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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


“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


“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.

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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.

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