Award Winning Waste Management Partnership

October 2014 Bulletin, SOCIAL PROCUREMENT AUSTRALASIA - In an area where Indigenous employment reaches 90%, Resource Recovery and the Great Lakes Council have made a remarkable social and economic impact on the lives of disadvantaged people through hands-on training, work experience and employment opportunities. Resource Recovery’s relationship with the Great Lakes Council began in 1991 when it was contracted to operate the Waste Management Centre at Tuncurry and later, the landfills at Tea Gardens and Bulahdelah.

The organisation is currently the largest employer of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the Great Lakes region, with 25% of the 70 staff from an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander background.
The waste centers are also having an incredible environmental and economic impact. In 2012/13 a staggering 837 tonnes of waste was diverted from tipface in Tuncurry and $166,030 savings was created through diverting waste from tipface.
 
The Resource Recovery model has been so successful at Great Lakes that a consulting arm of the business, Resource Recovery Australia, was established 18 months ago to work with councils and non-profit organisations that are interested in setting up similar models in their region. The program has also won multiple awards, including in 2014, two NSW Environment Protection Authority, Industrial Ecology projects; 2013 Social Enterprise of the Year Award; and 2013 Social Procurement Supporter of the Year Award with Great Lakes Council.
 
For more information on this social enterprise, visit Resource Recovery Australia's website www.resourcerecovery.org.au.