Australia’s leading integrated waste management company Cleanaway has been licensed by Good Environmental Choice Australia (GECA) for the waste collection services it provides to the Barangaroo South Precinct property development in Sydney.
GECA, Australia’s only independent not-for-profit advisory and ecolabelling program, certificated the service under its Waste Collection Services standard.
Cleanaway’s Sustainability Manager Solids NSW Rebecca Evered said GECA certification was a requirement of the contract with Barangaroo South, one of three precincts in the $6 billion-plus billion Barangaroo redevelopment project on the edge of Sydney Harbour.
“We’re proud of this certification, which is recognition by a respected organisation that we operate to the highest environmental standards, consistent with our corporate mission of ‘Making a sustainable future possible’,” Rebecca said.
“It doesn’t change anything we do, because we already adopt best practice, but rather it was about documenting it to ensure it was clear and transparent.”
“More broadly, the certification holds everybody else across the waste management industry accountable for achieving the same high environmental standards.”
“In that sense it levels the playing field between Cleanaway and other companies, encourages them to achieve best practice, and builds more trust by customers in our industry.”
GECA’s Waste Collection Services standard sets the benchmark for environmental services and encourages best practice through 25 stringent criteria that must be satisfied, with evidence of compliance required.
This includes legislation, Waste Management Plans (WMPs), operations, chain of responsibility, staff training, and company policies, and governs collection from the point of collation to a lawful processing or disposal facility.
GECA noted Cleanaway’s certification demonstrated transparency, quality service, data accuracy for reporting, and credibility.
GECA CEO Michelle Thomas said: “We’re pleased to welcome Cleanaway to the family of GECA licensees.
By becoming GECA certified, Cleanaway has demonstrated its commitment to having a lower environmental, health, and social impact. They should be proud of this achievement.”
GECA has certified more than 3,500 products and services under 18 different standards, including waste collection.
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