Large-scale natural disasters can have a significant and lasting impact on a community, with one of the lesser-considered aspects being waste management in a situation of reduced infrastructure. Talis Consultants excel at offering local and state governments the ability to develop an action plan for such circumstances, working to limit the environmental, social and economic consequences of such an event.
Talis was engaged by the Wollongong City Council to prepare an Emergency Waste Management Plan. The Plan provided the council with a tailored set of waste management directions, guiding efforts to ensure the prompt collection, sorting, recycling & disposal of waste in the community. In addition to supporting the existing plans and procedures outlined within the council’s Waste Services Business Continuity Plan, the Plan maximised the diversion of disaster waste from the Wollongong Waste & Resource Recovery Park and hence preserved its landfill life.
The work involved the 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 of which were captured in the Plan.
Our consultancy recognises the importance of preparing existing waste management infrastructure for future circumstances. The Talis team specialises in the delivery of all types of waste management infrastructure, from transfer stations, recycling and resource recovery facilities to landfills.