Shoalhaven City Council has renewed its kerbside waste collection contract with waste and recycling contractor SUEZ, which has also unveiled a new look for its kerbside waste collection trucks.
The newly branded trucks will be on full display for the community as they travel across the Shoalhaven over the next nine years.
The updated branding on the new fleet of trucks has resulted from council's ongoing positive and constructive working relationship with SUEZ.
Council's waste services officers have worked closely with the SUEZ team to update messaging to reflect current waste management activities in the Shoalhaven.
Mayor Amanda Findley said, SUEZ has been servicing the Shoalhaven for 30 years and has often gone above and beyond when requested.
"For example over the past few months SUEZ has ensured our household kerbside bins have been collected, as reliably as possible, despite the challenges and difficulties caused by the bushfires, floods and COVID," she said.
"It's great to see the newly branded trucks out on the road servicing the region."
The personable nature, safety and reliability of SUEZ's service is highlighted by the drivers who have become well-known in their community for connecting with residents on their routes.
Some current SUEZ employees have worked the trucks for the past 30 years.
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The company has not lost any working days to injury over the past eight years of performing the Shoalhaven's kerbside collections.
SUEZ Australia and New Zealand CEO Mark Venhoek said the last year has been a challenging period for everyone - and even more challenging for those living in the Shoalhaven and South Coast regions.
"The resilience of this region has been nothing short of inspiring and is testament to the strength and closeness of the local communities throughout the Shoalhaven region," Mr Venhoek said.
"This year marks 30 years of the continued relationship between the people of Shoalhaven and SUEZ.
"Over those years we have formed a tight bond, both through our employees that live and work here, but also with the businesses and households that we serve - this is something we are very proud of," he said.
SUEZ has notched up some notable statistics in the time it has serviced the Shoalhaven, due to the large geographic area and population that triples in some holiday periods.
In the last year its kerbside waste collection operation travelled 845,000 kilometres to collect waste from Shoalhaven residents, lifted 3.6 million bins and drove past collection points 4.6 million times.
Meanwhile, the Shoalhaven continues its recycling achievements with works recently completed on a new road made from asphalt with high recycled content using soft plastics, glass, toner and reclaimed road.
The new road utilises Australia's first asphalt product that creates a sustainable, cost effective solution that performs as well or better than conventional asphalt.
According to supplier Downer, a kilometre of road (two lanes) paved with Reconophalt can contain: 500,000 plastic bag and packaging equivalents, 165,000 glass bottle equivalents and toner from 12,000 used printer cartridges. The Reconophalt material had extensive testing for environmental impact and found to cause no harm when compared with standard asphalt and is subject to a fully approved NSW EPA waste recovery order and exemption.