This year’s winner of the EPA Sustainability Award, Veolia was announced along with seven other Award winners at the Tasmanian Community Achievement Awards Gala Presentation Dinner, held at the Hotel Grand Chancellor on Friday 27 November 2015.
Veolia took out the prestigious EPA Sustainability Award from a strong field of finalists and nominees for its $7 million dollar modern waste management depot at Sorell.
Veolia was one of eight category winners announced at Friday night’s event, which saw 300 guests including The Honourable Jacquie Petrusma MP, Minister for Human Services and Minister for Women, celebrating Tasmania’s high achievers and community contributors.
Chair of the EPA Board, Warren Jones presented the Sustainability Award to Martin Robinson from Veolia. Mr Jones said that sponsorship of the Award enabled the EPA to promote those businesses dedicated to best practice and innovation in the area of sustainability, particularly in waste minimisation and resource efficiency.
“All three finalists this year demonstrated a commitment to sustainability but it was hard to go passed the positive community benefits that will flow from Veolia’s new state of the art waste management depot,” said Mr Jones.
“Veolia’s depot features new facilities and infrastructure which is designed to mitigate any potential environmental harm from the waste management activities,” he said.
“The depot has the capacity to house all of Veolia’s Southern operations, including 140 staff and 90 trucks, and provides for the management of controlled waste, quarantine waste, medical and sanitary waste and oil storage.
“The depot serves as a new benchmark for modern waste management, with innovations including storm water treatment, liquid trade waste systems, rainwater harvesting system and solar energy power,” Mr Jones said.
Veolia received the EPA Sustainability trophy and a prize package of television advertising with Southern Cross worth $1,000. The other finalists were Envorinex of George Town for its plastic recycling targeting Tasmanian farmers and Cubed Espresso Bar of Nubeena for its holistic approach to sustainability, integrating solar power, harvesting rainwater, recycling, reusing and composting, and ethical sourcing of products and materials.