The year that was: 2018

Industry Updates

December 17, 2018


From investments in resource recovery infrastructure to supporting communities with best recycling practices, Cleanaway leveraged our reach, technology and expertise to battle our own war on waste in 2018.

Here are the highlights:

1. Improvements in infrastructure and resource recovery

Toxfree and Daniels Health joined the Cleanaway family

With the acquisition of Toxfree Solutions, including Daniels Health, Cleanaway expanded its operations to more than 6,000 people and almost 4,000 vehicles, operating from over 250 branches around Australia. This reach and scale allows us to serve customers better through our consolidated services including Solid Waste, Industrial, Liquids and Health.

The largest waste to processed fuel plant opened in Wetherill Park

In July, Cleanaway together with ResourceCo opened a state-of-the-art resource recovery facility in Sydney. The plant is licensed to process up to 250,000 tonnes per annum of dry commercial, industrial, mixed construction and demolition waste to be turned into an energy source known as Process Engineered Fuel. Through this process, the plant diverts up to 98% of the waste it receives from landfill.

NSW’s Container Sorting Facility achieved a major milestone

Since beginning operations last year, the facility has processed most of the 1 billion containers collected by NSW’s Container Deposit Scheme – Return and Earn. The facility houses a sophisticated and highly automated optical sorting line, capable of sorting, baling and distributing up to eight tonnes an hour of high quality recyclables.

Victoria welcomed a new organics processing facility

Based in Dandenong South, the South East Organics Facility (SEOF) facility will sort, decontaminate and shred more than 100,000 tonnes of Food Organics and Garden Organics (FOGO) waste each year, reducing greenhouse gases and improving landfill diversion.

Erskine Park Transfer Station opened in NSW

Cleanaway’s waste transfer station in Erskine Park combines traditional waste transfer with cutting edge sorting facilities to recover more material and optimise landfill diversion. The facility will separate recyclable materials from the waste stream to be managed as a commodity, and residual dry waste will be diverted to Cleanaway ResourceCo’s Resource Recovery Facility at Wetherill Park.

2. Community engagement for better waste education

Record amounts of litter picked up during Clean Up Australia Day 2018

This year’s Clean Up Australia Day saw more than 600,000 volunteers cleaning our streets, waterways and beaches at 7,253 locations all over Australia – that’s a 4% increase in volunteers and a 14% increase in registered sites. It was also the first time that new innovative rubbish bags – clear on one side and solid-coloured on the reverse – were trialled to improve sorting efficiency. As National Partners, we were proud to support the event with our online campaign and on-the-ground efforts.

Australians challenged to go on a plastic detox in July

For Plastic Free July, we challenged our social media followers to live plastic free for 31 days. Throughout this social media campaign, we shared Cleanaway’s top tips and tricks to reduce plastic waste in their everyday lives.

The war on recycling contamination heated up

China’s National Sword policy was the opportunity to better educate Australians on how to reduce contamination in commingled recycling. Our #waroncontamination campaign on social media helped people understand why items like soft plastic, textiles, food and liquids should be left out of the recycling bin.

Simplified recycling rules for National Recycling Week

For National Recycling Week, we dispelled the myth that recycling is hard and clarified what good recycling is by asking people to focus on the five materials to always put in the recycling bin.

3. Partnering with industry

National Waste & Recycling Industry Council (NWRIC)

Through our seat in the NWRIC, Cleanaway pushed for a national advocacy agenda that promotes best practices and harmonisation of legislation. Two key issues addressed in 2018 were container deposit programs (CDS) and China’s National Sword policy.

Cleanaway joined Waste Management Association of Australia (WMAA) as peak member

We were honoured to be a part of WMAA, Australia’s only national peak industry body for the waste and resource recovery sector. Together with WMAA, Cleanaway are committed to our common goals in all aspects of the industry including waste collections, energy from waste, resource recovery, and landfill.

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