Sustainability Report

Making a sustainable future possible together 2023 Sustainability Report 2023 ESG Databook Performance at a glance

Making a sustainable future possible together

I’m thrilled to share our FY23 Sustainability Report on behalf of our 7,500+ employees across Australia. Our business is increasingly becoming more resource management than waste management; sustainability is our business and is the core of Blueprint 2030.
Mark Schubert, CEO and Managing Director

Sustainability is at the heart of everything we do. It’s not just what we do, it’s how we do it. With our dedicated team, integrated network of specialised infrastructure assets spanning the nation, and one of the largest fleets of waste collection vehicles on Australian roads, we’re working towards our mission of making a sustainable future possible together.


Our Sustainability Pillars
Making a sustainable future possible together for people, our planet, and the prosperity of all stakeholders.

We strive to provide a safe and inclusive workplace where our people can bring their true and whole selves to work so that each individual can thrive.


We are future focused and passionate about the role we play in developing sustainable, high-circularity, low-carbon solutions for customers, the community and the planet.


Creating shared value is at our core. The prosperity of our business relies on and contributes to how we work with the community and our customers.

Sustainability Snapshot

Health and Safety

We have commenced a journey to enhance the way safety risk is managed across Cleanaway, shifting to a proactive focus as we strive to become an industry leader in safety performance.

Total Recordable Injury Frequency Rate (TRIFR)* is one of the ways we measure safety performance.

Our FY23 TRIFR was 3.7, a 12% improvement compared to the previous year. Our FY24 TRIFR target is 3.4.




* TRIFR is measured per million hours worked and includes both employee incidents and hours worked, and contractor incidents and hours provided to Cleanaway.

Female Participation

Throughout FY23, we made significant progress in increasing the number of females employed across Cleanaway; however, we acknowledge there is more work to be done.

Females in operational roles increased to 10.0%, up from 7.4% in the previous year. Similarly, the overall proportion of females employed at Cleanaway increased to 22.8%, up from 20.8% in the prior year.

40:40 Vision gender balance
Our target is 40% females at CEO+1 by 2027 and 40% females at CEO+2 by 2030.
We are on track to our targets with CEO +1 at 33% in FY23 and CEO+2 at 36% in FY23.

Greenhouse Gas Emissions

One of the ways we are contributing to a better climate future is by reducing our greenhouse gas emissions. This in turn allows us to deliver lower carbon services to our customers. We are prioritising greenhouse gas emission reductions that are both readily addressable and material to our footprint. For Cleanaway, that means initially focusing on reducing methane emissions from our landfills through improved landfill gas capture.

Total adjusted gross greenhouse gas emissions reduced by 9% from FY22


* Adjusted to reflect the full-year ownership of Global Renewables Holdings Pty Ltd (GRL) and Sydney Resource Network (SRN) assets acquired during the reporting period and comparative year.

What we recovered 

Each year we play a vital role in enabling Australia’s circular economy. We work closely with our partners to ensure high quality resources are recovered from waste and returned to the value chain. We see ourselves as leaders in setting high-circularity and low-carbon targets.


Paper and cardboard recovered


Plastic recovered


Steel and aluminium


Containers processed via CDS* *Collected through Container Deposit Schemes in NSW, QLD, WA and SA


Used oil recovered


Landfill gas captured


Recyclables sold throughout FY23


Of renewable energy generated

Sustainable Development Goals
Our priority SDGs

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are 17 interlinked global goals that act as a blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future. The SDGs were established in 2015 by the United Nations General Assembly and are intended to be achieved by 2030. Whilst Cleanaway recognises the importance and interdependence of all 17 goals, we have identified and prioritised eight core SDGs most relevant to our business that we can contribute to.

Awards and Recognition
Previous Sustainability Reports
Download our previous Sustainability Reports here.