Circular Economy

SUEZ ranks 5th in the 2020 AFR BOSS Most Innovative Companies List

SUEZ Australia & New Zealand is proud to be named in the prestigious annual list of Most Innovative Companies, published by the Australia Financial Review’s BOSS Most Magazine, placing 5th in the Agriculture, Mining & Utilities category for our innovative Glass Crushing & Washing Facility.

This award recognises SUEZ’s ongoing commitment to innovation, having proudly placed 9th in the 2019 AFR BOSS Most Innovative Companies List for its CleargreenTM Mainstream wastewater treatment process.

SUEZ’s Glass Crushing & Washing Facility at the Spring Farm Resource Recovery Park produces a man-made sand product, suitable and highly desirable for applications within the construction industry and as a sustainable road base. The innovation was developed to meet changing global market conditions around recyclable materials. Currently, around 30% of recyclables entering a SUEZ Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) from local councils and businesses across NSW is glass. SUEZ has historically been sending this glass to external glass recycling facilities, which process the raw product into new bottles. However, a new solution for recycling glass was needed to ensure local councils achieved their sustainability goals.

Assisted by a 50% funding grant from the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA), the SUEZ team identified an alternative opportunity for recycling and repurposing glass in the construction industry. The processing facility, which can process 15 tonnes per hour, crushes and washes glass particles to a very specific standard.

Mark Venhoek, CEO of SUEZ Australia & New Zealand was excited to see SUEZ rank highly once again in the AFR BOSS most innovative company list for the second year running.

With established partners in the construction industry ready to begin commercial use of the product, SUEZ is in the final stages of preparation for full scale production. Demand for the man-made sand product is expected to meet production volumes within the coming months ensuring strong return on investment for this project.


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