Waste Management publishes sustainability report

Report presents Waste Management's sustainability progress during 2019 across five key areas.

Waste Management has released its first Sustainability Report, meeting the standard of GRI (Global Reporting Initiative).

The report presents Waste Management’s sustainability progress during 2019 across five key areas -Environment, Communities, Customers, People and Business.

Highlights in 2019 include that Waste Management became the first waste company in New Zealand to create a carbon footprint reduction plan to reduce its impact on climate change through the Toitū carbonreduce programme.

Projects included the ongoing expansion of Waste Management’s EV truck programme, the installation of its first electric bin and truck washes at the company’s new facility in East Tamaki, Auckland, and continued electrification of its light vehicle fleet.

Some key facts from 2019:

  • Waste Management collected 1.14 million tonnes of waste, including 121,000 tonnes of recycling
  • 70 per cent of plastics collected and processed were sold within New Zealand
  • 11,500 tonnes of tyres were recycled into alternative fuel
  •  122,000 tonnes of food and garden waste was turned into compost
  • Waste Managemnt’s landfills captured 95 per cent of methane gas and converted it to energy sufficient to power 23, 000 homes
  • Nine electric trucks in its fleet, with 14 more to come in 2020
  • 33 per cent of our light fleet has now been converted to plug-in electric

Tom Nickels, managing director of Waste Management, said the organisation’s decisions are always considered through a sustainability lens.

“We clearly laid out our vision in our sustainability strategy, For Future Generations, and in just over a year we have made great progress. For example, our entire management team is focused on achieving the reductions set out in our GHG Emissions Reductions Plan.”

Click here to read Waste Management’s 2019 GRI Sustainability Report.

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