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The Department of Defence: Sustainable environmental management and resource efficiency


In October 2014, Veolia signed a six year agreement with the Commonwealth of Australia, represented by the Department of Defence for a total waste management solution.

The department of Defence

 

THE CHALLENGE

As a critical function of the Australian Government, the Department of Defence is responsible for defending Australia against armed attack. The Defence portfolio consists of a number of component organisations that together are responsible for supporting the defence of Australia and its national interests. Defence organisations include the Royal Australian Navy, the Army and the Royal Australian Air Force.

As a major employer, landholder, and consumer of natural resources, the Department of Defence acknowledges the importance of having a solid environmental policy which underpins their ability to achieve high standards of environmental performance.
 

THE SOLUTION

In October 2014, Veolia signed a six year agreement with the Commonwealth of Australia, represented by the Department of Defence for a total waste management solution.

The contract awarded to Veolia will directly support the Department of Defence’s strategic environmental objectives including sustainable environmental management, resource efficiency and pollution prevention.

Veolia provides a total waste management solution to the Department of Defence throughout Australia including:
  • solid waste collection
  • recycling and resource recovery (paper, cardboard, glass, mixed plastics, aluminium and other metals)
  • medical and sanitary waste collection
  • liquid and hazardous waste disposal
  • security document destruction
  • aviation waste fuel recycling and reuse
  • servicing multi-country joint force exercises in Northern Australia including remote areas.

During mobilisation of this contract 8,000 bins and waste receptacles were issued to over 377 sites. Also, an additional 11 new waste collection and recycling vehicles were added to supplement Veolia’s existing fleet.

Veolia worked closely with local communities to deliver regional employment opportunities and have openly engaged with local suppliers and contractors.

This contract is contributing to Veolia’s Reconciliation Action Plan’s indigenous employment target of 2.5% workforce representation over the next five years.
 

THE RESULT

With its vast operational presence across Australia, including many remote and regional areas, coupled with a focus on sustainable waste management, Veolia is helping the Department of Defence minimise its waste-related environmental impacts through best-practice logistics management and innovative waste treatment technologies.

Through Veolia’s comprehensive environmental service offering, the Department of Defence is benefiting from:
  • reduced environmental footprint across Australia
  • Substantial reduction in collection frequencies at large bases resulting in cost savings
  • improved operational efficiencies created through best-practice waste management solutions
  • reduced waste generation per person
  • improved recycling rates
  • increased waste-to-landfill diversion rates.
 

KEY FIGURES

  • 377 Defence locations serviced throughout Australia
  • 8000 bins and waste receptacles mobilised
  • Indigenous employment target of 2.5% workforce.