Each of CSR’s businesses has specific environmental performance measures for waste and has plans in place to reduce waste and resource use.
A total of 59,062 tonnes of solid waste was produced within Building Products in YEM08 (excluding Viridian). This comprised 71% by Performance Systems and 19% and 10% by Lightweight Systems and Bricks and Roofing respectively.
The operations team at the Bradford Insulation plant in Clayton, Victoria have undertaken a project to recycle more than 80% of the waste generated during the manufacture of Rockwool Insulation.
A total of 18,299 tonnes of solid waste was produced by the Sugar division during YEM08, the bulk of which, over 90%, was produced by the Sugar mills.
For the Sugar division, the breakdown by kilogram per tonne of saleable product is highlighted below.
CSR is reducing waste across its Sugar division.
For example, in 2005, Sugar Australia signed the National Packaging Covenant, demonstrating its commitment to reducing the environmental impact of its retail branded packaging by reducing the overall weight of packaging material used and the proportion of packaging material that is recyclable.
As part of the covenant, Sugar Australia has a 5 year action plan detailing measures that it will take to meet the objectives and commitments of the National Packaging Covenant.
The weight of packaging for industrial bags of sugar has been reduced by 30% (double the target of 15%), by changing suppliers and packaging materials. Industrial bags of sugar contribute 47% of Sugar Australia’s non-recyclable packaging material. This non-recyclable component cannot be changed, so reducing the weight of the bag reduces the amount of packaging going to landfill.
Overall, the proportion of Sugar Australia’s packaging material that is recyclable has increased from 64.8% to 66.9%, since the Covenant was signed.
THE WEIGHT OF PACKAGING FOR INDUSTRIAL BAGS OF SUGAR HAS BEEN REDUCED BY 30% (DOUBLE THE TARGET OF 15%), BY CHANGING SUPPLIERS AND PACKAGING MATERIALS. INDUSTRIAL BAGS OF SUGAR CONTRIBUTE 47% OF SUGAR AUSTRALIA’S NON-RECYCLABLE PACKAGING MATERIAL.