Ferrovial Services and the environment: Think globally, act locally

​Broadspectrum has made a global commitment to caring for the environment, which is supported by a number of initiatives led by our contracts company-wide.

We promote the use of recycled materials

Broadspectrum endeavours to ensure that all materials and waste are managed in accordance with our sustainability strategy. Our Roads New Zealand business recently introduced an initiative to replace deteriorated traffic cones with ones comprising up to 50 per cent recycled materials. More than 360 of our old cones were sent to the Proline plant in Otahuhu for recycling and 400 new recycled cones were purchased to replace them. Although the cost was comparable to buying new cones from other suppliers, the recycled cones use a more sustainable source of material and reduce the amount of waste going to landfill.

We build alliances to improve recycling

Australians use approximately one billion disposable coffee cups each year. This convenience is generating a growing waste problem as most cups are lined with plastic film that cannot be removed by conventional recycling facilities. This means almost every disposable cup ends up in landfill, where it can take more than 50 years to break down, or it ends up in a paper or packaging bin, contaminating the entire bin contents.

To help combat this growing waste problem, Broadspectrum, in alignment with some of our clients, has partnered with Simply Cups, Australia's first coffee cup recycling program. Simply Cups offers workplaces designated collection tubes and bins, as well as the services to collect the cups and transport them to a processing facility in Victoria. Simply Cups has worked with innovators to transform the disposable cups into new products, including building materials, garden beds, bench seats and kerbing.

To date, the project has recovered more than 30,100 cups. That’s approximately 330 kilograms of waste that has been diverted from landfill.

We reduce plastic consumption

We are going to further share our sustainability commitment with employees by taking part in ‘Plastic Free July’, and encourage them to seek alternatives to single-use plastic items in the office and home environments. Check out the organisation’s website for tips on how to live and work plastic-free; https://www.plasticfreejuly.org/living-plastic-free.html