Reducing our environmental footprint

Spec Services is committed to improving recycling outcomes and reducing our carbon footprint as a business. We encourage our Crew to support the recycling efforts on every site and reduce, reuse and recycle at home. Our Environmental Management System incorporates Australian sustainable waste management guidelines and adheres to the ISO 14001 Framework for Environmental Management.

We understand that establishing positive and effective sustainability leadership is a key factor in providing our clients with an excellent and ethical product. We meticulously implement environmental and waste management policies and procedures that have been developed through our knowledge and experience and are aligned to best practice smart sustainable business practices.


Sustainability Drives Our Work

At Spec Services, we are aware of our environmental footprint and constantly monitor it in our offices and on client sites by:
Diverting waste from landfill by separating waste matter on the construction site and minimising the costs of waste management and environmental impacts.
Using environmentally friendly and sustainable cleaning products where possible and constantly reviewing innovative cleaning methods and newly available eco friendly cleaning products.
Managing, recording, and appropriately disposing of waste onsite including hazardous waste.
Providing reports on construction and demolition waste and thoroughly monitor our water usage during onsite cleaning activities.


Sustainable procurement practices, vehicle purchasing and GPS tracking

Spec Services purchases vehicles that have been built within the past 5 years and produce low emissions. In June 2022 Spec Services procured 2 Tesla Model 3 in what is the beginning of the process to update all fleet vehicles to EVs.

We also track employees’ vehicles using Verizon Connect trackers which tracks idling time which has a significant impact on emissions. Verizon Connect also supports Spec Services in monitoring our employees’ work health and safety.

Spec Services will continue to implement new and innovative work practices in line with the changing face of the services industry and will strive to identify profitable revenue streams in line with the companies’ vision.


Certification and sustainability performance

Spec Services will also offer sustainability waste management training to our clients’ cleaners after the building has been constructed. Training activities will include learning about environmentally friendly cleaning methods and products as well as general waste and recycling management.

A member of the Spec Services Management Team is currently undertaking training on Green Star and NABERS accreditation programs.

Once accredited, this employee will be able to assess the design of office fit outs in line with environmental and sustainability ratings as well as ongoing operational energy efficiency.


Waste management software

Spec Services has implemented application-based software called “BINTRACKER” which is used to track the weight and waste stream from base buildings and individual tenants.

The benefit of our cleaners tracking waste includes:

  • achieving better sustainable waste management outcomes through real time feedback on contamination levels and recycling efforts
  • streamlining reporting for NABERS waste ratings
  • providing facilities managers with reconcilable data on waste removal services
  • providing facilities managers with real time data on tenants’ waste contribution and service requirements

This technology will be central to Spec Services’ sustainable waste management capability within commercial and government buildings where environmental outcomes are tracked and reported.


Sustainability in the cleaning industry

Spec Services plans to offer advisory services to our clients before the design and construct phase commences to ensure architects and builders keep the following sustainable cleaning and maintenance practices in mind:

  • Installing abseiling fixtures on new builds to ensure abseilors can easily clean the building’s exterior.
  • Building waste sheds close to the tenants’ waste recycling bins.
  • Ensuring the design allows ease of access for larger cleaning equipment such as boom and elevated platforms.
  • Ensuring a Sustainable Waste Manager is always onsite.
  • Ensuring all tradespeople have policies and procedures for sustainable waste management.
  • Separating building rubble and steel onsite and reducing waste removal costs by tens of thousands of dollars and helping our clients reach Green Star ratings.
  • Contracting a community planner to advise on the cleaning requirements for the building and sustainable waste management practices.


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    Integrating Sustainability Practices

    Facilities Waste Management

    ✓ Bin enclosure design and set up
    ✓ Training of on-site cleaners, tenants and facility managers in sustainable waste practices
    ✓ NABERS Waste accredited assessments and tracking

    Construction Waste Management

    ✓ Provide a site liaison between principal contractor and Greenstar Assessor
    ✓ Managing waste from construction operations
    ✓ Managing waste from refurbishment
    ✓ Manage site, process and documentation for Green Star reporting criteria and submissions

    Best Practice Recycling Outcomes

    ✓ We encourage the Building Managers and Owners we work with to maximise the recycling of waste through implementing relevant recycling containers.