A recipe for sustainability success
The smart solution
In November 2019, the team at Priestley’s reached out to SUEZ for advice on guiding the company towards reducing the waste it sends to landfill. SUEZ assigned Briony Collison, major account manager for Queensland, to look at the company’s existing waste processes and better understand the steps that could be taken. The audit identified packaging, organic A recipe for sustainability success (food) and general waste as the three major waste streams.
Briony and her SUEZ colleagues then helped educate the Priestley’s team on how to reduce the overall waste output. “The first critical step to reduce the waste going to landfill was to implement 13 diversion streams,” Briony explains. “To complement this, SUEZ provided clear signage and easily accessible recycling bins at Priestley’s premises.” A suggestion to collect and reuse bulk flour and sugar bags, rather than dispose them, was the icing on the cake.
With these measures in place, Priestley’s set itself the aspirational goal of a 25% diversion from landfill and a reduction of 50 metric tonnes of CO2 emissions. But in just 12 months, SUEZ helped Priestley’s reduce general waste output by 55%, amounting to a saving of 70 metric tonnes of CO2.
SUEZ supplied Priestley's with recycle bins to allow recycling of printer toner, paper & cardboard, batteries, and co-mingled. Paper recycling bins were placed at every desk in the office and a compost bin added to the staff kitchen. These simple measures enabled the Priestley's staff to embrace waste reduction.
Importantly, there was no additional cost to the business from sorting and recycling. In fact, the company saved almost $50,000 in landfill fees. By engaging with SUEZ, Priestley’s employees have developed a heightened awareness of the company’s environmental objectives that has in turn increased the emphasis on sustainable outcomes.
In addition to recycling, Briony has facilitated re-purposing amongst her SUEZ customer network. Priestley's bulk sugar and flour bags are collected and put to good use at SUEZ, saving them from going to landfill. Briony also identified that the plastic bins that were waste to one customer were perfect for Priestley's to reuse for food waste, sent to feed the pigs at the local farm.
Determined to go further, the team at Priestley’s have set themselves a goal of 100% total landfill diversion by 2025.