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Defence Estate Quality Management System (DEQMS) BSI Certification

Environment Compliance Element Environmental Management

Waste Minimisation

The Defence Waste Minimisation Policy aims to reduce the amount of waste materials generated by Defence being deposited in landfills. This policy provides a framework within which waste can be managed effectively in accordance with the fundamental principles of the waste management hierarchy as well as being consistent with best practice environmental management and complimentary to the principles of ecologically sustainable development (ESD).

Defence can apply waste management principles in two distinct areas of its business; in procurement and operations. Defence has significant purchasing power and can make a significant contribution to stimulate the effective use of resources, most notably recycled content products produced by markets and service providers. Options also exist for Defence to reuse and recycle waste materials that are generated in day-to-day operation through to the building of new facilities.


To find out more, contact the Director of Energy Efficiency, Environmental, Resource Management and Sustainability (DEEERMS), or your local Regional Environmental Officer.

Version Control
Version No: 1.6 | Last Updated: May 15 | Next Review: May 16
Technical Authority: ASEE
Subject Matter Expert: DEEERMS