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Operational waste management plans


At LID Consulting we produce demolition, construction and operational waste management plans.

Quotes within 24 hours. Prompt reports.  Australia-wide.

Waste management plans to meet DA or town planning requirements for projects Australia wide. Over 150 projects completed per year.



Demolition and construction waste management plans

Demolition & construction waste management plans are commonly a DA or town planning requirement for new developments. They identify processes and materials that can be recycled and minimise waste going to landfill. Construction waste management plans minimise waste and maximise reuse of waste products.
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Operational waste management plans

Operational Waste Management Plans (also called ongoing use waste management plans) are a typical town planning or DA requirement for larger residential and non-residential developments. The goal of these is to ensure consideration of location and practicalities of waste removal, recycling and waste minimisation opportunities early in a development’s design phase.
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Waste management plan tips

Designing and allowing for operational waste management in a multi-unit, mixed use or commercial development seems straight forward, but there are a few pitfalls and things to consider. We have included our top ten tips for designing for waste management – these are things to consider for your waste management plan.
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Construction management plans

A construction management plan or construction site management plan is a common council requirement for developments in a growing number of municipalities. LID Consulting’s team has a proven track record preparing  construction management plans for demolition and construction projects that will satisfy council requirements.
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What they’re saying

“Highly recommended, excellent service”

David FullerBB Design Group Pty Ltd.

““I wanted to provide some feedback that the waste management proposal and layout of the WMP was excellent".

AnonymousCouncil waste officer

“I engaged LID Consulting to prepare a Waste Management Plan for a proposed Rural Fire Station. Not only was the price competitive but the efficiency and promptness shown was great”

Aidan RichardsonWollondilly Shire Council NSW

“The Maddingley Village project Waste Management Plan resolution went very well. LID were fast and responsive and we’re looking forward to a good result from the Town Planning process. We also worked with LID on preparation of the Tribeca Village Point Cook Waste Management Plan, and that was similarly very positive”

Stephen Matthews ClarkeHopkinsClarke Architects

“Hi Craig, I have been so impressed with the way your firm has gone about this process. I’d especially like to thank you and LID”

Matt TwiseltonExcel Strata

Waste Management Plans Benefits

Thankfully garbage and recycling waste separation is now an ingrained habit for many Australian residents. Unfortunately not all businesses pay for the separate recyclable waste collection stream. The Council requirement for operational waste management plans now generally requires incorporation of treatment for recyclables waste for new non residential developments – so increasingly separation of recyclable waste products will become common place in all Australian businesses.

Benefits of a Waste Management Plan – Often a Waste Management Plan is created as a result of compliance requirements however there are many benefits of investing in a Waste Management Plan for your development. Planning for waste management can improve waste outcomes at the new site and when you consider the lifetime of occupancy ahead of your new development, this can be a significant contribution.

Low Impact Development (LID) Consulting provides a comprehensive waste management plan for multi unit and non-residential developments in Australia.

A waste management plan will define your strategy for managing waste during operation of a new facility. It will give consideration to potential sources of waste, estimate the likely volumes of waste and outline solutions for the management of waste. This may include solutions for rubbish or recycling, options for reducing the amount of waste produced, redirecting waste away from landfill and for the waste that is produced, detailed plans for the practical storage and removal of waste at the premises.

When it comes to storage and removal of waste there are a number of considerations which need to be factored into building planning including storage space and configuration, safety and accessibility, health considerations and processes and procedures for the regular collection of waste. Consideration for bin configurations will also be required both from a practical and cost management standpoint.

A waste management plan provides an optimal approach to the management of the new facility’s rubbish, looking after the environment and the health of those who come in contact with it and aiming to manage the waste in an efficient, effective and safe manner.

waste separation in a WMP
Sample waste management plan
waste management plan tips
planet ark business recycling website
recycling and rubbish signs

Waste Management resources

There are many useful links to assist with residential and non residential operational Waste Management:

  • Plant Ark’s Business Recycling site identifies facilities and services to recycle around 90 products including computers, mobile phones, office furniture, fluorescent lights, carpet, food packaging etc. Go on – make a list of local centres close to your business – and set up a system to recycle these items. There are drop-off centres, and other businesses listed that will pick up the listed waste items for recycling.
  • Sustainability Victoria have a number of resources on how to reduce waste in businesses.
  • As do Renew.

Improving Waste Management practices

Encouragingly the new development in residential and non residential waste management is the increasing separation of food waste from garbage streams.

In many Australian municipalities food scraps are not separated from garbage going to landfill. These food scraps will go to landfill and the valuable nutrients within the organic material is lost. In addition food scraps in landfill contribute significantly to the 90% of greenhouse gas emissions from landfills that are a result of decomposing organic material (source Zero Waste SA).

Activating procedures to separate food organics (often 50% of domestic garbage) can have major impacts on reducing the negative green house gas effects of landfill. Directing food to bokashi bins (which can sit in a kitchen and accelerate the initial stages of composting), compost bins or worm farms are the most practical solutions for dealing with food waste outside of the garbage stream. These options are good, but rely on the energy and drive of keen people, and are not likely to have as wide an impact on food separation as a separate municipal food waste/green organics collection service.

Other areas of waste management where simple improvement can occur is in avoidance of excessive packaging – a simple action we can undertake in our own lives and at work.

In cases where avoidance is not possible, then a greater understanding of what can be recycled will make a difference in reducing landfill waste.

Appropriate signage can help with this. To download and print recycling signage visit Planet Ark’s business recycling site.

A better understanding of product and food packaging types can also help to improve resource recovery and reduce permanent waste to landfill. Generally rigid plastics labelled from 1-6 can readily be recycled and should go into co-mingled municipal and private recycling bins. However, plastic films, plastic bags, lightweight polystyrene, such as used for meat trays, packaging (including foam packing ‘peanuts’) and hot drink cups should not be put in municipal recycling bins.