THE introduction last year of an Australian Freight Industry Award recognising achievement in the waste and recycling sectors was apparently successful, with the Association receiving several applications.
Inaugural winner Toxfree contested the award because it had implemented policies and innovations to safely transport waste.
VTA chief executive Peter Anderson said it was more important than ever for waste and recycling industry operators to contest this award.
“The waste and recycling industry is under the spotlight, especially in Victoria where a government taskforce is looking at systems and procedures in place at key recycling sites after a recent fire,” he said.
“There is no doubt the industry is doing it tough because of less demand for recycled goods, but we know operators are making prudent investments to improve safety and sustainability within their workplaces.
Toxfree general manager, industrial services Scott Russell agreed, saying Toxfree was proud to be awarded the Australian Transport & Logistics Waste Award last year.
“For us, the award recognised the policies and innovations we have in place nationally to transport all types of waste, including industrial, hazardous, construction and medical in the safest way possible,” Mr Russell said.