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Closing The Loop 2018-05-16T03:30:48+00:00

Who’s Contributing To The Circular Economy?

RED Group, a Melbourne-based consulting and recycling organisation, has developed and implemented the REDcycle Program; a recovery initiative for post-consumer soft plastic. 

RED Group has teamed up with Coles, Woolworths and some of Australia’s most-loved brands to make it easy for you to keep your plastic bags and soft plastic packaging out of landfill.

The REDcycle Program is true product stewardship model where manufacturers, retailers and consumers are sharing responsibility in creating a sustainable future.

Replas is Australia’s leading mixed recycled plastic manufacturer and aims to provide a solution for plastic waste by delivering quality cost effective sustainable products. The company produces a range of over 200 recycled plastic products in Australia using state-of-the-art machinery and robotics together with a focus on energy.

The range includes bollards, signage, outdoor furniture, fitness equipment and Enduroplank™/Decking as well as products suitable for traffic control, parks and gardens and the utilities industry.

For more than 28 years Replas has produced a range of over 200 products and has grown to become Australia’s leading plastic product manufacturers.  These products offer a sustainable alternative to the unnecessary use of virgin materials and provide long-lasting solutions to customers.

Coles is constantly exploring ways to protect our environment and investing in important environmental projects and partnerships to reduce our environmental impact.We are focusing on waste reduction and recycling, including through improving efficiencies within our supply chain, looking at opportunities for energy efficiency and reducing greenhouse gas emissions, as well as sustainable packaging

Approximately 70 per cent of our total waste is recycled including our main sources of waste – cardboard, food and plastic. We are focused on innovating and improving our diversion and recycling programs across our business to improve this number.

Every year until 2020, we will achieve a year-on-year increase in tonnes of food waste diverted from landfill. This will be done through continuing reduction in stock loss, improving store waste management behaviour and improving the effectiveness of the farmers’ program and the food rescue program.

There are significant social benefits from zero waste as the food rescue programs offer continued opportunities to contribute to communities.

Our customers expect Woolworths to partner with the community to support food rescue, farmer and regional support. Our farmer and food rescue programs complement reducing our carbon footprint while also adding value to the communities in which we operate.

Having served the industry for over 54 years the AIP is the professional body designed to cater for packaging technologists, engineers, designers and any other individuals who are a part of the packaging industry in Australasia. The primary function of the Institute is to offer education, training, and personal and professional development for individuals within the packaging industry; as well as cross-functional networking opportunities.

The AIP is the only association in Australia and New Zealand designed to recognise, educate, train and develop the individuals who make up the diverse packaging industry. The AIP is at the forefront of packaging training and education in Australasia; helping to shape the careers of generations of packaging professionals – from packaging technologists to international packaging business leaders along with a host of people in associated disciplines.

At Planet Ark we help people, governments and businesses reduce their impact on the environment.

Planet Ark Environmental Foundation is an Australian not-for-profit organisation with a vision of a world where people live in balance with nature. Established in 1992, we are one of Australia’s leading environmental behaviour change organisations with a focus on working collaboratively and positively.

Our mission is to unite people, businesses and governments through positive environmental actions. Our objectives are to promote sustainable resource use, eo encourage a low carbon lifestyle, and to connect people with nature.

So-Eco for Schools provides strategic planning and facilitation of your sustainability goals. We work with primary and secondary school principals, teachers, students and parents to implement a wide range of initiatives involving your school operations, curriculum and whole school engagement.

Whether you’re new to sustainability or already signed up to ResourceSmart Schools, we offer a number of programs and coaching sessions to suit your school’s individual needs.

If you’re looking to target more specific areas, for example, your waste & recycling efficiencies or to understand what your school community thinks about sustainability, we can help with our reviews, waste stream assessments and surveys.

Whether in our own operations or deep within our supply chain, sustainability remains firmly front of mind as we continue to create growth we are proud of. The global threats we face — from climate change to resource scarcity — affect us all. Like you, we want to help build a planet that is healthy and thriving. But first, we must build a sustainable business.

We’re investing in renewable energy, improving conditions in our supply chains and speaking out about climate change. And we’re working to make sure that the people we rely on — from smallholder farmers to suppliers — benefit from the growth of our business.

Eco-Buy Reports

Here, you will find fact sheets that explain the benefits of using recycled plastic products in full detail. As well as saving money through these products, making sure it is fit-for-purpose, and much more.

“Across Australia organisations are purchasing products with recycled mixed plastic content. They do this because of the benefits associated with the products including their durability, cost, and aesthetics. But as a key element of their waste management strategy.”

Melbourne Cricket Club (MCC) recognises that the MCG, its associated events and operations and other MCC managed venues, have the potential to impact the environment.

MCC adheres to five key guiding principles to continually improve its performance in waste management by reducing unrecyclable waste, reuse materials where possible, promote recycling by providing appropriate infrastructure, educate employees, patrons, and contractors, while using landfill as a last resort.

The MCC co-ordinates its employees, contractors and patrons so as to maintain the maximum effectiveness of the waste management strategy. The club is also an active participant in the Closed Loop recycling program.

Managed by Sustainability Victoria, ResourceSmart Schools provides practical support to reduce resource use, make cost savings, integrate sustainability into the curriculum and share learning beyond the school gate. ResourceSmart Schools rewards and recognises students, teachers, and schools for sustainability achievements through. Sustainability Certification and the Annual ResourceSmart School Awards.

ResourceSmart Schools helps schools reduce costs while giving students the opportunity to learn about sustainability in a tangible and realistic environment. Schools are connected to sustainability networks and programs to become a more sustainable school. Any Victorian school can become a ResourceSmart School.

At Bank of America, we are committed to improving the environment in how we approach our global business strategy, work with partners, support our employees, make our operations more sustainable, manage issues and govern our activities.

As one of the largest global financial institutions, Bank of America is in a unique position to help society transition to a low-carbon economy and support sustainable business activities. We do this by providing financial and intellectual capital to our clients to help develop solutions to environmental challenges.

Zoos Victoria is working towards zero waste to landfill across our three zoos by 2019. We will achieve this by ensuring all recyclable materials are separated and reused, recycled, composted or converted to energy. Our operations, our animals and our visitors all contribute to our daily waste, some more than others – our keepers collect over 800 kilograms of Elephant dung every day!

We work to reduce, re-use and recycle in as many ways as we can, from worm farming to in-vessel composting (which effectively acts like a giant earthworm). We even make park benches from recycled plastics, collected from our Zoo’s operations.

Hospitals

Hospitals using Sterile Wrap for wrapping sterile packages for operating room and ward use are invited to participate in an innovative sustainable recycling program.

There are three sites in Victoria which granulates the waste, then moulds and manufactures it into new products and sells them. The Hospital Sterile Wrap Recycling program collects your used clean Sterile Wrap and recycling it back into numerous useful items such as outdoor furniture, signage and boardwalk planks for use in national parks. This is a great opportunity to recycle a product that may have ended up as landfill.

As athletes and yogis, we understand that environmental health is the foundation of personal health; we’re as passionate about reducing our environmental impact as we are about staying fit.

We measure our company’s energy use and carbon footprint every year, and we measured our full waste impact in 2014.