OUR ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY
Our environmental policy supports our commitment to minimising the impact of our operations. It identifies key environmental issues for our organisation on pollution, waste, recycling, sustainability and conducting all matters of business in an environmentally sound manner.
We have established many internal processes to support our environmental objectives and we are continually increasing awareness with staff newsletters, internal updates and information sessions. Training is provided to all relevant employees to ensure they have knowledge of regulatory requirements, internal standards and Optus’ policies and procedures.
Energy efficiency is encouraged through workshops with engineering, IT, procurement, operations, facilities management, and corporate and environmental staff.
Our impact on biodiversity and land is greatest during the installation and maintenance of network facilities. To minimise environmental impact during these operations, our Land and Environment (L&E) and Mobile Deployment & Support Services (MDSS) teams assess each site before work progresses.
We start from the basic waste management principles of “Reduce, Reuse and Recycle”. We collect and send for recycling everything from paper, cardboard, toner and printer cartridges to e-waste such as computers, monitors and printers, as well as annually replacing and recycling about 200 tonnes of industrial-size lead acid batteries.
MobileMuster is a not-for-profit program that encourages people to recycle their old mobiles, thereby reusing valuable materials and keeping e-waste out of landfills. MobileMuster is voluntarily funded by most handset manufacturers and all network carriers in Australia, including Optus.