Reduce the waste from administrative activities and site operations by eliminating it as much as possible at source, while increasing the reuse or recycling of the remainder.
See below the criteria each port authority or Seaway corporation has to fulfill to achieve each level of performance.
Monitoring of regulations.
2.1. Equip offices, work spaces and facilities with recycling bins, including for used batteries, cartridges and fluorescent light bulbs and make sure they are strategically located and appropriately labeled.
2.2. Install clear signage for waste disposal on port or terminal property.
2.3. Provide training and/or educate staff on established garbage management procedures and hierarchy (at source reduction, reuse, recycling, recovery, disposal), including on procedures for handling and disposing of hazardous waste.
2.4. Encourage the use of reusable, biodegradable and/or recyclable supplies (e.g. reusable dishes, etc.).
2.5. Encourage staff to adopt sustainable paper use practices (e.g. reduce overall printing and copy paper consumption, double-sided printing, reuse and recycle paper, etc.).
2.6. Promote and encourage tenants, users, contractors and/or clients to minimize waste and to recycle.
Operating ports only:
2.7. Reuse and/or recycle as much as possible dunnage, lining and packaging material, where compliant with federal and/or state wood packaging import regulations.
Ports operating dry bulk terminals (2.8, 2.9, 2.10):
2.8. Adopt procedures to minimize the amount of cargo residues left on board the ships.
2.9. Facilitate the discharge of solid bulk cargo residues ashore, including hold sweepings.
2.10. Recover as much as possible off specification products (i.e. products captured in storm water sumps and effluent treatment works) or reintroduce them into the handling process.
Note: Not applicable in terminals that handle multiple dry bulk products because of cross contamination risks.
3.1. Implement all applicable best practices listed at level 2.
Fulfill one of the following 2 criteria:
3.2. Produce an annual inventory of all waste being generated during the participant’s direct activities (administrative and/or site operations).
3.3. Conduct a waste audit every three years to identify the types and amount of waste being generated during the participant’s direct activities (administrative and/or site operations).
Note: The inventory or audit does not include waste generated from demolition or construction projects.
Note: See Annex 5-A.
AND fulfill the following criterion:
3.4. Adopt an environmentally preferable purchasing policy that encourages sustainable purchasing practices (e.g. products that produce less waste (less packaging, reusable/ recyclable/compostable products, products with postconsumer recycled content, etc.).
4.1. Conduct a waste audit every three years to identify the types and amount of waste being generated during the participant’s direct activities (administrative and/or site operations).
Note: The waste audit does not include waste generated from demolition or construction projects.
Note: See Annex 5-A.
4.2. Based on the results from the waste audit, adopt and implement a waste management and reduction plan that describes the participant’s waste management practices and procedures, including all applicable best practices of levels 2 and 3. The plan must also define measurable waste reduction, recycling and/or diversion rates and identify practices and strategies to achieve these rates.
Note: Each participant defines its own “normalizer” to take into account fluctuations in port activities (e.g. per capita, per ton, per vessel, etc.).
Note: See Annex 5-B.
4.3. Adopt and implement formal procedures for minimizing, reusing, recycling and/or properly disposing waste generated during construction, excavation and demolition work (e.g. cement, concrete, bricks, gypsum, wool, asphalt, wood, steel and other metals, etc.). These procedures must be included in all construction, demolition and excavation projects.
5.1. Demonstrate continuous achievement of objectives established in the waste management and reduction plan.