With its operation producing more than 30,000 tonnes of waste annually, waste management is an ongoing challenge for Qantas. SUEZ manages the national collection and disposal of more than 50 waste streams for the airline, from general waste and recycling through to quarantine and liquid waste.
Working with Qantas to support its 2020 vision, SUEZ installed recycling bins across all Qantas’ major domestic operations and converted compactors to meet changing waste management needs.
SUEZ and Qantas have since collaborated on a wide range of innovations to increase diversion, including reducing water volume in quarantine waste, recycling unused cutlery, trays and cups, and implementing a food waste recycling program at Qantas’ corporate office in Mascot, Sydney.
In a 14-year partnership, the relationship between Qantas and SUEZ has shifted from operational to strategic. SUEZ’s dedicated account manager and support team meet regularly with Qantas, effectively creating a think-tank for new waste management solutions.
Taking a proactive approach to gain a deep understanding of Qantas’ requirements and collaboratively developing smart solutions, in two years SUEZ has already helped the airline reduce waste-to-landfill by 10 per cent.
Waste diversion requires a team effort. With a solid partnership focused on continuous improvement, Qantas and SUEZ are on track to realise the company’s ambitious sustainability vision, ensuring the ‘Flying Kangaroo’ can continue to deliver a premium service to its customers while minimising environmental harm.