planning
  • Feasibility studies and business case development
  • Conceptual design
  • Detailed design
  • Project management

 

Waste Education and Behaviour Change

At SALT we understand that effective waste education is essential to make improvements to waste management through behaviour change. We have experience in developing waste education strategies and materials to assist councils and organisations achieve positive behavioural change in waste management and resource recovery. Our services include:

  • Develop waste education and behaviour change strategies
  • Assist with preparing educational and communications materials
  • Stakeholder workshops

 

Waste Management Master Planning

Best practice waste management is a well-designed easy to use system. The earlier in the planning process waste is considered, the better the solution. Input into Master Plans and Concept Designs can reduce design and review times saving significant costs.

With over 20 years of experience in waste management, we actively seek to provide options and solutions that balance the design, commercial and environmental factors of future developments. Our master planning services include waste overviews, staging for access and waste services, initial Waste Management Plans, detailed Waste Management Plans and importantly, collaborating with the development team.

 

Waste Management Plan Reviews

Our expert waste engineering team has extensive experience assessing waste management plans prepared for local and state government.

Our team of engineers review waste management plans for local and state governments.
Reports are prepared detailing how they comply with relevant state and local guidelines.
Reports include recommended conditions for planning permit applications.

If you need expert waste management & planning services for your project, contact SALT today.