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Closing NAIDOC Week at the NAIDOC Perth Ball 2019

Closing NAIDOC Week at the NAIDOC Perth Ball 2019

We recently attended NAIDOC Perth Ball 2019 - the culmination to a month of festivities honouring NAIDOC Week

Partnerships

July 31, 2019

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"A number of staff from the office assisted with the ticketing at the beginning of the event which was a lot of fun. It was great to meet and speak to all those attending." Sheree Giffin Executive Assistant to Damian Burton

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"A number of staff from the office assisted with the ticketing at the beginning of the event which was a lot of fun. It was great to meet and speak to all those attending." Sheree Giffin Executive Assistant to Damian Burton

The NAIDOC Perth Ball is the finale to NAIDOC Week in Perth. As Platinum Sponsors of NAIDOC Perth for a third-year in a row, Cleanaway were proud to be a part of the event to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

NAIDOC Ball

The NAIDOC Perth Ball was held at the Grand Ballroom at Crown Perth Burswood on 13 July 2019 and brought together NAIDOC members, sponsors, and supporters.

NAIDOC Damian Burton

The Federal Minister for Indigenous Affairs Ken Wyatt kicked off the event with a speech followed by NAIDOC Perth committee members. General Manager Solid Waste Services WA, Damian Burton also represented Cleanaway as Platinum Sponsor in his speech to honour the occasion.

The evening was filled with outstanding performances that included Indigenous dancers, the presentation of Beau, Belle, Lady and Gentleman of the Ball, comedy performances, band performances and a disc jockey set to end the night on a high note.

The Cleanaway team in WA was out in full force to support the event, with a number of staff assisting with ticketing at the beginning of the event.

Cleanaway representatives in attendance included Executive Assistant to the General Manager Sheree Giffin, Commercial Finance Manager Anne McMillan, Administrator Renee Van Den Bussch, State Municipal Manager Daniel Le Provost, Head of HR Services Kelly Rothwell, Site Supervisor Tammy O’Connor, Recruitment Coordinator Sarah Costello and Customer Service and Administration Manager Racine Ogborne.

Congratulations to NAIDOC Perth for a successful month of events honouring the contributions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders to Australia’s culture.

For more information about NAIDOC visit www.naidoc.org.au or www.naidocperth.org.au.

Find out more about Cleanaway’s commitment to making a sustainable future possible for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in our Reconciliation Action Plan.

A sustainable future for refugees starts with recycling lessons

A sustainable future for refugees starts with recycling lessons

Communities - Partnerships

July 18, 2019

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Recently, Cleanaway teamed up with Murray Valley Sanctuary Group (MVSRG) to conduct a recycling education session for Congolese refugees residing in the Albury/Wodonga region.

Led by Asanki Fernando, the education team introduced participants to the three-bin recycling system by demonstrating how to use the organic, recycling and general waste bins, and providing instructions for what does and does not belong in each bin.

The team also explained how waste free meals and reusable products can decrease the amount of waste produced in everyday life.

It was an especially memorable occasion for Cleanaway’s own organic sorter, Albert Kotongo, as he had the opportunity to speak in front of his community to explain what happens to the organic waste that comes through the conveyor belt and the types of contamination he sees daily as part of his job.

Albert’s presentation was very well received as he was able to speak and explain in his native language of Swahili which all the attendees understood.

The session was organised by Murray Valley Sanctuary Group (MVSRG), which was formed in 2005 to assist refugees on humanitarian visas to settle in Albury/Wodonga. MVSRG provides support and advocacy, enabling new arrivals to achieve independence and integration. This is done fairly, respecting the dignity and privacy of those needing assistance. MVSRG aims to be “A Centre for Excellence in Refugee Settlement” in the Albury/Wodonga region.

Contact us to find out more about how Cleanaway’s waste education initiatives help make a sustainable future possible across Australia.

Working together for a shared future at NAIDOC Perth Opening Ceremony 2019

Working together for a shared future at NAIDOC Perth Opening Ceremony 2019

Partnerships

July 9, 2019

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This NAIDOC Week, Cleanaway celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples through our partnership with NAIDOC Perth.

As Platinum Sponsor for a third year in a row, we are proud to be a part of NAIDOC Perth’s series of events including Miss NAIDOC Perth, the NAIDOC Perth Awards, the upcoming NAIDOC Perth Ball and the recently concluded NAIDOC Perth Opening Ceremony. Our support includes contributing time, commitment and energy to the events held throughout the week.

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The Opening Ceremony marked the start of NAIDOC Week celebrations in Perth and was held on 7 July at the Supreme Court Gardens.

The event started with a Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremony by the Whadjuk Noongar Elders and showcased local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, performers and dancers throughout the day.

naidoc performers

There were also activities and performances for children, a free sausage sizzle, community stalls and even a Youth Fashion presentation.

naidoc children performers

The Cleanaway team were out in full force to support the event and included Cleanaway General Manager Solid Waste Services WA Damian Burton, Executive Assistant Sheree Giffin, Customer Master Data Administator Leanne Weston, Business Development Manager Julia Noakes, Branch Manager Bhavna Tourl, State Municipal Manager Daniel Le Provost, Education Officer Lisa Mansfield and Head of HR Services Kelly Rothwell – who contributed their time and effort towards making the event a success.

Pictured from left to right: Cleanaway Head of HR Services Kelly Rothwell, State Municipal Manager Daniel Le Provost, Education Officer Lisa Mansfield

Kelly was honoured to lend her support to the event and said, “It is a privilege to support NAIDOC Perth as a team and sponsor. In line with this year’s theme – Voice, Treaty, Truth, let’s work together for a shared future – we are working together to celebrate the heritage and culture of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders while continuing our commitment to Reconciliation.

Pictured: Cleanaway tent with recycling quiz and kids colouring area

cleanaway bins at naidoc

Pictured: The sun setting on the NAIDOC Perth Opening Ceremony and on some of our Cleanaway bins

The theme for this year’s NAIDOC Week, “Voice. Treaty. Truth.” are the three key elements to the reforms set out in the Uluru Statement from the Heart and represent the unified position of First Nations Australians.

For more information about NAIDOC Week visit www.naidoc.org.au or for NAIDOC events in Perth visit www.naidocperth.org.au.

Find out more about Cleanaway’s commitment to making a sustainable future possible for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in our Reconciliation Action Plan.

Raising awareness at the Whale Dreamers Festival with Central Coast Council

Raising awareness at the Whale Dreamers Festival with Central Coast Council

Partnerships

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The Cleanaway Central Coast team recently participated in the annual Whale Dreamers Festival at Norah Head Lighthouse. The event aims to bring the community together to raise awareness about the plight of whales and to raise funds for conservation and research projects.

Pictured: An image of the event taken from the top of the lighthouse

Pictured: Michelle Murrell (Cleanaway Somersby Depot – Education Officer), Leesa Hajduk (Cleanaway Somersby Depot – Resource Recovery Officer) and Narelle Peterson (Central Coast Council – Senior Project Officer Waste).

Together with Central Coast Council members Narelle Peterson and Greg Finnigan, Education Officers Michelle Murrell and Leesa Hajduk were on hand to provide information about best recycling practices and how proper waste sorting can prevent contamination. Visitors who completed our recycling survey received sustainable giveaways for participating.

Pictured: A flock of visitors at the Cleanaway booth

Cleanaway Education Officer Michelle Murrell said that visitors to the booth were very engaged with the sustainability message. “The crowd was very interested in recycling, asking lots of questions not just about what can be recycled but about what happens to our recycling and where it all goes,” Michelle said.

To cap off a fun-filled and educational day, four whales were spotted putting on a spectacular show of playing and breaching at the end of the event.

About Whale Dreamers Festival

Whale Dreamers Festival was founded 14 years ago by Colette Baron, Jeannie Lawson, Nikki Freeburn and Roberta Dixon-Valk, four Central Coast activists who were determined to raise funds and public awareness about the dwindling number of East Coast whales.

The event drew 10,000 visitors last year.

Contact us to find out more about our participation in community events across Australia.

On a mission for the ocean: Cleanaway and Tangalooma EcoMarines

On a mission for the ocean: Cleanaway and Tangalooma EcoMarines

Partnerships

June 7, 2019

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Cleanaway are proud to sponsor Tangalooma EcoMarines (TEM) for a third year in a row, supporting TEM’s education programs about healthy waterways and proper waste behaviour to schools and community groups in the Brisbane River and Moreton Bay areas.

Each year, we support EcoMarines’ student ambassadors from the region with truck visits and in-school education programs led by our sustainability experts. Cleanaway also sponsor prizes for the Cleanaway Waste Warrior Challenge, an art competition where students compete to create the most imaginative art piece from common litter items found on their school grounds.

Last year, Banksia Beach State School submitted the winning entry – a jellyfish made out of 530 chip packets, bottle lids, plastic bags and other rubbish found around their school yard.

2019 marks yet another year we are supporting Tangalooma EcoMarines’s big end-of-year event, The Wave, where we celebrate the sustainability efforts of their ambassadors and students.

Bookmark the event on our Sustainable Future Calendar here.

About Tangalooma EcoMarines

TEM are a Brisbane-based not-for-profit foundation that deliver environmental education programs to schools and community groups. This program turns everyday students into waste warriors dedicated to protect the land, sea and animals of Moreton Bay and Southeast Queensland.

TEM also creates opportunities for students to link with local businesses, organisations, educators and marine experts to assist their efforts.

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

Walking on recycled glass in Albury

Walking on recycled glass in Albury

Partnerships

May 13, 2019

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Cleanaway have partnered with Jackson Earthmoving in NSW to repurpose kerbside glass waste collected and crushed at Cleanaway’s Albury Material Recovery Facility (MRF) into roads, parks and pipe bedding.

The recycled glass sand mixed with recycled concrete road base has been used to resurface the Chiltern Netball Courts in Indigo Shire and a recently completed 3.5km stretch of Spring Gully Road for Wodonga City Council. Blended with buckshot, the fine glass sand has also been used to create walking paths approximately 5km long and 2m wide, and pipe bedding for storm water pipes.

Glass recycling in action

According to Cleanaway Branch Manager David Collins, glass is one of the most recycled commodities from the household kerbside bin. It can be processed at a Material Recovery Facility (MRF) in one of two ways – positive sorting, which sorts glass into amber, flint and green to be reused in colour groups, or by crushing the glass into a fine sand to be used as road base.

Asanki Fernando David Collins

From left to right: Cleanaway Education Officer Asanki Fernando and Branch Manager David Collins

“Around 12 to 15 tonnes of glass, mainly glass bottles and jars, are recycled in our Albury MRF daily. Since 2017, Cleanaway has been crushing glass as a recycling technique – its excellent compacting qualities make it a good substitute for sand. Crushed glass sand is then blended with our recycled concrete road base and buck shot to be used for making roads, walkways and pipe bedding.” David explained.

Using recycled glass instead of digging for new material in quarries not only reduces environmental impact, it also creates more jobs for the local community.

Cleanaway Education Officer, Asanki Fernando said, “We’re raising the bar for sustainability by diverting materials that would have otherwise gone to landfill. By finding new ways to recycle and creating domestic end-markets for recyclable product, we’re stimulating the economy and doing our bit for the environment at the same time. We call this the triple-bottom line of sustainability – creating social, environmental and economic value from our operations.”

Albury Glass road recycling

The future

Investigating new end-markets for recycled products, optimising the cost to process glass sand and educating the public to recycle right are Asanki’s key areas of focus for the immediate future.

“Waste separation is one of the biggest challenges we face.” Asanki explained. “We recycle all kerbside glass that’s collected, but windscreen and window glass and other contaminants have to be removed from the material stream before it can be used.

I hope to work with our partners and councils to increase the quality of recycled materials and its use in civil works.”

Recycled glass sand is also available for use as sandblasting grit, in landscaping, as pipe bedding for pool filtration systems, insulation, plastic coating and fillers, and much more. To purchase or use fine glass sand in your projects, contact Cleanaway today.

Or find out more about how we sort kerbside recyclables at our state-of-the-art Material Recovery Facilities across Australia.

Making a difference with City of Albany’s Sustainable Heroes

Making a difference with City of Albany’s Sustainable Heroes

Partnerships

May 10, 2019

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Cleanaway has been proudly delivering waste and recycling services to the City of Albany since 2004. In line with our mission to make a sustainable future possible in the communities where we operate, we are proud to sponsor the year-long Sustainable Heroes 2019 campaign – aimed at empowering the community to make sustainable choices in their everyday lives.

The campaign features a series of videos released once a month on topics like waste reduction, battery recycling, composting and much more, as set out in the City of Albany’s Waste and Recycling Guide.

The campaign also features Albany residents who are working hard to make a difference for the environment in their given field.

Addison shows how easy it is to recycle batteries so that they don’t end up in landfill.

In launching the campaign, the city’s Waste Sustainability Officer Julie Passmore said that everyone can be a Sustainable Hero. “We know that more than 90% of Albany residents want to reduce the amount of waste going into landfill, and there are many other things we can also do to reduce our footprint on the environment,” Ms Passmore said. “The Sustainable Heroes videos show that making a difference can be fun, simple and something we can all do.”

The Sustainable Heroes videos will be available on council’s Facebook and LinkedIn pages, the City of Albany’s website and promoted through its electronic newsletter. Videos can also be accessed through the Your City pointer on the City of Albany App and posters will be displayed at key locations including the Albany Public Library, City of Albany Administration building and Fossicker’s Tip Shop. Cleanaway is also supporting the campaign through our social media channels.

Along with our sponsorship of the campaign, Cleanaway look forward to supporting sustainable future initiatives in for years to come.

Contact us to learn more about how we help make a sustainable future possible for communities across Australia.

Raising funds for Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation’s White Shirt Campaign

Raising funds for Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation’s White Shirt Campaign

Partnerships

May 8, 2019

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This morning, Cleanaway hosted a fundraiser at our St Kilda Road Head Office for World Ovarian Cancer Day.

Staff came dressed in white shirts to support the global #WhiteShirtCampaign initiative that aims to spread awareness about ovarian cancer and raise much-needed funds for research.

The HR team organised a bake off which, at the time of writing, had raised over $290 for the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation (OCRF).

OCRF is committed to furthering research into ovarian cancer – which is a disease that is currently not well understood. It aims to give women with ovarian cancer a better long-term outlook by developing a test to allow for early detection. OCRF’s research will also help improve treatment methods, so that even those diagnosed in the later stages of the disease will enjoy a better quality of life.

To make a donation to OCRF or to find out more about World Ovarian Cancer Day visit ocrf.com.au/white-shirt-day-2019.

Contact us to find out more about how we work with communities across Australia to make a sustainable future possible.

Investing in the future of resource recovery

Investing in the future of resource recovery

Partnerships

April 2, 2019

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Our banking and financing partners from the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC), Australia and New Zealand Banking Group (ANZ), Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA), Westpac Banking Corporation (Westpac), Mizuho Bank, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC), MUFG Bank, and Rabobank recently toured three of our prized infrastructure facilities in Western Sydney.

Cleanaway’s Chief Financial Officer Brendan Gill welcomed the group with updates on the Container Deposit Scheme (CDS) scheme in NSW, kerbside recycling and our recent investment in Processed Engineered Fuel.

The tour started at the Cleanaway ResourceCo Resource Recovery Facility (RRF) – a joint venture Processed Engineered Fuel facility in Wetherill Park – hosted by CEO ResourceCo Sustainable Fuels, Ben Sawley, and CFO ResourceCo, Paul Ryan. The joint venture was financed from a loan by the CEFC, and the tour was a good opportunity for our banking partners to get a first-hand look at the technology and processes involved.

The group then visited Cleanaway’s Eastern Creek Container Sorting Facility, where David Clancy, General Manager, Solid Waste Services, NSW/ACT gave an overview of the scheme and the effort that went into mobilising the project in a short time frame. Regional Manager, Alex Hatherley, and Commercial Finance Manager, Greg Mitchell led the tour of the site including the recently commissioned container sort line.

Cleanaway CFO, Brendan Gill commented, “It’s quite something to watch the process from our Finance team organising a finance lease to now seeing this amazing piece of equipment in action and sorting millions of containers.”

The final stop was the recently opened Erskine Park Transfer Station (TS), hosted by Alex Hatherley. Erskine Park TS separates recyclable materials from the waste stream to be managed as a commodity, and residual dry waste is diverted to the ResourceCo’s RRF. Erskine Park TS is expected to increase landfill diversion and demonstrates the strong connection between our infrastructure investments and operations.

For the visiting group, the tour was a valuable experience to gain a deeper understanding about the work Cleanaway is undertaking in resource recovery and landfill diversion. Cleanaway is committed to Footprint 2025 – our roadmap to ensure that communities across Australia are equipped with the right infrastructure to manage their growing waste needs and maximise resource recovery.

 

Contact us to learn more about how we are making a sustainable future possible.

Can you find the hidden litter?

Can you find the hidden litter?

Partnerships

February 8, 2019

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As Clean Up Australia’s national partner, were here to support you with tips, hints and resources on how you can make a difference cleaning up the community, school or workplace.

Download our Clean Up Scavenger Hunt and find all 45 items of litter hidden in the picture.

Download the PDF

Register your site and do your bit to clean up our streets, beaches, waterways and bushland.

26 February 2019 – Business Clean Up

1 March 2019 – Youth and Schools Clean Up

3 March 2019 – Clean Up Australia Day

Contact us to find out how we’re supporting our communities to make a sustainable future possible.