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Achievements in Sustainability

As the Australian leader in resource recovery, making the world sustainable is at the heart of our business.

SITA has implemented a number of positive environmental actions across our company that demonstrates our ongoing commitment to sustainable development.

SITA is Australia's largest producer of landfill biogas for waste-to-energy production 

We are committed to implementing measures to capture landfill gas, as the emission of greenhouse gases from decomposing organic waste in landfill is our largest sustainability challenge. 

SITA is Australia’s largest producer of landfill biogas used for the production of renewable energy.  Between July 2010 and June 2011, SITA's landfills captured enough biogas to generate 36,700Mwh of renewable energy, representing a greenhouse gas offset of over 1 million tCO2-e. This is equivalent to the power requirements of approximately 37,510 homes.

In the last year, SITA has introduced two additional landfill gas generators at our Hallam Road Landfill in Melbourne's south-east, providing the equivalent of another 2,000 homes with green electricity.

 

Turning our truck fleet green

SITA continues to introduce the use of soy biodiesel across our collection fleet.  In 2009, SITA’s Wetherill Park Service Centre in Sydney, NSW, was the first to introduce soy biodiesel vehicles. Since then, SITA has introduced soy biodiesel collection vehicles at Campbelltown and Shoalhaven in NSW, Hume in Canberra and Dandenong South in Victoria.

The use of 20% soy biodiesel in the collection vehicles’ fuel reduces emissions of air pollutants such as (carcinogenic) particulate matter, smoke, carbon monoxide and nitrogen oxides, reducing impacts on the community and the environment.

In South Australia, we run Australia’s largest dedicated fleet of CNG (compressed natural gas) trucks.

Advanced Resource Recovery Technology

SITA invests heavily in research and technology in order to continually increase resource recovery opportunities from the waste we collect – we aim to divert as much waste as possible away from landfill. Across Australia we own 7 Advanced Resource Recovery Technology (ARRT) Facilities and 7 Organic Resource Recovery Facilities.

 

Management of consumer packaging

As a signatory to the Australian Packaging Covenant, SITA has made a commitment to improve the sustainable management of consumer packaging in Australia. SITA’s Australian Packaging Covenant Action Plan 2011-2015 can be viewed on the Australian Packaging Covenant website.
 

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