This plan has been developed to examine the business and identify improvements that should be made over time to help reduce carbon foot print throughout the business as a whole. Bartel has made significant changes throughout the year to reduce there carbon footprint and can be seen through the Environmental action plan. This is a relatively small business employing 4 staff, in 2008 the company undertook a plan to reduce its impact on the environment and has undertaken significant changes to establish a very sustainable business this report will outline some of those changes in minor detail as the company is still in the early stages of this project. This plan will look at 5 main areas of consumption in regards to the impact on the environment.
Water in terms of usage is a considerable factor that was looked at, the business took into account its roof surface area (being water capture area) and established that it could make considerable gain from installing a water tank big enough to hold its average daily consumption of water estimated at roughly 450 litres per day. The business was washing all security doors down as one of the processes involved in manufacturing as well as some cutting tools requiring constant water for cooling purposes. The company now uses a 13,000 litre rain water tank to use in the consumption of its daily business needs. As well the business has hooked its toilets, shower and taps to this outlet and no mains water has been used since its installation. Water records have been kept to establish a monthly rain forecast to fill the tank and it requires 25 millimeters of rain over the surface area of the roof to fill the tank when it is completely empty. As it stands the tank has only required 5 – 7 mills of rain to keep it at an average for our daily usage which from our records of rain data has not been a problem as yet.
Steel is the major product used within the company and up until 01/04/08 it was not recycled, kit was sourced from anywhere and anybody which was resulting in material poor in quality and therefore returns and wastage was very significant. In terms of the environmental impact it was affecting the constant pick up of damage goods by trucks and the throwing out of damaged of cuts which were originally not recycled and they were mixed with other rubbish into a 4.5 cubic metre bin disposed of every week. Now the business has installed a steel recycle bin with all material recycled and an agreement with the contractor to pay a dollar amount for tonnage. The business also sources material from a supplier who uses Australian made steel therefore reducing the carbon footprint on overseas material brought into Australia.
Aluminium is another product regularly used within the business and again the company did not recycle this product and disposed of the waste into a 4.5 cubic metre bin emptied every week. An agreement is currently in place with a recycling plant across the road who come in once a month with a 3 cubic metre bin and pay a $kg price for the extruded recyclable waste. In the future the company will be looking at installing its on bin as the area required to hold the waste is currently too small and becomes cluttered and messy. In saying that the environmental gains is enormous on this product as the contractor is only across the road therefore transport is minimal from our end. Also we estimate we are saving 3 cubic metres of waste a fortnight from going straight to landfill. We are also purchasing our product from an Australian producer who solely extrudes there aluminium in Australia and sources no product offshore, although it is a premium price we believe our net gain for receiving money for our waste and having less impact on the environment is a worth while cause.
Although not a massive issue Paper/cardboard was a contributing factor that made us look at our supply chain as a lot of our suppliers over used Paper/cardboard packaging and alternatively we were also incorrectly disposing of the product as well. We established that we had to move with our current efforts on the other areas and become a fully recycled waste product business. We now have a visy bin in place to collect Paper/cardboard and it is picked up on a monthly bases with a negative profit gain. For what we believe to be a small price to pay to have this facility is again a positive gain for the company minimizing its environmental impact status. Another factor taken into consideration was with our previous aluminium supplier not only over packaging product they were also using a diesel truck for delivery. Our current supplier now has 75% less packaging waste and delivers with a one tonne dedicated gas utility vehicles.
Overall general waste has been massively reduced to the point were the company now has a 240 ltr wheelie bin picked up on fortnightly basis. This amounts to the waste used by an average family over a week with there waste pickups. For a small business we believe this is an excellent result considering we once had a 4.5 cubic metre bin being emptied weekly. Our environmental impact has been reduced to the point were we now promote our company as a sustainable entity always looking to further our go green policy were ever possible.
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