> The initiative
In 2020, TAFE NSW commenced a new waste contract to provide waste and recycling services across majority of campuses in NSW with a single waste contractor. Previously, the organisation worked with multiple contractors in a decentralised manner that led to lack of oversight and opportunities for improved contract management, reporting and consistency across campuses.
In addition to general waste services, the new contract included innovations such as landfill diversion targets, a service optimisation schedule and allocation of a resource recovery officer by the supplier to support TAFE NSW. The benefit of having a single contractor servicing majority of TAFE NSW campuses means improved contract management, improved waste reporting and identification of opportunities for service optimisation and innovation to increase diversion from landfill.
The contract has led to improved sustainability outcomes from regular reporting such as:
- Establishment of a waste baseline to achieve diversion and waste avoidance targets
- Service optimisations to save money that can be diverted to introduction of new recycling services
- Collaboration with environmental management students to undertake a waste audit to develop TAFE’s diversion potential
- Trial of recycling innovations such as textile recycling and dry waste recycling.