Blog post B: Data mapping methods

What is an audit, an official inspection of a company.  inspect examine survey look over  investigate assess appraise, evaluate, review analyse. An official inspection of a organisation’s for purpose of this particular instance it would to inspect an organisation’s organic Waste. By further informing my own understanding on the definition of what a Waste audit is, I was able to apply this to my own audit in which I conducted in part A, in which I conducted several observation exercises, in which I analysed humans interaction, with the given problem of organic Waste management, which I believe through the use of  Quantitative methods through the us of analysing small focus groups, and collecting data through a Qualitative  approach will help Government understand ‘Why’, and ‘How’, Government can resolve organic waste, and divert organic waste ending up in our land fills.Through my waste audit investigations through conducting small focus groups, and visual mind mapping exercise I was able to draw a conclusion that we rely on our ‘muscle memory’, meaning the ways in which we interact with our organic waste is pre determined by a series of repetitive movements in which after time we repeat without conscious effort.

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rough mind mapping of daily interaction and movements with organic  waste in the kitchen

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(LFHW, 2009).

‘Food Waste Avoidance Benchmark Study’,(2009)

On a state level the NSW Government conducted a study to collect data, in an aim to better understand;

  1. understand communities knowledge
  2. Attitudes
  3. Behaviours 

towards household  food waste across Australia, as part of the study the NSW government created an online survey (are a good source to gather large amounts of data) in which 1,200 households across NSW. From the results of the study conducted the NSW Government were able to estimate a ‘HOW’, much NSW households throw out each year which was $1,036 worth of food. The survey was conducted by residents 16 and older.The study “Represents the most comprehensive and up to date analysis of community knowledge, attitudes and behaviours conducted about food waste in NSW”. The findings from the research has been used to develop NSW Love Food Hate Waste program aims to minimise food wastage in the home.

The previous data was used by “Do something”!, to calculate the new national food waste figure of $8 billion”.


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(LFHW, 2009).

Design initiative specific projects or programs undertaken to achieve specific objectives in the near — term, such as to reduce cost increase efficiency for companies to help improve the companies overall culture, increase productivity,reduce organic waste (business dictionary). Stakeholders can affect or be by the organisation’s actions, objectives and policies.Some examples of key stakeholders are creditors, employees, government and its agencies owners shareholders suppliers, unions and the community from which the business draws its resources”.

Closed Loop 

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Closed Loop environmental solutions


closed loop describes their approach to a waste audit as a fundamental  tool in identification and prioritization, program design and program evaluation. they conduct these audits for organisation across diverse industries, from aviation to hospitality. through closed lops design initiatives the company is able to inform stakeholders  in these companies and give a  comprehensive analysis that can best inform the companies which enables these companies to make better business decisions and overall improve the organisations economic and environment do they do this

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Closed Loop are able to apply years of experience in waste and recycling industry, to the clients own data which enable closed loop to identify operational inefficiencies and allows for recommendations to be made that allow these significant improvements in deducing environmental impacts and financial savings made to the company.

  • they identify improvement of behave of clients but develop tools that empower these companies to be able to continually be able identify opportunities for themselves in terms of waste management.
  • through education

    Clients and their staff and suppliers on the  merits of resource management to enable total commitment to new ways in waste reduction initiatives,to unite team in the new processes to reach a common goal for sustainability.

  •  the waste audit

A waste audit provides quantified information about ‘waste’ material composition and location”.(Closed loop).




referencing; (2016). Closed Loop. [online] Available at: <;. [viewed 26 may. 2016]. (2016). NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA). [online] Available at: <; [Accessed 26 May. 2016].

Food Waste Avoidance Benchmark Study At a glance. (2012). ed. Sydney, pp.1-2.[Accessed 09 Jun. 2016]. (2016). Home | FOOD-WISE. [online] Available at: <;. [Accessed 09 Jun. 2016]. (2016). Home – Love Food Hate Waste. [online] Available at: <;. [Accessed 09 Jun. 2016].


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