Alex Fraser has taken out the 2020 Sustainable Environment Award at the Victorian Transport Association’s annual Australian Freight Industry Awards for the third year running.
In a first, Alex Fraser Recycling General Manager Sean McCormick accepted the award on behalf of the company virtually, in an online ceremony.
“It was an honour to accept the award on behalf of the team at Alex Fraser, particularly in this testing year where despite the unprecedented challenges we’ve remained focused on achieving great sustainability outcomes.”
“This third straight win is a great acknowledgement of the investment we have continued to make at our recycling facilities to ensure they provide our local communities and the state of Victoria sustainable materials to build greener roads and rail,” said McCormick.
Alex Fraser was recognised for the recent installation of the additive bin at Clarinda Recycling Facility. The additive bin, partly funded by Sustainability Victoria’s Resource Recovery Infrastructure Fund grant, is used to blend recycled glass sand and brick into a new, sustainable roadbase product.
The new additive bin boosts Clarinda’s reprocessing capability by 40,000 tonnes a year – equivalent to 200 million bottles, with the capacity to almost double the production annually.
Facilities like the Clarinda Recycling Facility supply major road and rail projects and municipal projects with a range of high-spec, sustainable materials, while reducing costs, cartage and carbon emissions – and reducing the strain on the environment by saving precious natural resources.
In addition to its core recycling work, The Clarinda Recycling Facility is also undergoing a series of biodiversity enhancements to improve the expansive habitat already on site. This includes the addition of protective shelters, bird and insect boxes and floating islands to provide refuge for the resident fauna, cameras to monitor the activity of wildlife as well as the extensive planting of indigenous trees and shrubs.
The addition of the greenery around the water banks will thicken the existing flora and create an extra level of biodiversity, encouraging additional growth and a safe haven for native species. An extensive and valuable habitat is well incorporated into the ongoing operation of this leading resource recovery facility.
Watch the 2020 VTA Australian Freight Industry Awards
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