SUEZ recycling partnership hits 10 years

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SUEZ and aluminium boat manufacturer Telwater have diverted the equivalent of 23 Olympic-sized swimming pools of waste from landfill in a 10-year recycling partnership.

Telwater approached SUEZ 10 years ago in a bid to reduce landfill waste and embark on a sustainability journey. Now, the company consistently diverts about 77 per cent of its waste from landfill each month.

“At SUEZ, our purpose is to shape a sustainable environment, so we were thrilled when Telwater came to us sharing that same vision – we couldn’t be prouder about reaching this 10-year milestone together,” says Liesl Hull, SUEZ’s State Sales Manager for Queensland.

“During the 10 years we’ve been partnering with Telwater, we’ve diverted about 3262 tonnes of waste from landfill, which would be enough to fill 82 football fields or 23 Olympic-sized pools,” Hull says.

“That’s across 12 waste streams, which include general waste, paper and cardboard, confidential papers, aluminium oxide (from aluminium sheet offcuts), paint thinners, raw timber, treated timber, used machine oil, chemicals, soft clear plastics, e-waste and oil rags.

“That means fewer carbon emissions and more waste recycled, which helps to protect our natural waterways which are the playground of Telwater’s customers.”

Brad Drake, Telwater Operations Manager, has worked with the company for 20 years. He says it’s been amazing to witness sustainability efforts improve during the 10-year partnership.

“Our goals 10 years ago were different to our goals today – back then, we had no recycling program in place,” Drake says. “As a company that encourages our customers to get out on the water and enjoy nature, we wanted to play our part in preserving the natural environment.”

David Jacobitz, Purchasing Manager at Telwater says the boat manufacturer’s targets today centre around reducing the amount of waste they produce per boat.

As well as audits and reporting, SUEZ conducts supply chain assessments, which identify areas that can prevent waste coming onto Telwater’s site in the first place.

“For instance, SUEZ pinpointed black plastic wrapping as waste destined for landfill, so we’re working with suppliers to stop it at the source and prevent it arriving on site,” Jacobitz says.

“We’re also asking suppliers to avoid sending us retail packaging where possible so we can cut back on waste.”

SUEZ has placed a full-time representative on site who is dedicated to promoting waste segregation.

“With our vast employee base, continuous education and the dedicated SUEZ support person on-site are key to keeping us focussed,” Jacobitz says. “While the environmental benefits are clear, we also save money on waste levies by diverting waste from landfill and reducing the amount of waste we produce as a business.”

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