The Plastics Thinking Assessment Tool
The Plastics Thinking assessment, known as Pl-Audit™ is a score-based tool which auto creates the recommended actions.
The Plastics Thinking assessment, known as Pl-Audit™ is a score-based tool which auto creates the recommended actions. The tool is based on a multi-factor data set with over 100 questions. The description below is intentionally vague as this project is in the development stage and there is need to protect the intellectual property.
Assessment based on nine criteria
1 Material functionality requirements
2 Life cycle thinking – considers eco profiles, supplier location, end of life infrastructure and in-life eco savings.
3 DFE Options – Looks at design considerations to reduce overall life cycle impacts.
4 Costs – Looks at internal costs but advises to consider externality costings
5 Waste Minimisation – Through all stages from commitment, waste mapping to assessment of options
6 ISO 9001 Clauses 5.1.2 customer focus, 8.1 operational planning & control
8.3 design, 8.4 control of external …, 8.5 production provision.
7 ISO 14001 clauses 4.1 context, 6.1 risks & aspects, 10.3 continual improvement.
8 ISO 45001 Clause 6.1 risk specifically COSHH, MHO ergonomics, DSEAR,
9 Compliance refers to relevant UK compliance issues.
First Trial PET v bio PET v Waste minimisation of PET bottles
Plastic Thinking – Course agenda.
The Plastic Thinking course is a 2-day training event which will apply a combination of learning techniques to promote engagement and understanding of the plastic problem and the benefits of waste minimisation. The course will be hosted by two trainers to maximise the learning opportunities.
Day 1 Agenda
- Introduction to global issues and the “wicked” problem of plastic waste
- Plastic visualisation activity
- An overview of the use of plastic
- Design for environment – focus on eliminating or reducing environmental problems at the design phase
- Life cycle perspective – How to eliminate or reduce negative environmental impacts throughout all stages of the product life cycle
- Waste Minimisation – the cost of waste, conducting a waste survey, waste mapping, prioritising options and applying the waste hierarchy
Day 2 Agenda
- Progress in Plastic – case studies of good innovations in the use of plastic regarding, design for environment, waste minimisation & waste management
- Plastic Audit – Applying the Pl-Audit technique to reduce plastic waste
- Workbook case study – a waste minimisation problem solving exercise
- Local waste management options with input from Local Authority and waste management company.
- Optional evaluation of learning (test) and sign up to a commitment for waste reduction
- Session ends
The purpose of the Plastic Thinking training
#PledgeLessPlastic, The Blue Planet effect and recent single use plastic bans and tax consultations has meant that many companies are having to rapidly rethink their use of plastic and develop a plastic materials policy in response to consumer and supply chain pressure. Larger organisations have the resources to apply a life cycle approach to their product development. However smaller companies do not have sufficient resource to conduct a robust environmental evaluation of their plastics strategy. Current campaigns actively promote a level of anxiety about the use of plastic and some organisations may be pushed into making inappropriate material choices which could result in increased costs and environmental impact. The purpose of this training is to enable users to make a rational decision regarding their material selection and waste management practices.
The added value of the Plastic Thinking training
The outcome of this training is to elicit behavioural change that will result in a reduction in plastic and solid waste, use of non-renewable resources and material consumption from participating companies.
There are additional financial benefits which include improved opportunity to recover and recycle secondary materials and CO2 savings associated with reducing the quantity of plastic and other wastes entering landfill.
Using Defra1 data it is estimated that a company could make an average of saving of £625 per year by applying simple low cost actions to reduce plastic waste through waste minimisation and that the average saving could be up to £5180* if other waste streams were also minimised (metal, wood, glass, WEEE, paper and chemicals).