Kimberly-Clark Australia wins environmental award

Kimberly-Clark Australia won the Environment Minister’s Award for a Cleaner Environment at the Banksia Awards, held in Sydney yesterday.

The award recognises Kimberly-Clark’s South Australian manufacturing site in Millicent, which makes Kleenex tissues, Cottonelle and Viva Paper Towel, for its contribution towards achieving the objective of a cleaner, healthier, environment and a more resilient sustainable Australia.

The award was presented by Federal Environment Minister, Greg Hunt.

Achievements of Kimberly-Clark Australia’s Tissue mill include:

  • Improvements to the sites wastewater, which has resulted in it now meeting Australian Drinking Water Guidelines, as verified by independent testing.
  • Collaboration 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.
  • More than halving the site’s energy and carbon footprint over the past 5 years, assisted by the start-up of a $33 million cogeneration facility, which takes the Tissue Mill off the electricity grid.
  • Diverting on average 95% of the sites manufacturing waste from landfill.

“Manufacturing doesn’t often get much of a wrap when it comes to sustainability and creating a cleaner environment,” said Jacquie Fegent-McGeachie, Head of Sustainability and Corporate Affairs at Kimberly-Clark Australia.

Therefore, we’re particularly proud to accept this Banksia Sustainability Award from the Minster Hunt and the Banksia Foundation, which we’re so proud to say is our second Banksia Award in two years.”

The Millicent Mill has been operating for 55 years.