On LinkedIn, Cleanaway CEO & Managing Director Vik Bansal writes about our Footprint 2025, and how our infrastructure will support our communities in the future to manage waste, and continue to improve resource recovery.
As I watched the first episode of the ABC’s War on Waste on Tuesday night, I was pleased to see that waste – one of the final frontiers of sustainability, is increasingly on the agenda for businesses and households alike, a trend we’ve seen growing over recent years.
We launched our new mission, alongside our new brand at the beginning of last year – and we remain committed to doing everything we can to make a sustainable future possible.
This focus has led us to the development of our Footprint 2025, which I see as our own “battle plan”to fight the war on waste. Essentially it is a roadmap to ensure that our infrastructure can deal sustainably with the waste generated by Australian households and businesses in the future, with a primary focus on resource recovery.
As society begins to look for new ways to improve their recycling efforts, we are working to put the infrastructure in place to support this shift. We are working to ensure that we have the necessary technology and facilities in place to recover more from ‘waste’ and process more recyclables to ensure that as little residual waste as possible is left to be disposed of. Critically, we are working to ensure that the solutions we put in place are sustainable – both environmentally and economically.
Whilst we are very much planning for the future – I am very proud of the infrastructure we have in place to recover what we can today, even from residual waste sent to landfill. Across our network today we are recovering the gas generated as organic waste decomposes in landfill. Not only does that reduce the impact it has on the environment, but we’re using it to generate energy to power local homes. Today, we are generating enough renewable energy to power more than 36,000 homes each year – and that will soon increase as new generators come on line at the Melbourne Regional Landfill.
We also work hard to change consumer behaviour through our education teams, who work alongside many of our municipal contracts. They work to educate the public on how they can reduce waste through better purchasing decisions, as well as improving recycling behaviours in homes and schools.
I am excited and looking forward to increased discussion about this topic within homes and businesses around the country, which aligns well with our mission and what we believe in.
For Cleanaway to deliver on our mission it will take a partnership between us and all Australians – and this discussion is an important first step. I am very proud of the steps we have taken toward making a sustainable future possible, and I am excited about the future.