Increase waste diversion and reduce at source the waste arising from administrative activities and site operations.
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, workspaces 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 (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Valorize – as in to add value – and Eliminate), including on procedures for handling and disposing of hazardous waste.
2.4. Encourage the use of 1) reusable, 2) recyclable and 3) compostable 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, use post-consumer recycled paper, 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. Gather information from the local service provider/waste hauler in order to have a better understanding of the relative costs and the environmental benefits related to the disposal of waste, recycling, and organics.
2.8. Eliminate or limit the use of plastic straws, plastic bottles, single-use coffee cups, and any other similar items in administrative office.
Operating ports only:
2.9. 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 (2.10., 2.11., 2.12.):
2.10. Adopt procedures to minimize the amount of cargo residues left on board the ships.
2.11. Facilitate the discharge of solid bulk cargo residues ashore, including hold sweepings.
2.12. 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 to 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 five (5) 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.
4.1. 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.).
4.2. Conduct a waste audit every five (5) 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.
4.3. 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.
4.4. Adopt and implement formal procedures for reducing, reusing, recycling, and valorizing 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 continual achievement in waste diversion and reduction at source in line with the objectives established in the Waste Management and Reduction plan.