Friday, 4 November 2016
If you speak with any facilities manager today, they’ll tell you that their single greatest challenge is managing the budget. The waste budget is no exception, and...
The waste budget is no exception, and if FMs are paying attention, waste costs are increasing at a rapid rate – in some states by up to 19 per cent year on year.
Recent studies suggest that, far from being merely a problem of collection cost, many ‘ground level’ costs are a problem of process, and these issues can be addressed with intelligent equipment and procedure changes. By thinking LEAN, FMs, waste consultants and equipment suppliers like Mil-tek have proven how to improve efficiency by up to 40 per cent, reduce space costs by up to 60 per cent, and reduce total waste handling costs by up to 70 per cent.
Solutions that are focused on labour-efficient waste handling are showing that such improvements are possible. Recent examples include QIC’s $655 million redevelopment of Eastland Shopping Centre in Melbourne, and limited-space, high-volume sites like the new Elizabeth Quay development in Perth, operated by the Western Australian Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority (WA MRA).
At Eastland, the strategic positioning of five sets of waste separation and compaction equipment around the 131,000-square-metre facility allows its operators to save handling time (largely walking time) by an estimated 40 per cent once fully implemented, compared to using one central handling depot. The trip distance savings and separation and compaction technologies used over the expected operational life of more than 25 years could potentially convert to millions of dollars* in savings on waste handling.
On the other side of the country at Elizabeth Quay, there’s a different issue with a similar solution: good design, technology and procedural improvements.
In modern cities, space is at a premium. The WA MRA has engaged a process and technical solution with the assistance of waste management experts Mil-tek Waste Solutions to optimise waste room space to cope with peak demand in this major tourist facility. Following the implementation of new processes and small-footprint pneumatic compaction equipment, the MRA saves space in its waste room, is able to cope with peak demand, and saves costs by reducing collections and separation of recyclables at the source. Optimising waste systems sets the facility up for long-term cost control and distinct environmental advantages.
Big ticks on the triple bottom line in both of these visionary facilities.
The true cost of waste in any business has to include the time spent on handling and also the energy used in the process.
The Mil-tek team can assist you in isolating these costs and reducing them to find a lean waste handling solution.
|Time saved/year||1,625 hours|
|Savings ($) (labour) $ 30*/hour||$ 48,750.00|
|Energy saved/year:||12,350 kilowats|
*Typical Time & Energy Savings Table
To get to these numbers, the Mil-tek team carry out Time and Motion studies, then take an ariel view to find the fastest way to get waste from A to B. Handling loose waste and transporting it on a constant basis to external waste points can be a drag on resources. Mil-tek find a way to minimize the problem by placing waste points, by material at strategic areas inside the building.
Energy savings can come from reduced labour in waste handling, reduced transportation or reductions in electrical use. Have you thought about how much energy can be saved by keeping exit points closed and the weather, good or bad, outside?
Ask for a Free Waste, Time and Energy Audit by contacting Mil-tek today.
Waste is an inevitable by-product of business and waste handling poses a significant cost to most organisations.
How much time are your staff wasting “taking waste for a walk?”
Save Time = Avoid time consuming labour – don’t “take waste for a walk”
Save Space = Segregate recyclable materials and compact on location
Save Energy = Avoid constant trips to one central waste point '
Save Money = Volume reduction reduces pick-ups which can significantly reduce your monthly waste invoice
This article originally appeared in Facility Perspectives, Vol 10 no 1 Mar – May 2016.
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