Cleanaway wins WARR awards for Workplace of the Year and Operational Excellence

Cleanaway wins WARR awards for Workplace of the Year and Operational Excellence

Cleanaway won the Workplace of the Year and Operational Excellence awards at the Waste and Resource Recovery Awards 2019 in Sydney.

Industry Updates

November 15, 2019

Highlights

“When we relaunched Our Cleanaway Way to the business and saw the way people connected with the united mission, vision and values, we knew it was worthwhile.” EGM Human Resources Johanna Birgersson

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“When we relaunched Our Cleanaway Way to the business and saw the way people connected with the united mission, vision and values, we knew it was worthwhile.” EGM Human Resources Johanna Birgersson

Last night, Cleanaway was awarded the Workplace of the Year and Operational Excellence awards at the Waste and Resource Recovery Awards (WARR) hosted by Waste Management and Resource Recovery Association of Australia (WMRR) and Inside Waste.

Pictured from left to right from Cleanaway: Engineering Manager NSW Paul Antony, Commercial Finance Manager NSW Greg Mitchell, EGM Liquid Waste & Health Services (LHS) and Industrial Waste Services (IWS) Tim Richards, Business Unit Administration Manager Kirby Mayers, GM Solid Waste Services NSW/ACT David Clancy, Business Unit Customer Service Manager Kass Goddard, GM Hydrocarbons Blake Senior, Regional Sales Manager Paul Grentell

At a gala dinner held in Sydney’s Maritime Museum, representatives from Cleanaway joined other experts from the waste and resource recovery sector to celebrate the most outstanding contributions from the industry across 10 awards categories and a record breaking 88 nominations.

Cleanaway Workplace of the Year

Pictured: Tim Richards with the Workplace of the Year award

 

Workplace of the Year award

In the Workplace of the Year category, we were proud to be recognised for progressive policies aimed at building a talented and engaged workforce through our Diversity and Inclusion Policy and ‘Innovate’ Reconciliation Action Plan. The commitment to creating a culture that embraces diversity makes Cleanaway a more flexible, productive, creative and competitive business, and better able to adapt to change in the industry.

To nurture the next generation of leaders, we opened our doors to graduates from key disciplines such as engineering, science and logistics through the Cleanaway Graduate Program. The program offers vital hands-on experience and insight into the waste management industry through first-class training and mentorship.

Aligning a workforce of almost 6,000 people would not be possible without a cohesive culture. Our refreshed “Our Cleanaway Way” helped employees unify under a common set of values to achieve Cleanaway’s mission and vision.

Executive General Manager Human Resources Johanna Birgersson elaborates, “We spent a lot of time focusing on how to welcome 1,500 team members into our business as part of the integration of Toxfree and Daniels Health. It was very important to us that people joining Cleanaway as well as all of our existing employees felt connected to the values they had come from.”

“This was a challenging process but when we relaunched Our Cleanaway Way to the business and saw the way people connected with the united mission, vision and values, we knew it was worthwhile.”

“Having our first and second Reconciliation Action Plans, ‘Reflect’ and ‘Innovate’ endorsed by Reconciliation Australia were really proud moments for me and we’ve been able to progress change through our Diversity and Inclusion Policy.”

Cleanaway Blake Senion wins WARR award
Pictured: Blake Senior receiving the Operational Excellence Award

 

Operational Excellence Award

Our Hydrocarbons team was recognised for leading the way in recycled oil treatment in Australia through in-house expertise, ongoing operational and equipment improvements and a notable safety record across our key refineries in Rutherford, Wetherill Park and Narangba.

Reflecting on the team’s proudest achievement, General Manager Hydrocarbons Blake Senior says, “I get to work with an outstanding group of people that are relentless in their drive for excellence. It’s motivating to be a part of it, and it makes you strive for your best.”

“The improvements we’ve made have also delivered a significant reduction in repair and maintenance activities coupled with the reduction in plant stoppages.”

“I am also very proud of our dynamic team for consistently demonstrating their commitment to safety through the way they go about their work, and regularly communicating about the continuous improvement initiatives that allow them to achieve better performance.”

“The net impact of the relentless focus on operational excellence is clearly quantifiable and auditable across safety, productivity, quality and financial metrics.”

For every safety milestone achieved, the team celebrates by giving back to the community through charities such the Starlight Foundation who recently received a donation to mark 300 days without any reportable incidents at our Narangba Refinery.

Cleanaway was named as finalist in four categories at the awards including the Outstanding Facility Award for Erskine Park Transfer Station and Leader of the Year Award for General Manager Solid Waste Services David Clancy.

The WARR Awards recognises organisations and individuals who are going to great lengths to improve and grow the industry. The Waste Management and Resource Recovery Association of Australia (WMRR) is the national peak body for the waste and resource recovery industry with a membership that includes industry and commerce, local and state government, equipment and service providers, and individual members.

Read this article for a full list of award winners.

Contact us to learn more about how we make a sustainable future possible through our diverse and talented workforce.

2019 engineering and infrastructure highlights

2019 engineering and infrastructure highlights

Every cell in a landfill is carefully engineered to maximise compaction and eliminate potential environmental impact

Industry Updates

November 4, 2019

Highlights

“There are so many incredible success stories that could have only been accomplished by our very own high performing team.” Cleanaway Group Engineering Manager Luis Rodriguez

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“There are so many incredible success stories that could have only been accomplished by our very own high performing team.” Cleanaway Group Engineering Manager Luis Rodriguez

by Luis Rodriguez
Cleanaway Group Engineering Manager

As the end of 2019 approaches, upon reflection of what was (and is) a very busy year, there are so many incredible success stories that could have only been accomplished by our very own high performing team. I am very proud of what we have accomplished and below are just a few of our key wins.

Alla Abou Anton, Oscar Sendin Henderson, Kristy Barnes and Nicholas Gifford have all delivered numerous highly engineered landfill cells, Louis Sparks delivered a bespoke Tailings Storage Facility and both Thomas Gallasch and Paul Antony have successfully increased the capacity of their landfills through amazing design and community engagement, amongst many other key projects.

It was great to be recognised by Cleanaway’s EGM Solid Waste Services Mark Crawford who congratulated Alaa and the Operations and Engineering team for their remarkable results in the past year.

Of course, this could not have been done without the help of our strategic partners including consultants, contractors as well as our internal stakeholders including Procurement, Operations and Environment.

Really great work everyone! Thank you.

New bespoke Tailings Facility – Dardanup, WA

tailings facility

Delivery of our first tailings

The robust design for the optimisation of our landfill has seen both DES (EPA) and SARA (State) approval – New Chum, QLD

Completion of our highly engineered landfill cell 3A – New Chum, QLD

Completion of one of our highly engineered landfill cell 4b2 – Melbourne Regional Landfill, VIC

Learn more about the role of landfills in waste management in this article.

Contact us to know more about how we make a sustainable future possible for communities and industry.

Welcoming the SKM team to the Cleanaway family

Welcoming the SKM team to the Cleanaway family

The opening of the Laverton and Derwent Park facilities follows the successful acquisition of SKM Recycling Group’s assets.

Industry Updates

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“The acquisition will provide Cleanaway with a strong recycling platform in Victoria and Tasmania and is an important part of our Footprint 2025 Strategy” Cleanaway CEO and Managing Director Vik Bansal

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“The acquisition will provide Cleanaway with a strong recycling platform in Victoria and Tasmania and is an important part of our Footprint 2025 Strategy” Cleanaway CEO and Managing Director Vik Bansal

Friday, 1 November was Day One at our newly operational Laverton and Derwent Park Material Recovery Facilities (MRF) as we welcomed 130 new team members from SKM Recycling Group. Celebratory barbecues were held at Laverton North and Derwent Park with welcome gifts for the new team members and Cleanaway blue represented throughout the sites.

Opening Laverton MRF Cleanaway

Pictured from left to right: Project Manager Andree Wans, Senior Health and Safety Business Partner Sue Julius and Head of Environment and Regulatory Compliance Richard Pittard.

The opening of the facilities follows the completion of the acquisition of SKM assets today after a successful bid in October.

The network includes three MRFs and a transfer station in Victoria and a MRF in Tasmania. The site in Laverton North, Victoria hosts an advanced plastic sorting facility that separates plastics into clean, individual polymer grade for sale or input into a pelletising facility. The acquisition also includes two properties in South Australia that will be sold. Both the Laverton North and Derwent Park sites are now operational, with Coolaroo, Hallam and Geelong sites expected to be operational at the beginning of December 2019.

Derwent Park Material Recovery Facility, Tasmania

Pictured: The Cleanaway team at Derwent Park Material Recovery Facility, Tasmania

Laverton MRF and Plastics Recovery Facility

Pictured: The Cleanaway team at Laverton MRF and Plastics Recovery Facility

Material Recovery Facility at Laverton

Pictured: A sorting line inside the Material Recovery Facility at Laverton

In announcing the acquisition, Cleanaway CEO and Managing Director, Vik Bansal said: “The acquisition will provide Cleanaway with a strong recycling platform in Victoria and Tasmania and is an important part of our Footprint 2025 strategy.”

“There has been significant progress made in removing waste stockpiles and gradually returning the sites to operations over recent months. We have developed a robust operational plan for integrating SKM’s recycling assets into our existing network which we will now implement. Some of the key aspects of the plan are improving operating standards at the sites, entering into agreements with municipal councils to restore municipal recycling services across Victoria as well as creating employment opportunities for employees at the sites.”

“We will work closely with municipal councils that utilise these facilities to ensure that the materials collected are appropriate for recycling and can be processed into commodities that can be reused. The services will be provided to municipal councils at a commercial rate which reflect the true cost of providing these services.”

“Over the coming months we will look to optimise operations at the sites, which will result in an increase in the capacity of recyclable materials that can be processed and production of higher quality commodities for sale on local and global markets. This is consistent with our mission of making a sustainable future possible.”

Footprint 2025 is Cleanaway’s roadmap to ensure Australia has the right infrastructure in place to support growing communities in managing their waste while maximising resource recovery.

Learn more about our network of state-of-the-art and strategically-located prized assets delivering some of the most advanced resource recovery capabilities across Australia.

Cleanaway announced as finalists in 2019 WARR Awards

Cleanaway announced as finalists in 2019 WARR Awards

Cleanaway is shortlisted as finalists in four major categories for workplace, operational, facility and leadership excellence.

Industry Updates

October 23, 2019

Highlights

“It’s pleasing to see what players in the industry have been working on and excelling at over the last 12 months, and how they’ve been innovating.” WMRR CEO Gayle Sloan

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“It’s pleasing to see what players in the industry have been working on and excelling at over the last 12 months, and how they’ve been innovating.” WMRR CEO Gayle Sloan

Cleanaway is proud to be shortlisted in multiple categories for the 2019 Waste and Resource Recovery Awards (WARR). It’s been an exciting period for Cleanaway with the integration of Toxfree and Daniels Health, and further progress for our Footprint 2025 strategy with critical infrastructure assets providing resource recovery and waste solutions around the country.

As finalists in the WARR Workplace of the Year category, Cleanaway is recognised for the rollout of our refreshed “Our Cleanaway Way” toolkit which aligns the newly integrated business around a shared mission, vision and values. We’re also proud of our range of Diversity and Inclusion initiatives including progress in our reconciliation journey with the Innovate RAP.

Some of the other ways we’re creating a more inclusive workplace is our female drivers campaign where we’ve been sharing stories from around the business. Hear more from drivers Sinead, Nanise and Kat who are leading the way for women in waste.

Our Hydrocarbons business unit is shortlisted for the Operational Excellence Award for achieving fantastic operational and safety results – leading a standard for the organisation across their key sites including Rutherford Refinery, Wetherill Park Refinery and Narangba. The team were recently awarded an internal Best in Class Safety award for achieving a Total Recordable Injury Frequency Rate (TRIFR) of zero in Financial Year 2019.

Cleanaway Awards Blake Senior

Pictured above: Cleanaway CEO and Managing Director, Vik Bansal with General Manager Hydrocarbons, Blake Senior

The team’s commercial and operational performance excellence is made possible by long run lengths and reduced downtime. Steady operation and ongoing equipment improvements mean lower maintenance costs which can be redirected back to other improvements and initiatives.

Our Erskine Park Transfer Station is up for the Outstanding Facility Award which is given to an infrastructure project delivered on time and budget, responsibly planned and developed, and meets world-class standards using innovative approaches and technologies. Erskine Park is another milestone in our Footprint 2025 strategy that combines traditional waste transfer with cutting edge sorting facilities to recover more material and optimise landfill diversion.

In particular, the team focused on working closely with the community to understand and address concerns through the design phase. Odour management through containment using fast-acting roller doors, dilution of extracted air using high-speed fans, and emission control are all ways the new facility operates to reduce impact on the local community and environment.

General Manager Solid Waste Services NSW David Clancy is nominated for the Leader of the Year award, which is given to a senior-level individual who has effectively shaped their business’ success, delivered financial growth, positively impacted the business’ culture and championed the industry.

In his role as General Manager David has championed targeted waste stream solutions to optimise landfill diversion and maximise the quality of material in a stream. Specifically, David has been critical in the development and success of the Container Deposit Scheme. He provided critical insights and engaged with a range of stakeholders including government and EPA, joint venture partners and the community, supporting a complex and fast-paced roll-out.

WARR recognises the leading innovations, operations, and personalities in the waste sector with an independent panel of judges of more than 30 experts spending two weeks reviewing the nominations before agreeing on a short-list of three finalists across 10 categories.

The winners will be announced at the WARR Awards and Gala Dinner on Thursday, 14 November 2019 hosted by the WMRR and Inside Waste at Sydney’s Maritime Museum. Cleanaway’s Jodi Wright, Head of Engineering, Solid Waste Services will be one of the judges deciding the winner of the Outstanding WARR Project: Regional/Rural category.

Contact us to learn more about how we make a sustainable future possible through our expert and diverse workforce and industry-leading solutions.

The road to a circular economy

The road to a circular economy

Cleanaway welcomes the move by government to ban the export of recyclables. What else can be done to support a domestic recycling economy?

Industry Updates

October 15, 2019

Highlights

“For the first time ever, COAG has put waste at the forefront of the agenda. This represents a fundamental shift in how we as a society are thinking about waste.” – Vik Bansal, Cleanaway CEO and Managing Director

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“For the first time ever, COAG has put waste at the forefront of the agenda. This represents a fundamental shift in how we as a society are thinking about waste.” – Vik Bansal, Cleanaway CEO and Managing Director

Council of Australian Governments’ (COAG) plan to ban the exports of waste plastic, paper, glass and tyres while developing Australia’s capacity to generate high value recycled commodities is a win for the circular economy in Australia. COAG recently announced it would establish a timetable to implement the plan following consultation with industry stakeholders.

“For the first time ever, COAG has put waste at the forefront of the agenda. This represents a fundamental shift in how we as a society are thinking about waste – from a linear ‘take-make-dispose’ model to a circular model instead,” said Cleanaway CEO and Managing Director Vik Bansal in welcoming the announcement of the export ban.

“It’s important that consumers and industry see waste as a high value commodity that has tremendous potential to be reintroduced into the economy.”

“The use of modern resource recovery facilities and alternative waste treatment technologies are coming to the fore, and rightly so. It’s time to have the conversation not just about “what is the dream for Australia’s recycling?” but “what do we do to get there?” The creation of a domestic recycling economy is the only way Australia’s going to manage our waste, and now’s the best time to do it,” Vik added.

 

What does a recycling export ban mean for recycling in Australia?

Industry stakeholders agree that more has to be done to make a meaningful impact including:

  • federal and state-level support in reprocessing and remanufacturing infrastructure
  • procurement targets for government spending on recycled materials
  • public sector purchasing of recycled content products
  • incentives for domestic use of recyclable commodities, including tax credits for manufacturers and removing regulatory barriers
  • standardisation of waste levies and recycling rules
  • reducing contamination in recycling bins through public education

According to the Australian Council of Recycling (ACOR), if the 4.5m tonnes of recyclables currently sent overseas could be integrated into a domestic circular economy, it would create an estimated 5,000 extra jobs, a 10% increase on current numbers.

ACOR’s CEO Pete Schmigel said, “If there are no new and sustainable markets established for the 4.5 million tonnes of currently exported material, there will only be the option of domestic disposal – which is highly undesirable.”

“Ministers must also remain open to alternative waste treatment and waste-to-energy where Australia only uses some 2% of its waste, which is massively below European countries, who also have much higher recycling rates.”

 

Is a domestic circular economy possible?

The opportunity is to scale existing efforts to a level where a clean, high quality supply of recyclable materials is met by ready domestic demand for its use. On the supply side, source separation is key. By sorting recyclables into common materials at the point of disposal, we prevent contamination like food, liquid and soft plastics from degrading the quality of the material in the recycling stream. Quality input equals quality output, which is a further incentive for manufacturers looking to use recycled materials in remanufacturing.

Container return schemes

Container return schemes such as those implemented in South Australia, Northern Territory, New South Wales, Queensland and the ACT allow consumers to separate materials at the point of disposal, which produces a clean, high quality stream of recyclables to be used in the manufacture of new products.

New South Wales’ container deposit scheme has collected 2.2 billion containers in just 19 months since it began. Containers collected are sent to Cleanaway’s Eastern Creek Container Sorting Facility. 100% of the material going through Eastern Creek is sent for recycling and depending on the markets for recyclable commodities, up to 75% of all materials received are sold domestically which feeds into the local recycling economy.

Recycled material in onshore production and manufacturing

Source separated material through container return schemes is perfect for reuse. Glass is 100% recyclable and can be turned into new glass bottles for consumers when recycled correctly with remaining material available to be used in road base.

Increasing manufacturing of plastic containers or packaging onshore increases the demand for onshore recycled material by using pelletised plastic from locally collected plastic waste. This will incentivise the quality of plastic being collected to improve the commodity for reuse. For companies like Cleanaway, it represents an exciting opportunity to move up the resource recovery value chain.

Extracting maximum value from organic waste

Food Organics and Garden Organics (FOGO) recycling diverts organic materials from the general waste bin by providing a dedicated service. The material is collected, decontaminated and shredded to be reused as fertiliser or compost. With 14 million tonnes of organic waste coming in each year from households, commercial and industrial activities, and the construction sector, the opportunity is to recover even more than the 52% currently being recycled.

Advancements in sorting and recovery technologies have made it easier to recover nutrient-rich food waste from packaged products that were previously destined for landfill. Wholesalers such as South Australian Produce Market have increased their diversion rates by up to 70% using a combination of source separation and food depackaging technology.

A commercial packaged organics recycling service collects, separates packaged foods such as expired bread and wrapped vegetables from its packaging, and recycles the organic material into compost, mulch and other beneficial soil conditioners for reuse in agriculture.

How we help make a sustainable future possible

As sustainability partners, we work with our customers to understand their waste profile and working with the waste hierarchy to maximise waste avoidance and resource recovery. By investigating ways to reduce waste before considering disposal options, we help customers deliver not only environmental but also social and economic benefits through reduced operational and recycling costs.

Our waste health checks help customers identify wasteful practices, unlock opportunities for new revenue streams and reinforce sustainability programs within the organisation. By diving deep into rubbish bins, we identify what is being wasted and the corrective actions needed to ensure better recycling outcomes.

The waste we collect is processed in our state-of-the-art sorting, treatment and resource recovery facilities to extract maximum value before being sold to end-markets.

Learn more about our investment in resource recovery infrastructure.

Contact us to find out more about how we make a sustainable future possible through our partnerships with government, industry and communities.

Acquisition of SKM recycling assets

Acquisition of SKM recycling assets

Industry Updates

October 10, 2019

Highlights

Cleanaway Waste Management Limited (ASX:CWY) today advises it is the successful bidder for the acquisition of the assets of the SKM Recycling Group (SKM) (Receivers and Managers appointed) (Acquisition). The Acquisition follows the public sale process conducted by KordaMentha, who were appointed Receivers and Managers of SKM by Cleanaway following the acquisition of the senior secured debt in SKM, announced on 21 August 2019.

Pursuant to the Acquisition, Cleanaway will acquire the properties, plant and equipment and certain other assets of SKM for approximately $66 million, subject to customary completion adjustments. Completion of the Acquisition is expected to occur by the end of October 2019. Sale proceeds will be applied to repay Cleanaway’s senior secured debt, accrued interest and costs associated with thereceivership.

The Acquisition will provide Cleanaway with a network of five recycling sites, including three material recovery facilities and a transfer station in Victoria and a material recovery facility in Tasmania. The site in Laverton North, Victoria includes an advanced plastic sorting facility which separates plastics from material recovery facilities into clean, individual polymer grades for sale or input into a pelletising facility. The Acquisition will also include two properties in South Australia which are not currently expected to form part of future operations and may be sold.

The properties that will be acquired by Cleanaway pursuant to the Acquisition have a current combined market value of approximately $50 million. Cleanaway expects to offer employment to the majority of SKM’s full time employees.

Commenting on the Acquisition, Cleanaway CEO and Managing Director Vik Bansal said: “Since the appointment of Receivers and Managers, significant progress has been made in clearing waste stockpiles from the sites, repairing plant and equipment and bringing the sites to required safety, environmental and operational standards. We expect to gradually restore operations in Victoria over the coming months to provide councils with a quality, sustainable solution for their recycling.

“I would like to acknowledge and thank the Victorian government who helped expedite the clearing of waste stockpiles and the return to operations at the Laverton North site through the loan provided to the Receivers.

“The Acquisition provides Cleanaway with a strong recycling platform in Victoria and Tasmania as part of our Footprint 2025 strategy and our mission of making a sustainable future possible.

“The recycling sector is undergoing significant structural changes with a move to increase recycling within Australia to support a transition towards a circular economy. The Acquisition provides us with the infrastructure to capitalise on the growth opportunities created by these changes.”

The Acquisition is not expected to contribute materially to earnings during the current financial year.

Media and investor enquiries:
Frank Sufferini – 0416 241 501

Welcoming our electric vehicle fleet in WA

Welcoming our electric vehicle fleet in WA

We rolled out our fleet of fully electric, zero emissions vehicles in WA that reduces our footprint and noise levels on the road.

Industry Updates

October 9, 2019

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"Over the coming weeks we'll be conducting trials in our local municipal council areas to ensure our electric vehicles meet customer expectations," Racine Ogborne Customer Service & Administration Manager

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"Over the coming weeks we'll be conducting trials in our local municipal council areas to ensure our electric vehicles meet customer expectations," Racine Ogborne Customer Service & Administration Manager

Cleanaway are proud to launch our fleet of fully electric, zero emissions kerbside waste collections vehicles in WA. Regional Manager, Solid Waste Services, WA, Daniel Le Provost said that the vehicles reduce carbon footprint and noise levels on the road without impacting service levels. “This is a true example of how Cleanaway are making a sustainable future possible,”

The electric vehicles can travel up to 120km and do a full run before it needs to be recharged. It also features a drive system that generates electricity when braking – reducing repair and maintenance costs, and the consumption of other parts like brake pads.

Contact us to learn more about how we’re making a sustainable future possible through our industry-leading waste management solutions.

Cleanaway Daniels comes together to make a safe, sustainable future possible

Cleanaway Daniels comes together to make a safe, sustainable future possible

Cleanaway Daniels is the new name in healthcare services making a safe, sustainable future possible

Industry Updates - Our Services

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Cleanaway Daniels offers our customers a total waste management solution that is tailored specifically to your facilities' unique waste journey, without compromising on safety or environmental sustainability.

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Cleanaway Daniels offers our customers a total waste management solution that is tailored specifically to your facilities' unique waste journey, without compromising on safety or environmental sustainability.

In 2018 Cleanaway and Daniels joined forces to offer Australia’s most comprehensive healthcare waste solutions. To reflect our combined presence and expanded services, we’re proud to introduce Cleanaway Daniels – the new name in healthcare services bringing together cutting-edge collector and disposal technology with industry-leading total waste management, recycling and environmental services.

The Cleanaway Daniels difference

Our unrivalled national infrastructure allows us to service healthcare facilities of all sizes. From small surgical centres, dental and veterinary clinics to large laboratories, universities and multi-campus hospitals, our products and services are customised to meet the needs of each facility while optimising environmental outcomes through our innovative clinical waste disposal systems.

This includes the Sharpsmart sharps management system which is safety engineered to eliminate the risk of container-related sharps injury, reduce infection transfer while minimising environmental impact. Since 1999 it is estimated that Sharpsmart containers have saved more than 20,000 Australian healthcare workers from needlestick injuries.

Sharpsmart reusable containers eliminates over 940,000kgs of disposable sharps containers from landfill each year, reducing plastic waste by 2,100 kgs and cardboard waste by 150 kgs for every 100 occupied beds.

Reusable sharps containers are collected and sanitised at our state-of-the-art facilities using Washsmart – a fully automated, robotic system used for decanting, washing, sanitising and drying the containers.

This innovation minimises the need for human intervention in the sanitising process, reducing the risk of disease or injury and achieving a higher sanitisation result than any other container washing method. Washsmart achieves a 6-log bacterial load reduction, which is a 4x higher sanitation than required by the CDC in the United States.

Safe, sustainable waste management solutions

Cleanaway Daniels collects and disposes of all clinical, anatomical, cytotoxic and related waste, including sharps, medicines, human and animal tissue and other types of solid and liquid biomedical waste. We handle all healthcare-related waste streams including:

  • Sharps such as scalpels, blades, hypodermic needles, lancets, broken capillary tubes, broken rigid plastic, and culture slides
  • Chemotherapy waste such as full IV bags, bottles, tubing, needles and other containers and tubing that contain trace amounts of chemotherapy drugs
  • Regulated Medical Waste (RWM) – all waste contaminated with blood, body fluids, potentially infectious materials

We clean, sterilise and dispose of every waste product according to Australian EPA standards for safety and compliance through our regulated treatment and disposal technologies including:

  • Autoclaves – a highly pressurised machine that sterilises and kills microbial flora and fauna through moisture and heat
  • Incinerators – automated processing method for the treatment of pharmaceutical and cytotoxic waste to destroy pathogens and toxins
  • Cleanaway Daniels Medismart – a high speed hammermill that uses hammers and cutters to crush, grind, chip or shred solid waste

As a total waste management services provider, Cleanaway Daniels offers a complete range of ancillary waste collection and recycling services with multiple bin sizes, pickup and treatment options that focus on maximising resource recovery. These include:

  • General waste
  • Commingled recycling
  • Cardboard and paper recycling
  • Organic food waste recycling
  • E-waste recycling including batteries, fluorescent tubes, printer and toner cartridges
  • Biosecurity waste and secure produce destruction
  • PVC recycling

Contact us to learn more about how we are making a safe and sustainable future possible for the healthcare sector.

Delivering a world-class collections network for NSW’s Return and Earn

Delivering a world-class collections network for NSW’s Return and Earn

TOMRA Cleanaway delivers a world class container deposit network, managed in real time, ensuring efficient and convenient customer access.

Industry Updates

October 7, 2019

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As a litter reduction initiative, Return and Earn encourages correct disposal of drinks containers which were previously a common litter item.

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As a litter reduction initiative, Return and Earn encourages correct disposal of drinks containers which were previously a common litter item.

Updated: December 2019

CEO TOMRA CleanawayMore than 2.4 billion eligible drink containers have been returned since the commencement of New South Wales’ (NSW) Container Deposit Scheme – Return and Earn.

At Waste Expo 2019 in Victoria, James Dorney, CEO of TOMRA Cleanaway, the Network Operator of the NSW Scheme, provided an overview of the key achievements of the scheme, and opportunities for further improvement as the second anniversary approaches.

By James Dorney – CEO TOMRA Cleanaway

NSW’s Return and Earn has demonstrated significant growth over the past 12 months. In a June 2019 survey of NSW citizens over 80% of respondents voiced their support for the scheme with more than half of them using Return and Earn regularly.

Through the efforts of residents and businesses in NSW, over 1.5 billion containers have been returned in 2019 alone and we estimate that 3 billion containers will be collected in total by the end of the year.

Supporting these volumes requires scale and reach, as provided by TOMRA Cleanaway through our investment in a world-class container deposit network, managed in real time, while ensuring efficient and convenient customer access.

 

Convenient, accessible collection points

A key ingredient to a successful collections network is providing easy access to return points. To this end, the convenient and strategically located reverse vending machines (RVMs) form the backbone of the Return and Earn collections network. These self-service machines are a great way to return smaller quantities of containers, up to 500 in any one transaction. Positioned in customer-centric locations that leverage citizens existing behaviours, such as shopping centre carparks, our RVM sites offer a service level of more than 95% availability 15 hours per day, seven days per week.

Over-the-counter return points, hosted by partners such as Vinnies has also proven to be popular with the community. As of June 2019, Vinnies has processed more than 42 million containers through its bulk container deposit centres, known as Automated Depots (ADs) and over-the-counter collections at selected retail shops.

Automated Depots have continued to play a role in processing bulk container volumes at high speed. ADs have been opened strategically across the state in areas such as Newcastle, Wagga Wagga and most recently in Grafton, bringing the total number of ADs within our network to 25.

Altogether, TOMRA Cleanaway has deployed a network of 645 return points across NSW Return and Earn Container Deposit Scheme including RVMs, ADs and over-the-counter sites.

 

State-of-the-art sorting and processing infrastructure

Cleanaway’s network of more than 200 trucks and drivers service between 2,200 to 3,000 clearances a day, delivering containers to Cleanaway’s Eastern Creek Container Sorting Facility for further processing.

This state-of-the-art facility includes a $7 million investment in plant and machinery, making use of TOMRA Sorting Solutions scanning technology to separate the various material streams.

The clean, source separated material is a highly valued commodity stream with tremendous potential to be reused in remanufacturing. After being sorted and baled, 100% of all materials that come through the facility are sent to recyclers to be turned into new products.

 

Delivering on the triple bottom line of sustainability

As a litter reduction initiative, Return and Earn encourages correct disposal of drinks containers which were previously a common litter item, achieving a 57% reduction in drinks container litter in just 18 months of operation.

Additional ticks for the economic and environmental bottom lines are achieved when recycled containers become part of a circular economy, extending the use of existing materials, reducing reliance on natural resources while stimulating the domestic recycling economy. TOMRA Cleanaway’s delivery of Return and Earn has also resulted in the direct employment of more than 700 citizens, with a large number of these jobs in regional NSW.

Return and Earn has also delivered significant social benefits to the community with over 350 community groups and charities direct beneficiaries of Return and Earn donations since the scheme launched. Many community groups and individuals also use Return and Earn for informal fundraising or to supplement their income. By participating in the network as collection point operators, social enterprises such as Vinnies, Hoxton’s, Citizen Blue and Resource Recovery Australia have returned benefits to their broader stakeholders.

TOMRA Cleanaway is proud of what we have achieved to date, in partnership with the NSW Government and scheme coordinator Exchange for Change. We look forward to even more participation from the citizens of New South Wales, who are the principal stakeholders of Return and Earn.

For more information about Return and Earn, visit NSW EPA’s Return and Earn site and social channels:

Facebook: @returnandearn (https://www.facebook.com/ReturnandEarn/)
Instagram: @returnandearnnsw
Twitter: @NSWGovCDS
Website: returnandearn.org.au

James spoke at Waste Expo Australia 2019 on “NSW Return and Earn: Towards 3 billion collections”. Waste Expo is the largest free to attend conference and exhibition for the waste management and wastewater treatment industries bringing together over 4,000 customers and suppliers from around Australia and beyond.

Contact us to learn more about how we make a sustainable future possible through our partnerships with government, industry and communities across Australia.

Cleanaway at Waste & Recycle Conference 2019

Cleanaway at Waste & Recycle Conference 2019

Meet the Cleanaway experts who are making a sustainable future possible with industry-leading waste management solutions

Industry Updates

September 20, 2019

Highlights

Cleanaway will be presenting at the conference and exhibiting at our Cleanaway booth. Join us for the latest on waste management and recycling from our panel of experts.

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Highlights

Cleanaway will be presenting at the conference and exhibiting at our Cleanaway booth. Join us for the latest on waste management and recycling from our panel of experts.

Cleanaway is proud to be Gold Sponsor of WA’s Waste & Recycle Conference in Crown Perth this 25-26 September.

The conference is hosted by the Waste Management and Resource Recovery Association of Australia (WMRR), Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (DWER), and Western Australian Local Government Association (WALGA) and is the largest gathering of thought leaders, educators and industry professionals in WA’s waste and resource recovery sector

The conference theme this year is ‘Whose WARR is it anyway?’, identifying the roles and responsibilities of the multiple stakeholders in Australia’s resource recovery ecosystem.

Cleanaway will be presenting at the conference and exhibiting at our Cleanaway booth. Join us for the latest on waste management and recycling from our panel of experts which includes:

Donna James – Technical and Environmental Services

Donna James CleanawayDonna James is the Business Development Manager for Cleanaway Technical and Environmental Services (TES) in Perth. Donna has been with Cleanaway for over 12 years providing solutions to hazardous, chemical and complex waste problems. Donna specialises in the Household Hazardous Waste program and is a strong advocate for the safe and correct disposal of these waste types. Donna will be at the Cleanaway booth at the conference.

Learn more about how Donna and Cleanaway’s Technical and Environmental Services team collected aerosols, paint, batteries and other unwanted or expired products deemed too hazardous for the general or recycling bins in Kwinana recently.

Daniel Le Provost – Municipal and Post Collections

Daniel is the State Municipal Manager for Cleanaway’s Municipal and Post Collections Businesses in WA. He has worked in the waste and recycling industry for over 10 years, prior to which he was employed as a qualified solicitor. Daniel holds a Bachelor of Laws as well as a Bachelor of Science (Environmental Science), both of which serve him well in assisting our municipal customers to achieve mutually beneficial outcomes. Daniel also manages our Education Department to ensure we provide the most effective education services in the industry.

Daniel regularly presents to industry and communities on issues affecting the waste and recycling industry. He is also the WA representative on the Technical Advisory Committee for the Australasian Packaging Label which provides guidance to consumers and manufacturers as to the recyclability of each packaging type.

Listen to Daniel explain what can and cannot be put in the yellow recycling bin in this interview with ABC Radio Perth.

James Dorney – CEO of TOMRA Cleanaway

TOMRA Cleanaway is the Network Operator for the New South Wales Container Deposit Scheme and is a 50:50 Joint Venture between TOMRA and Cleanaway.

Before joining TOMRA Cleanaway, James was CEO of Autocare Services (majority owned by Brookfield Infrastructure) and his role prior to this was as General Manager of Patrick Port Logistics (part of ASX listed Asciano).

James has an Economics Degree and a Law Degree from the University of Sydney, and an MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management.
James will be speaking on “CDS Network Operations in NSW – the TOMRA Cleanaway experience”. In his presentation, James will provide an overview of key achievements, learnings, and opportunities for further improvement leading into the second anniversary of Return and Earn.

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Daniel Lloyd – Industrial Services

Perth Metro Operations Supervisor Daniel Lloyd represents our Industrial Services division. Daniel has been with Cleanaway for six years. He started as an Industrial Chemist in our Liquids division, moved into operations roles, then joined Industrial Services in 2018. Our Industrial Services division provide custom cleaning solutions and removal of all kinds of liquid and solid wastes and sludges.

If you have any questions on disposal of bulk liquids, solids or sludge, non-destructive digging, high pressure water cleaning or other custom cleaning solutions stop by our booth to meet Daniel.

Visit wasteandrecycle.net.au for more information on the Waste and Recycle Conference 2019.

Contact us to learn more about how we’re making a sustainable future possible though our partnerships with industry and regulators.