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2009 Case Study: Wastewise, turning waste into Gold

In 2009, Alcoa was awarded Gold Status on our recertification with Sustainability Victoria’s WasteWise program. Alcoa was the first industry business to receive WasteWise accreditation back in 1999.
WasteWise is a practical, step-by-step program inspiring Victorians to minimise waste and maximise the efficient use of valuable resources.  Business can receive WasteWise certification which acknowledges their commitment to a sustainable future and identifies the organisation as an environmental leader.
Our waste reduction achievements in Victoria now span four sites: Anglesea Power Station, Point Henry Smelter, Portland Aluminium and Alcoa Australia Rolled Products Point Henry.
Victorian Operations General Manager, Arnaud Soirat, said the Gold Status is recognition of our focus on waste minimisation and management.
“The payoff for our efforts has been terrific. There are so many benefits beyond simply the waste reduction itself; environmental impacts are greatly reduced, costs are lower and the community involvement is really inspiring.
“There are more than 1800 employees across our four sites and the support has been outstanding. It seems everyone wants to do their bit and that’s what has made the pretty tough targets of WasteWise achievable,” Arnaud said.
“Waste management practices at Alcoa locations are based on a strong recycling ethos. The use of Material Recovery Facilities at our smelters allows us to control what material, and how much of it, leaves our sites.”