Energy Waste and Water

AT SINCLAIR’S GULLY WE REALLY DO CARE ABOUT 
OUR WASTE, ENERGY AND WATER POLICY & PROCEDURES INCLUDE WASTE MANAGEMENT

25 - Autumn 2003Objective – minimise waste through a strategy of reduce, reuse, recycle
Target – Zero Waste, 100% Recycled

Procedures

Reduce the number of wine boxes required in the business, by eliminating the need for boxes and cardboard dividers for sparkling wine. Sparkling wine as it is now hand disgorged and bottled on site eliminating the need for boxes. If boxes are needed for customers, left over boxes from other wine sold on site are used. This is a 24% reduction in cardboard boxes and dividers used.

Reduce – disposable items used

Replace disposable water cups with glass

Replace hand towel in toilet with cloth hand towel

Replace disposable plates, knives and forks with washable cutlery & crockery

Replace disposable shopping bags with reusable Hessian bags

Email is used as the preferred communication method to reduce paper use

Reuse

Reuse egg cartons for collection of eggs

Reuse office printed paper as note paper or in printer again

Reuse empty wine boxes for cellar door visitor purchases

Sterilized muscat bottles reused onsite

Recycle

Set up recycling program for all bottles, cardboard, paper, plastics, tin, cans

Set up recycling bins at cellar door

All wine bottles and cans are recycled at the Magill Recycling Depot

All food scraps are either composted or fed to chickens

All mobile phones recycled to mobile muster

All printer ink cartridges recycled

All office waste paper is recycled

We use recycled printer paper, manila folders and envelopes in the business

All chemical drums are recycled at council drum muster

Research cost and availability of using recycled wine boxes and bottles

ENERGY POLICY AND PROCEDURES
Objective – To be a responsible energy user and reduce energy consumption
Procedures

· Replace lights with energy efficient lighting – All incandescence bulbs to be changed over to flouros over time

· Natural light is used during daylight hours in office

· Turn off all lights when leaving vacant rooms

· Turn off satellite connection over night

· The cellar door lights are only used when occupied during opening hours

· The cellar door fridge is only turned on during opening hours

· Minimal external lighting is used, ie low voltage lighting to the carpark

· There is no illuminated signage on the property

· No floodlights in the carpark or on the property outside public areas.

· Portable hurricane lamps with citronella oil are used on the decking area.

· Fuel – costs – we live on site and do not have any commuting costs to/from work.

· A majority of the tasks performed on the property are done by hand or on foot, minimising the use of vehicles (eg hand pruning, picking, wire lifting, checking drippers is all done on foot)

· Record electricity consumption of appliances

· Investigate solar panel options/green power options and implemented solar power project
WATER POLICY AND PROCEDURES

Objective – To be a responsible water user and to be self sufficient in water usage

Procedures

· Collect all water on site for use in the business

· Plant water wise indigenous species on property

· Use septic sand filter to recycle all grey water on the cellar door garden area

· Only recycled water is used to water garden (no rainwater)

· Switch to low phosphate eco products

· We do not wash vehicles on site with a hose. Only a bucket, sponge and biodegradable detergents are used. Washing of vehicles is very infrequent (may be once or twice a year) and when it does occur vehicles are washed on the grassed area.