Environmental Management Plan

At Ingleburn Veterinary Hospital and Emergency Centre we are aware that our activities have an impact on the environment and the rest of the community and we have a plan to minimize that impact.

Objectives:

  • Ultimately, no waste generation. To return, reuse or recycle all packaging and as many other materials as possible.
  • To minimize environmental damage by our activities.
  • To comply with applicable environmental protection legislation.
  • To minimize inconvenience to our neighbours and the local community.

Risks associated with this practice:

  • Stormwater pollution by faeces and chemicals. Our stormwater drains go to Redfern Creek and then the George's River
  • Solid waste generation including medical waste
  • Toxic waste generation, primarily in old IT equipment
  • Airborne waste generation, mainly by vehicles
  • Excessive energy consumption and carbon emissions.
  • Excessive use of other resources
  • Noise generation

Strategies:

  • Don’t wash down around surgery unnecessarily. Use a broom.
  • Wash vehicles only when necessary and wash on grass.
  • Put rubbish in bins and keep lids closed.
  • Use appropriate containers for medical waste, including sharps containers.
  • Separate and recycle all clean paper, cardboard, clean plastic bags and containers.
  • Encourage our suppliers to use minimal packaging and recyclable packaging, eg plant packing material.
  • Use digital radiography to avoid x-ray film and chemicals.
  • Purchase recycled and recyclable materials wherever possible.
  • Reuse or recycle outdated IT equipment wherever possible.
  • No unnecessary vehicle use and maintain vehicles in good order.
  • Turn lights, air conditioning, computers and other equipment off when possible.
  • Generate our own solar power with roof top photovoltaic panels.
Ref: Campbelltown City Council Environmental Review and Awareness Programme for Businesses in Redfern Creek Catchment.

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