Since becoming signatories to the Australian Packaging Covenant (APC) in 2010, the initiatives we undertake to meet our annual KPIs have evolved to become an integrated part of our day to day business that promotes all staff to participate in and influence the outcome.
Our commitment was recognised in 2015 where we were awarded the highest scoring performer in our category. Read “Portavin’s Commitment to the Environment Reaps Awards” full article here.
And it’s the simple things that count. In 2015 we were able to:
- Prevent 10,000 plastic bags from entering the waste stream by converting office bins to clean waste bins.
- Reduce the number of bathroom hand towels entering land fill from 250,000 per annum to zero through the installation of energy efficient hand dryers. An additional reduction of 500,000 is expected in 2016. It is also a good little hand warmer on cold winter days.
- Conserving 20,000 sheets of paper by using technology to distribute and display information.
- Participation in Clean Up Australia Day. A good way to get some exercise, get back to nature and provide an excuse for a BBQ. The most unusual item found was a full bikini given we were nowhere near a beach or body of water.
- Segregation of office waste ensuring recyclables do not end up in landfill.
- Redirect ‘waste’ pallets and extraneous packaging to either reuse or recycling.
Our objectives extend beyond landfill reduction to other recycling practices such as power and water consumption where we have set some new targets. Increased use of technology is expected to deliver a further 30 – 50% reduction in paper use.
And environmental sustainability doesn’t necessarily come at a cost. In most cases its delivered cost savings. Bonus!
For more information on our involvement with the Australian Packaging Covenant or our best environmental practices please do not hesitate to contact Anthony Davis via email or on 08 9755 0500 or visit our website’s Accreditations information page.