Sustainability report


Committed to our mission

“Tackling climate change and advancing a circular economy are two essential and interrelated goals where I see an exciting opportunity to bring to life Cleanaway’s mission for our customers, shareholders, community and the planet.” CEO and Managing Director Mark Schubert.

In FY21, our business was impacted by the ongoing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, significant regulatory developments, and a continuing social movement to better manage our waste. There has never been a more important time to focus on the sustainability of our operations, people and the environment.

Our FY21 Sustainability Report marks our ongoing journey towards a sustainable future through long-term value creation for our stakeholders, customers and communities across Australia.

The Report elaborates on all our material topics and our Value Creation Story, which takes our strategic pillars and shows how the inputs we draw on are transformed through our business activities, applying Our Cleanaway Way to create outcomes for our stakeholders.

Please take the time to read it and thank you for your support in our shared journey towards ‘Making a sustainable future possible’.

How we create value
Our Value Creation Story takes our strategic pillars of People, Earth, Markets, Assets and Financials and shows how the inputs we draw on are transformed through our business activities, applying Our Cleanaway Way, to create outcomes for our stakeholders. It also shows how these outcomes align to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

We provide secure and meaningful employment for our people. We develop our people’s skills and strive to provide a safe working environment. We are an equal opportunity employer and believe in a diverse and inclusive workforce.

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Our recycled commodities reduce waste to landfill and demand for primary raw materials. We strive to minimise the environmental impacts of waste management, including greenhouse gas emissions, toxic and hazardous waste, water and air pollution.

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We help our customers and partners achieve their sustainability goals. We contribute to policy evolution. As Australia’s leading integrated waste management company, which owns a portfolio of prized infrastructure, we are advancing waste management in Australia.

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Our Footprint 2025 strategy creates a strategic moat for our business and ensures we keep pace with growing sustainability expectations. We contribute to a cleaner and safer environment and enable better regulatory outcomes through education.

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We deliver strong and predictable financial performances. We contribute to the Australian economy through dividends and interest to our capital providers, salaries to employees and taxes to governments

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Our seven priority SDGs

Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all.

We invest in world-leading technology that enable the recovery of energy from waste while transitioning to a lower carbon economy across our operations.

Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all.

Our sustainable financial performance delivers returns to all stakeholders over the long term, ensuring organisational sustainability, and contributing to a strong Australian economy.

Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation.

Our assets have the capacity to service the needs of the market using fit-for-purpose technology and innovation to deliver solutions to customers.

Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.

We provide an essential service to manage Australia’s growing waste needs sustainably into the future. We engage with local communities to understand the economic, environmental and social forces that shape Australia’s future needs.

Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns.

We ensure that our services are responsive to customers’ changing needs, values and goals. We partner with industry and customer to strengthen the market for recovered resources and deliver effective solutions.

Climate change is a global challenge that affects everyone, everywhere.

We support the transition to a lower carbon economy through growth of energy production services and climate change adaptation, mitigation and resilience strategies across our operations.

Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss.

We see all waste as a resource. Through our innovative resource recovery technologies, we encourage customers to reduce reliance on raw materials.

Sustainability highlights

113 ML

Used oil recycled

~ 108 Mm

Landfill gas captured

~ 906 ktCO2-e

Greenhouse gas emissions

~ 130 GWh

of renewable energy generated

> 474 kt

Paper and cardboard recovered

> 29 kt

Plastic recovered

>35 kt

Steel and aluminium recovered