SUEZ, one of Australia’s largest waste and water management companies, has committed to the ‘Waste of Origin’ pledge.
The pledge was launched by the Waste Management Association of Australia (WMAA) to challenge the waste industry to join the fight against irresponsible, dangerous and environmentally damaging practices in the sector.
Under the pledge, SUEZ commits to:
- Not transporting waste unnecessarily long distances,
- Promoting the principles of the Waste Management Hierarchy, and
- Helping local communities to manage their waste as close as practicable to its place of
In Australia and around the world, SUEZ is committed to and provides sustainable resource management. This includes investing in a circular economy and making significant efforts to recycle waste materials, leading to lower resource costs and less greenhouse gas emissions.
SUEZ believes that Australian companies, which produce substantial amounts of waste, should have confidence that their waste is being reduced and recycled where possible, and that where it is disposed of in landfill, this should be at the lowest environmental impact.
Mark Venhoek, CEO of SUEZ in Australia and New Zealand, says transporting waste unnecessarily over many hundreds of kilometres is simply an absurd outcome.
Unfortunately, last year 650,000 tonnes of waste were transported from New South Wales to Queensland. There is no environmental benefit that comes from this transport and we believe the sole motivation for moving all of this waste by road and rail is profit.
“There are 20,000 additional and unnecessary heavy truck movements on the Pacific Highway due to some organisations sending waste to Queensland to avoid the NSW waste levy. That means increased emissions, congestion and increased chances of spills. It also undermines investment in waste and recycling services in New South Wales,” says Venhoek.
“SUEZ is absolutely opposed to the unnecessary interstate transportation of waste to landfill. We are committed to managing our customers’ waste reliably and responsibly and SUEZ does not transport waste interstate for disposal in landfills,” he says.
SUEZ is supporting the WMAA’s Waste of Origin campaign to promote environmentally responsible management of waste and best practices in this country.
“We encourage others in the waste management sector to sign the Waste of Origin pledge and encourage waste generators to ask where their waste is going and also consider their role in the responsible management of waste,” says Venhoek.
“We also call on state and federal governments to work with the industry and harmonise laws across Australia to remove the perverse incentives to transport waste interstate. The Waste of Origin pledge is about encouraging waste disposal as close to its point of origin and putting waste to good use,” says Venhoek.
For more information about the pledge, visit www.wmaa.asn.au.
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