Our Community and Environment Policy underpins our commitments and directions for the way we interact with our community and the environment.
We are committed to integrating sustainability principles into the way we plan and operate our business, so we can meet the needs of our community while preserving the quality of life for future generations.
Our environmental management system (EMS) ensures all our activities are fully integrated, co-ordinated and reviewed, so we can minimise our environmental footprint and deliver positive environmental outcomes.
We have some important policies, plans and specific programs to support our EMS:
Our Environmental Management Plan provides a framework for meeting our Community and Environment Policy commitments.
We track and report our activities using a pre-defined set of environmental performance indicators (also called ESD indicators).
Case study: Reducing our landfill
The total waste buried in landfill from our head office and depots was down from 169 tonnes in 2017/18 to 148 tonnes in 2018/19. This 12% reduction is mostly attributed to our increased recycling efforts.
Our key waste minimisation achievements in 2018/19:
- Our head office has cut our waste to landfill by one-third through the introduction of various recycling streams
- We have nine recycling streams at each of our depots, which means we can now recycle most things, including green waste
- Last year we recycled 1.5 tonnes of soft plastics across head office and two of our depots.
Our heritage assets
We have a rich heritage that spans across over 125 years of work in managing water throughout the Lower Hunter. Learn about the heritage assets that we've attained.