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Waste management

Measuring waste from business operations

The year under review has witnessed some significant developments in our approach to waste measurement. We have automated waste reporting through our new environmental intelligence system, resulting in better visibility into waste output from a national to a site perspective and improved identification of problem waste streams.

We have also begun to consolidate waste suppliers to create cost efficiencies and improve accuracy and frequency of reporting. Our major waste provider SIMS-Veolia has revised their waste conversion factors which helps us more accurately establish the weights of waste that cannot be measured at shared tenancies. For the first time, we have separated out the hazardous bulk waste that was previously included in our general waste figures. While these changes create an improved waste accounting platform moving forward, they have also led us to restate much of our previously reported waste figures.

SIMS-Veolia have also estimated the GHG emissions associated with our waste collection and disposal at landfill sites. Much of our general waste goes to state-of-the-art landfill sites that extract the methane emissions from landfill waste and convert this into renewable energy. We have included the remaining emissions from the decomposition of our waste in our landfill in our scope 3 carbon emissions.

Managing waste from business operations

In 09/10 we introduced a new 1% year-on-year reduction target for waste sent to landfill. We still retain Fuji Xerox aspirational goal of zero waste to landfill; however we have made a more realistic short-term waste target to focus our efforts.

We have exceeded our 1 percent waste to landfill reduction target, achieving an impressive reduction of 19 percent on 08/09 levels. The 148 tonne decrease in waste to landfill can be attributed to improved waste separation on site, which is also reflected in the gains in recycling waste streams.

We have reduced pallet waste by 41 tonnes since 08/09 and we expect this trend to continue throughout 10/11 due to our new pallet-recycling project with a chipboard manufacturing plant in Victoria, which is also delivering cost savings. We are also continuing to work with our parent company to ensure equipment is imported on recyclable pallets.

There were no significant spills in the year under review, nor were there any fines nor non-monetary sanctions.

In 09/10 we began working with waste auditors to evaluate the recycling facilities and behaviour at key offices and will continue this work in 10/11. The information gained from the audits will inform better waste management and recycling practices for those offices and other shared tenancy sites.

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