Kimberly-Clark Australia won the Environment Minister’s Award for a Cleaner Environment at the Banksia Awards, held in Sydney this week. The award recognises Kimberly-Clark’s Millicent Mill(see C&I WEEK 97) for its contribution towards achieving the objective of a cleaner, healthier, environment and a more resilient sustainable Australia. Products manufactured at Millicent include Kleenex tissues, Cottonelle and Viva Paper Towel.
Jacquie Fegent-McGeachie, Head of Sustainability and Corporate Affairs at Kimberly-Clark Australia said, “Manufacturing doesn’t often get much of a wrap when it comes to sustainability and creating a cleaner environment, therefore we’re particularly proud to accept this Banksia Sustainability Award”. The award was presented by Federal Environment Minister, Greg Hunt, and is the second Banksia Award Kimberly-Clark Australia has received in two years.
The mill’s achievements include improvements to the sites wastewater, a greater than 50% reduction in the site’s energy and carbon footprint over the past five years, diverting on average 95% of the sites manufacturing waste from landfill. The site has also collaborated with the local community to restore biodiversity including wetland restoration and driving the establishment of a breeding program for the critically endangered Yarra Pygmy Perch.