scenario investigation

scenario investigation

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see the attachment and go to page 5 and need to do assignment 3 – scenario investigation and no need to write more than 1000 words that’s not will be include the reference lists

Aim and Objectives:
Social, economic and not least environmental pressures are requiring that all waste producers aim to
manage their wastes so that both the impact on the environment and the cost of disposal are
minimised. To achieve these dual aims, waste management involves examining why wastes are
produced and taking all reasonable steps to minimise the production of wastes. If wastes have to be
produced, recycling or reuse options must be explored.
The preferred approach to the production of wastes such as waste avoidance, reduction, reuse and
recycling as well as the philosophy of cleaner production will be discussed in detail together with
considerations of on-site or off-site treatment. Techniques of minimising waste by conducting audits and
evaluating alternatives based on economic, technical and social aspects will be covered in greater
detail. This will be linked to the development and implementation of waste management plans. The
various disposal techniques available for a range of hazardous materials will be discussed, for example
burial, incineration, co-generation, pre-treatment, storage and immobilisation. In addition, the issues
relating to the collection, transport and disposal of municipal wastes will be examined in the context of
their contribution to the overall waste problem in Australia. Various alternatives for reducing and
disposing of this waste stream will be examined.
The focus of this course is to enable students to develop the appropriate approach to waste
management in general, rather than to focus on specific waste types or waste streams. There is
potential for students to pursue individual interest via the case study and essay.
Topics to be addressed in this unit include:
? Regulatory controls on waste management
? Techniques for conducting waste audits
? Use of life cycle analysis as a decision making tool
? Waste minimisation, reuse and recycling techniques
? Cleaner production techniques
? Waste management technologies
? Municipal waste management
? Development of waste management strategies
? Implementation of waste management systems
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SLE320 Sustainability and Waste Management
Course Rules
In order to ensure that there are no misunderstandings about what is expected in SLE320 the
following items should be noted now:
1. Reading of references will greatly enhance your understanding of the unit.
2. All assessable work must be handed in by the due date. Submission dates will only be extended
under exceptional circumstances. Assignments should be placed into “Dropbox” on CloudDeakin
or emailed to me.
Marks will be deducted for late work at the rate of one mark per working day until the mark
is zero. No late work will be accepted after work has been marked and returned to other
All work handed in for assessment must be the student’s own work, except where acknowledged by the
insertion of a reference. Passing off the work and/or ideas of others as your own is plagiarism, and
instances of this, or any other forms of copying or cheating, will be dealt with severely. See Faculty of
Science, Engineering and Built Environment policy on plagiarism.
The final grade for the unit will be based on:
0 – 49%
50 – 59%
60 – 69%
70 – 79%
> 80%
Fail (N)
Pass (P)
Credit (C)
Distinction (D)
High Distinction (HD)
All work submitted will be graded according to the system above. The final grade for the unit will be the
sum of the individual marks for each piece of work.
Submission dates will only be extended under exceptional circumstances. If an extension is required
you must complete and assignment extension request form which you must then discuss with your
lecturer. If approval is granted, the lecturer will sign the form that must then be kept by the student. The
student must then submit the assignment with the assignment extension form as the covering sheet.
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SLE320 Sustainability and Waste Management
Assessment task
Practical Assignment (500 words) 10%
Essay (1,500 words) 20%
Scenario Investigation 10%
Case Study 40%
Class Test 20%
Date Due
24th November 2014
15th December 2014
19th December 2014
6th February 2015
6th February 2015
Assignment 1 – Practical Assignment 10% (5% each question) (Due 24th November 2014)
500 words maximum (250 words for first part)
1. A company has a quantity of waste oil and cleaning chemicals and asks you what are the “rules”
they need to follow for disposal in Victoria. What is your advice?
2. A Council wants to reduce the level of contamination in the kerbside recycling bins (household
bins? They would like a logo and design of a sticker to go onto the bins – this could be from
houses or from multi-unit dwellings (Note that additional information on this will be provided in
Assignment 2 – Essay 20% (Due 15th December 2014)
1,500 words
You are to choose from the following topics. However, if you wish to discuss a topic that interests you,
please discuss with me as soon as possible. You may wish to focus on a particular sector or material
type – please discuss.
The length is to be a maximum of 2,000 words. This limit does not apply to references or tables, figures
and diagrams. Marks will be allocated as follows:
– 10% – detail of subject matter – background/Australian perspective
– 10% – analysis of the issue(s) discussed – facts to support your case
Why there should or should not be container deposit legislation.
Waste disposal costs are too cheap in Australia.
The current legislation in Australia for managing wastes is effective – discuss.
We should recover energy from waste rather than dispose of to landfill.
Companies should be required to complete a life cycle analysis before being able to sell new
Sending materials overseas for recycling is not ethical.
Any other topic that is approved.
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SLE320 Sustainability and Waste Management
Assignment 3 – Scenario Investigation 10% (Due 19th December 2014)
1,000 words maximum
Your “place of employment” is undergoing a review of its environmental performance. As a
consequence, your manager has requested you to verify that the nominated facilities are complying with
relevant legislation and disposing/treating waste in a responsible manner. The manager needs to be
satisfied that wastes are being disposed of to a facility which is managing them satisfactorily.
You will need to visit one of the following:
A landfill.
A recycling facility or a transfer station.
Any waste treatment facility.
An on-site liquid waste treatment facility.
A waste incinerator
The report should contain the usual introductory information as to the name of the site and its location
etc. In addition:
Describe the facility.
Where is it located and who are the main “user groups” of the facility?
What types of waste are accepted, and how do they manage them?
What systems are in place to maximise diversion from landfill?
How can you determine if wastes that your company generates are acceptable for treatment at the
Do they comply with the provisions of any legislation, EXPLAIN – if they do not, how could they
In your view is the facility appropriate for the types of waste that are sent there for
treatment/disposal? Describe why you have determined this.
What charges are applied for the different wastes etc?
What innovative steps are taken to minimise the impact of the operations on to the environment
and any neighbours?
What recommendations would you make to your manager regarding the facility and whether your
company should continue to utilise it?
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SLE320 Sustainability and Waste Management
Assignment 4 – Case Study 40% (Due 6th February 2015)
This component of the assessment involves conducting a waste assessment and preparing a draft
waste management plan for an individual facility or workplace. The outcome of your investigation
should be a report that explains the specific waste management issues relevant to the site under
investigation and provide practical recommendations on how waste can be reduced over time. Your
recommendations must relate back to the data and information you have gathered.
The report should be addressed to the facility or workplace for which you have conducted this project.
That is, it must be written in such a style that explains the aims of the plan and offers recommendations
that can be implemented. The report should contain:
Please note: I have specifically not placed a word limit on this assignment. It is up to you to ensure that
the report meets its objectives. You should think carefully about how you will present data and other
components of the report.
Executive Summary
? Main findings and recommendations
Description of the facility
? background information on location and type(s) of facility
? demographic data such as numbers of staff, material produced, floor size
? description of current waste management practices (systems and costs)
Rationale for waste assessment
? Reasons for conducting the waste assessment (ie., ranging from legislative compliance to
desire to minimise waste)
? Description of the actual waste assessment and ways in which data was collected. (eg.,
interviews, collection of bins, waste analysis)
Description of waste generating processes, including:
? waste generation rates, composition, disposal routes
? management costs – labour, transport etc.
Results from the waste assessment
? graphs, tables
? appendices for large amounts of data
? photographs
Analyses of results
? waste minimisation opportunities
? savings analysis
? cost/benefit analyses
Recommendations for waste minimisation
? Specific aim of future waste minimisation practices
? Waste Minimisation Strategy for Facility.
? Actions necessary to implement recommendations
? Timeframe to achieve recommendations.
Class Test 20% – 6th February 2017
This is an “open book” test completed off-campus. Details will be provided in class
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SLE320 Sustainability and Waste Management
The following are to be viewed as a starting point:
Sustainability Victoria –
Various state Environmental Protection Authority’s (EPAs) or equivalent:
Victoria –
New South Wales –
Queensland –
South Australia –
Tasmania –
Western Australia –
Northern Territory –
Australian Capital Territory –
Victorian Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE) –
Environment Protection and Heritage Council –
USA Environment Protection Agency –
United Nations Environment Program (UNEP)
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