Our approach to sustainability reflects our commitment to operate responsibly and meet legislative requirements, manage hazards associated with our business and maintain our social licence to operate.
- Health – become a leader in the protection and improvement of our people’s and our communities’ wellbeing
- Safety – be a leader in workplace safety, eliminating fatalities and injuries
- Environment – minimise any negative environmental impact from our operations and apply the precautionary principle in decision making
- Community and human rights – foster sustainable growth and respect human rights wherever we operate
Waste Reduction Programs
Viterra is focused on providing an environmentally safe method for waste disposal and has partnered with Vanden Recycling to help dispose of some of our plastic waste.
Viterra uses low density polyethylene (LDPE) plastic to line bunker walls to protect grain from moisture, which was previously sent to landfill after use. In this new initiative, Viterra employees collect the LDPE in plastic bales which are collected by Vanden Recycling to recycle the waste, rather than it going to landfill. The plastic is then processed locally and overseas for reuse.
Viterra trialled the initiative in 2017, collecting more than 150 tonnes of plastic and plans to extend the trial further across the business in 2018.
Hydrocarbon Storage Replacement Program
In 2017, Viterra invested in seven new hydrocarbon storage tanks and a further seven are being installed in 2018 as part of an ongoing program to enhance the company’s environmental sustainability.
The program will see about 50 hydrocarbon storage tanks replaced over time with tanks of varying sizes up to 20,000 litres. The tanks are double-skinned to prevent spillages and are powered by solar panels making them mobile.
Environmental Protection Authority Licence
Viterra holds EPA (Environmental Protection Authority) licences for eight sites across the business, including our seven operational port terminals. By maintaining EPA licences, Viterra acts responsibly to ensure that risk of potential environmental impact associated with port operations is minimised.