More to paper than part-time satisfaction
LINA Goodman, 33, has worked in recycling since she graduated. In fact, she’s worked with the same company since she graduated - Visy. She is Visy’s national contracts manager.
It was my first job out of uni: I was working for them part-time, preparing education programs on how to recycle. I loved it so much I begged them to keep me on. I learnt such a lot, and loved working for a company that helped the environment. And I loved the fact that I could get paid to help save the environment.’’
Goodman serves the recycling needs of corporates such as Coles, Australia Post and others. We teach them how to be as
‘‘ environmentally responsible as possible, and work with them on different levels: we can advise on collection systems, waste management, and environmental programs.
We can calculate the CO emissions they save and the volume of material that hasn’t gone into landfill because of their good recycling habits.’’
Landfill levies are stiff, so recycling cuts costs. It is cheaper than throwing things out.
Some big organisations, such as Australia Post, have a scheduled audit program, and Visy reviews their systems to ensure they are being the best they can environmentally.’’
But her work hasn’t all been corporate glamour. I spent a lot of time in factories. I worked on the line sorting the recyclables to learn what people understand about what they can and can’t put in their bins.
And I have spent lots of time with our drivers on their rounds. I look in the bins and learn what people are doing. Then I can devise educational programs. But I also see how much Australians recycle.
The thing I’ve noticed most is how much Australians have changed in their attitude to recycling. At first, it was just another garbage stream. Now they care, make an effort and are proud of that effort.’’ Jo Studdert