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University of Sussex Case Study. Amanda Hastings Health, Safety & Environment Officer. Format of Case Study. Background to Waste Management Waste Audit and Findings Hazardous Waste Review Hazardous Waste Management Systems Future Developments. Why Review Waste Management?.

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university of sussex case study

University of SussexCase Study

Amanda Hastings

Health, Safety & Environment Officer

format of case study
Format of Case Study
  • Background to Waste Management
  • Waste Audit and Findings
  • Hazardous Waste Review
  • Hazardous Waste Management Systems
  • Future Developments
why review waste management
Why Review Waste Management?
  • Increasing range of legislation
  • Strengthen control over handling of waste
  • Reduce waste to landfill
  • Reduce environmental impact of waste
  • Increasing costs
key areas of legislation
Key Areas of Legislation
  • ODS Regulations – fridges
  • WEEE Directive – electrical
  • Landfill Directive
  • Pre-treatment, no co-disposal
  • Waste bans – clinical, corrosive, oxidising, flammable
  • Increase in landfill tax
  • Special/Hazardous Waste Regulations
  • Administration
  • New waste categories
situation in 2003 2004
Situation in 2003/2004
  • University of Sussex
  • Devolved responsibility and budgets
  • 38+ contractors on campus
  • 20,000 bin lifts (no weight data)
  • Basic recycling systems & equipment
  • Poor quality of information
  • Cost approx £250,000
university waste management strategy
University Waste Management Strategy
  • Compliance with waste legislation
  • To meet EA reporting requirements
  • Create one stop shop service on campus (contract management)
  • Supplier investment in infrastructure for waste management
  • Deliver value for money
waste audit 2004
Waste Audit 2004
  • Key Findings
  • Reduction from 136 bins to 115 bins
  • Average weight 49kg (Industry standard 68kg)
  • Average weight of waste 28kg
  • Average weight of recyclable waste 21kg
  • Areas of non-compliance
hazardous waste review and strategy
Hazardous Waste Review and Strategy
  • Clinical Waste Working Group established – March 2004
  • Remit

Review waste classification under HWR and LoWR

Resolution of disposal routes

Contract management

Develop new policy and procedures

Identify training needs

hazardous waste management system trial
Hazardous Waste Management System Trial
  • Volunteers – Biological Services Unit
  • Identified the key wastes
  • All wastes were going for incineration
  • Review of key wastes under EWC categories
  • Resolution of disposal routes
  • Consultation, communication & consensus
  • Tracking wastes and audit trail
  • Record keeping
hazardous waste management system trial13
Hazardous Waste Management System Trial
  • Budget 04/05 £12,000
  • Costs 04/05 All waste disposed of as clinical
  • £10,305 (11 months)
  • Costs 05/06 New disposal routes £6,377
  • Savings 05/06 £3,928 (£5,623)
  • Following the successful trial this review exercise was carried out in all Science Schools.
summary of experience and achievements
Summary of Experience and Achievements
  • Legal compliance
  • Better central control
  • Better record keeping, audit trails
  • Common disposal routes
  • Move away from custom and practice
  • Initial resistance, co-operation following successful trial
  • Training and greater awareness/understanding
  • Value for money