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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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

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.