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recycling boost for regional victoria
Recycling rates in regional Victoria are expected to increase, thanks to a new partnership in the Surf Coast and Geelong regions.

The Western Victorian Public Place Recycling Project, launched in Anglesea this month, will see the installation of best practice recycling infrastructure in public places across the region - including within sporting venues, recreational areas and main streets.

The Program is an initiative of three organisations: Alcoa FoundationSustainability Victoria and the Barwon Regional Waste Management Group.  The Alcoa Foundation is funding the recycling infrastructure via a US$86,000 grant.

The new recycling facilities are located in places where traditionally only regular landfill-type rubbish bins have been available, which has for too long has prevented the community from doing the right thing by the environment in regards to their personal waste.

“While Australians have become excellent recyclers in our own home environments, as soon as we leave the front door it’s a different story, and for the sake of future generations we probably all need to be working harder,” said Alcoa’s Eastern States Corporate Affairs Manager Brendan Foran.

“The potential is certainly here for this project to lead the way in inspiring other regions around the country to consider similar projects - and that’s what Alcoa Foundation partnerships are all about, creating real and lasting change in our communities,” Brendan said.

“Recycling is something that we are passionate about at Alcoa, because our own product aluminium is endlessly recyclable.”

“We know that when it comes to aluminium alone, recycling just one aluminium can saves enough energy to run a television for three hours when compared to making a new can from scratch.

“That’s a huge greenhouse saving, so imagine the environmental benefit if we can be recycling aluminium and paper as well as plastic - both at home and while out and about,” Brendan said.

Victorian Parliamentary Secretary for the Environment and Water Michael Crutchfield MP said: “Recycling plays an important role in minimising water and energy use, and with the community making ‘the right choice’ about disposing of their waste while they watch their local sporting team or participate in one of their favourite recreation activities, they can continue to help the environment,” he said.

Sustainability Victoria Chief Executive, Anita Roper, said the Project delivers on the Government’s Towards Zero Waste Strategy through the strong partnership with the Alcoa Foundation and the Barwon Regional Waste Management Group.

“We’re pleased that we could create this partnership because it’s these partnerships between business, local and state government that is needed to help encourage local community action on recycling.”

Cr John Burgess, Chair of the Barwon Regional Waste Management Group said that the Barwon community has a strong history of leading the state with its recycling rates, diverting over 55 per cent of kerbside waste from landfill.

This latest project follows the success of a similar program initially launched at major sporting venues across Victoria, including Geelong’s Skilled Stadium, in 2007.

achieving real environmental results
Alcoa has been in partnership with Greening Australia for over 27 years. Our partnership is committed to environmental conservation and sustainability, as well as climate change solutions.

Together, we continue to work on several on-ground rehabilitation programs, many in communities around Alcoa’s operations nationally.  A critical component of this work’s success is the involvement of the community.  Local school children, community groups and Alcoa employees all play a key role.  So what are some of the things that have been happening so far this year?

  • 9 hectares of environmental protection (fencing & weeding) conducted at key sites along the Yarra River at Burnley, Yellingbo and Healsville in Victoria.
  • 19 hectares of summer weed removal across several sites in WA. The weed management of each project is important in managing the success rate of young seedlings.  In addition, the weeds provide little or no ecological benefits to native animals. 
  • 1,000 plants propagated at Yarra Bend Friends Nursery in Victoria
  • 30 kilograms of native seed collected around Portland in Victoria.
    This seed will support other planting projects later in the year.  Significant quantities of Manna Gum, which is often in short supply, were obtained. 
  • Over 80 hours of volunteer time dedicated to projects in WA at Oakley Brook, Pinjarra Wetlands and the Yarloop Landcare Centre.
  • 72 school students in WA educated about climate change. 
  • Winner of the 2010 Victorian Coastal Award for Excellence for the Moolapio project in Geelong.

Read more about Alcoa and Greening Australia’s partnership:

Make an Impact – a program helping Alcoans and the community reduce their personal greenhouse footprint and become part of the solution to climate change.

Breathe Easy – Greening Australia’s carbon offset program. Alcoa is the foundation sponsor.

River Recovery – a major initiative to rehabilitate key river reaches around the country.  Alcoa’s partnership with Greening Australia had funded much of this work to date.

Nell’s Block - Nell's Block, which is owned by Alcoa and is part of Alcoa’s Farmlands business, is a seasonally inundated dampland within the Harvey Drainage System in WA. Nell’s Block is experiencing the return of thriving populations of flora, fauna and fungi, thanks to a 10-year management agreement between Alcoa, Greening Australia and the Harvey River Restoration Taskforce.

Moolapio - 500 hectares of Alcoa’s land around the Point Henry smelter in Geelong.  Moolapio represents a variety of different strategies for improving existing land management practices, restoring the local ecology, and providing environmental learning opportunities for the community.

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Sustainability Victoria’s Chief Executive Anita Roper, with Alcoa Anglesea employee Darren Eskrigge and his son William at the recycling partnership launch this month



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Alcoa's Brendan Foran at the launch of our new recycling partnership earlier this month



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Greening Australia and Alcoa working together on on-ground rehabilitation projects