Working Towards Sydney’s 2030 Zero Waste Target

On 28 August, Sydney joined 22 other countries in signing C40’s Advancing towards zero waste declaration. This reinforces Sydney’s aim to cut generated waste and reduce the amount of waste sent to landfills by 2030.

There is a huge focus on managing the residential and commercial sectors’ waste, but the pressure is higher for the construction and demolition sector.

By 2021, waste producers and waste operators in the local government area (LGA) are expected to help the city in its aim to divert 80% of construction and demolition waste from landfills. This target is 10% higher compared to the set marker for residents and businesses in LGAs.

By 2030, the target is raised to 90% for all sectors.

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North Strathfield Rail Underpass Project

The North Strathfield Rail Underpass Project (NSRU) is part of a joint Commonwealth and NSW Government project. The goal is to deliver faster, more reliable service on the main rail line that runs from North Strathfield to Newcastle. The underpass will replace the junction at North Strathfield, a point where there is often freight congestion.

As this is a government project, the NRSU Alliance works to strict environmental standards. They must maintain more than 80% recycling recovery on construction waste, and provide quality reports to confirm that these targets are met.

The Alliance wanted to deal with an Australian-owned company with a track record of environmental responsibility. Grasshopper fit the bill. Our recycling facility was inspected by the Alliance’s environmental engineer to confirm that we handle waste responsibly.

Construction for this project is on a massive scale, with waste collection points spread across eight separate sites over 3 kilometres. Because the project is in a residential area, Grasshopper has to work closely with the Alliance’s traffic management team, so our deliveries and removals happen within a precise window. Each of our drivers was inducted onto the site, and used the Alliance’s radio communications protocols, so we integrated seamlessly into the project.

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MD Equity — Norwest Hospital for Specialist Surgery

When completed, the NorthWest Hospital for Specialist Surgery will house a specialist surgery hospital, day surgery centre and medical consulting suites. This project demands major modifications to an existing commercial office building in Sydney’s North West. All services in the building are being upgraded. A new electrical substation will be installed, as well as a back-up generator and four new lifts.

No tower crane was available for this project, so we needed to find another way to get the waste out of the work area and into Grasshopper’s skips.

Our solution came in two stages. To get waste out of the building, we provided 660ltr wheel-able bins that travel up and down the lifts. However, manually lifting each bin would be an WHS risk, so we provided an electric lifter that emptied each bin into the skip. This not only cut down on the risk of injury, it saved Cockram money, as they didn’t need to hire a forklift.

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Global Switch Sydney East Data Centre — Stage 1

The Global Switch Sydney East Data Centre will supply IT infrastructure for multi-national corporations and Australian Government agencies. This facility sets a benchmark for environmental sustainability. To reach that goal, the project team were pursuing a Gold Rating in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.

Grasshopper helped Cockram reach their Environmental goals with a detailed waste management plan, including bins for each waste type. Segregating waste maximised the amount of material that was recovered for recycling. Diverting material like paper and cardboard from mixed waste skips reduced the amount that went to landfill, which kept their waste management cost down.

Space was tight for this project, so managing waste on site was also a challenge. Deliveries and pickups had to be coordinated with the crane schedule. Grasshopper made this aspect of the project hassle-free by calling ahead and being on time. Our specialised equipment can remove double skips each changeover, which maximises efficiencies for the crane slots.

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