Large scale natural disasters such as fires, floods, tsunamis, severe storms and earthquakes can have a significant and lasting impact on a community however, forward planning for such an event can assist with the restorative process by providing certainty and direction. The importance of waste management planning prior to a disaster can limit the environmental, social and economic consequences of such an event.
Talis was engaged to prepare an Emergency Waste Management Plan (EWMP) for Wollongong City Council. A EWMP will provide Council with a tailored set of directions to implement a process which manages the prompt collection, sorting, recycling, processing and/or disposal of waste to protect human health and the environment. The EWMP will maximise the diversion of disaster waste from the Wollongong Waste & Resource Recovery Park (WWARRP) and hence preserve its landfill life, in addition to, supporting the existing plans and procedures outlined within the draft Waste Services Business Continuity Plan.
The work involved assessment of emergency likelihood, waste composition projections, waste storage inventory including temporary storage, waste collection study, cost estimates, site selection and GIS modelling, logistics modelling, hazardous waste strategy, communication strategy and implementation procedure all which will be captured in the EWMP.