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National 5-Phase Non-Hazardous Solid Waste Audits

Location: Calgary, Edmonton, Regina, Saskatoon, Winnipeg and Northwest Territories
Client: Public Works and Government Services Canada
Date: 2007-2010

Non-hazardous waste audits were conducted at large federal office facilities as part of PWGSC’s Environmental Management System on a rotating basis every three to five years.  The waste audits were based on the National 5-Phase Solid Waste Management Protocol developed by PWGSC.  The primary objectives of the solid waste audits included determining the composition of non-hazardous wastes; i.e., the types of waste discarded; tracking annual quantities of waste and recyclables; and calculating overall waste diversion rates and the amounts of per person waste generated.  Recommendations for improvement on the waste diversion rate were included as part of a waste audit report.  Audits were completed in Yellowknife Northwest Territories for the Henry Larson and Greenstone buildings; Prince Albert, Saskatchewan for Correctional Service of Canada’s Saskatchewan Penitentiary and Riverbend Institution; Winnipeg, Manitoba for the Customs Examining Warehouse Building and Laboratory and the Canadian Science Centre for Human and Animal Health; Saskatchewan for Saskatoon Research Centre, Semiarid Prairie Agricultural Research Centre, Swift Current and Shelterbelt Centre, Indian Head; and, Alberta for the Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Lethbridge Research Centre and Lacombe Research Centre.