Purpose of the project:
GPT had identified that information about the amount of waste collected from its properties and the destination of the waste was not reliable. Further, opportunities existed for alternate methods of source separating, collecting and disposing of waste streams to other than landfill.
A protocol has been developed by GPT to: Create new descriptions of waste streams; Define new measurement standards and recording methods; Classify the standard of disposal destinations following the theme of upcycle, recycle, downcycle; Develop a new scope of work incorporating the protocol; Tender waste services selecting service providers on their capability to understand and apply the protocol. Further, GPT have promoted the protocol to others, including the City of Sydney and our colleague organisations in the Better Building Partnership, with the intention of transforming the way the Australian property sector manages the resources previously known as waste.
We have been delighted to see that a number of innovative waste companies have taken up the challenge to meet our requirements designing new services and practices resulting in an overall cost reduction to GPT while we are seeing recycling rates grow at the same time as our confidence in the measured data increases. The new services designed to meet our requirements have also provided new business opportunity for our waste partners. For example, GPT demanded source separated organics collection in areas where this had not been successful before. The contractor that met our needs now finds an increasing demand from other businesses in the area and is continuing to evolve their business model in response. As a result of the improved reporting, GPT is in a better position to assess the true outcomes and costs of each waste stream. By identifying and investing in the most effective recovery processes, we have managed to create services of a scale whereby the recovery processes are now costing less than the landfill alternative and therefore provide economic drivers for further recovery.
“The GPT Group’s commitment to the sustainability of its assets is exemplified by the advancements it has made in the handling of waste management, material recovery and reuse in its portfolio.” - Michael Cameron, CEO & Managing Director