More to pa­per than part-time sat­is­fac­tion

The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Indulgence -

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

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