Environmental risk assessment and mitigation package (E-RAMP) for small waste facilities
Small waste facilities (those with a throughput of less than 5000 tonnes per annum) play an important role in local waste management. Operators of these facilities (primarily local councils) generally face the challenge of providing an essential service - often with limited budgets and resources - that meets the community's waste management expectations, while at the same time minimising environmental impacts.
The Environmental Risk Assessment and Mitigation Package (E-RAMP) has been developed in consultation with council waste managers across rural regional NSW. It is a tool designed to assist operators of small waste facilities assess and manage environmental risks.
With information provided by the user, E-RAMP provides an objective and site-specific assessment of environmental risks and potential measures to treat these risks. E-RAMP is intended to assist operators of small waste facilities make decisions in relation to general management and improvement of environmental performance.
E-RAMP follows the risk management process detailed by Standards Australia in AS/NZS 4360:2004. The software package considers in its calculations:
the sensitivity of the surrounding environment
the types and quantities of wastes received, stored and/or disposed at the facility
the presence/absence of management controls and measures to minimise the likelihood of emissions to the environment in determining the risks.
E-RAMP consists of two parts
E-RAMP manual (0848erampmanual.pdf, 914KB)
The manual explains the risk management processes used in E-RAMP. It also outlines all you need to know about getting started.
E-RAMP assessment tool (0848ERAMPv1.0.xls, 1.8MB)
A Microsoft Excel-based program which allows users to explore and compare mitigation options at the click of the mouse. E-RAMP contains links to various sources of environmental information which assist the user to complete the assessment.
Participants and contributors to E-RAMP
Bourke Shire Council
Cabonne Shire Council
City of Lithgow Council
Coolamon Shire Council
Cooma-Monaro Shire Council
Great Lakes Council
Gwydir Shire Council
Midwaste Regional Waste Forum
MurrayROC Waste Group
Murrumbidgee Shire Council
Narrabri Shire Council
North East Waste Forum
Northern Inland Regional Waste
Parkes Shire Council
Richmond Valley Council
Riverina East Regional Organisation of Councils Waste Forum
Riverina Regional Organisation of Councils Waste Group
South East Resource Recovery Regional Organisation of Councils
Tamworth Regional Council
Tumut Shire Council
Contact: Sustainability Programs Division.
Page last updated: 26 February 2011