Veolia’s circular economy mission for Albury Wodonga
Bringing new jobs for locals and boosting the economy.
Leading environmental solutions company, Veolia, has announced that its recycling and recovery operations in Wodonga are best in class, which it credits to the region’s strong efforts in sustainable waste behaviour.
Focusing on preventing climate change, Steven Thomson, Field Sales Manager for Veolia, said the organisation has strengthened its mission to “drive a circular economy”, and highlight’s the business’ new purpose in ecological transformation - which is to rebalance the ways humans interact with the planet.
Veolia’s recycling activities are seeing the successful diversion of hundreds of tonnes of waste diverted from landfill every week.
Cardboard recycling is carried out on site, with the organisation baling over 150 tonnes of recycled cardboard weekly, which goes on to be turned into new cardboard for use.
Veolia also collects soft plastics, like shrink wrap, which is then recycled into over 100 new products, like plastic fence posts. With hard plastics it gets recycled into things like bar chairs to support concreting.
Contributing to the local economy and driving green jobs of the future, Veolia plans to establish a new site in Wodonga, to be used as a hub for the entire North East region.
With plans to continue recycling and build circular solutions that keep materials in use for longer, Veolia will soon commence activities to turn organic waste, collected from businesses across Albury Wodonga, to turn into compost or fertiliser.
In February this year Veolia was awarded the Albury City Council commercial contract which includes collecting organic waste, allowing it to expand into the commercial businesses sector such as pubs, clubs, cafes and restaurants.
“Extracting value from waste materials, by recycling them into new products for others to use is really important if we want to protect the planet and preserve our resources,” Mr Thomson said.
“We are thrilled to be expanding our capability, which is not only more sustainable, but will mean more work opportunities for locals.”
Mr Thomson said the Albury Wodonga region was uniquely placed to pave the way in recycling as it is home to some of the country’s leading agricultural businesses, who are setting ambitious environmental targets for their operations. “As more companies adopt a “zero to landfill” approach, Veolia is helping customers to meet these targets. “It’s a matter of working together to get the right outcome for the region, and this will mean generating the green jobs of the future.”
Veolia’s North East region is growing, and Mr Thomson expects this to translate into new employment opportunities as time goes on. “Our expanding operations will most definitely bring employment to the area, and allows us to strengthen our partnership with local businesses,” he said.
Veolia intends to build on its activities in the North East region, with a key focus on people and the planet. “We’re working on a lot of exciting innovations because we value being able to service the customer well, and to better the environment,” Mr Thomson said.
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