Department of Finance

Waste Disposal and Recycling Services launched

The redeveloped Waste Disposal and Recycling Services CUA was launched last month at the Optima Centre.

The event attracted a number of key government buyers who attended to learn about the amendments and benefits of the redeveloped CUA.

A significant inclusion to the CUA is clinical and cytotoxic waste, a form of waste generated by hospitals. Department of Health and hospitals can now take full advantage of the CUA.

The incentives and benefits of recycling are a key focus of this CUA, which aims to maximise the conservation of resources by minimising the amount of waste going to landfill.

“Not only is this beneficial to the environment, it is also a more cost effective approach for government to adopt,” Contract Manager Ross Halls said.

“The CUA strongly encourages government agencies to reuse, recycle, and recover before disposal.”

All suppliers attended the launch, giving attendees the opportunity to network and find a service provider that suits their business requirements.

One of the strategies recommended at the launch for agencies is that a bin audit be undertaken every year to help monitor waste. This will enable agencies to choose the correct bin sizes and pick up frequencies within each of the service categories offered.

“This means agencies will have the flexibility to tailor services to meet their specific business needs,” Ross said.

The event included a special presentation from Peg Davies, Waste Education Officer from the Mindarie Regional Council, who gave an insight into recycling and reducing waste.

“One of the interesting facts about recycling is that only 33 per cent of waste is recycled.

“This is partly because we don’t adopt the same practices at work as we do at home,” Peg said, as she added some useful tips for launch attendees to adopt, including:

  • Take your own travel coffee cup with you – this will minimise the introduction of cardboard cups into the environment
  • At home, replace cleaning products with vinegar and bicarbonate soda
  • Double sided printing saves paper – one everyone can utilise in their workplace.

For more information on this CUA and others, visit ContractsWA

 

Published 06 July 2011

 

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