Turning used canola oil into biodiesel at the Plutonic mine and recycling hundreds of tons of waste at Barrick Gold operations in Western Australia has helped to earn Sodexo a Golden Gecko award for environmental excellence.
Golden Geckos are awarded by Western Australia’s Department of Mines and Petroleum, and recognize environmental excellence and leadership in the state’s large resources sector.
Sodexo, a supplier of facility and camp management services for Barrick Gold, was selected for its Resource Recovery program at 12 mines in Western Australia, including three Barrick Gold sites — Plutonic, Lawlers and Darlot. In total, more than 900 tons of material has been recycled to date, saving in excess of 2,000 cubic meters of landfill space.
“Plutonic and our other Yilgarn mines are all committed to responsible environmental stewardship,” says Boyd Timler, general manager for Plutonic and Granny Smith. “We think this is a great program, and we are proud to support its continued success.”
Upon winning the award, Sodexo recognized Barrick Gold as one of the first clients to actively encourage the program on its mine sites. The Plutonic mine became the first Sodexo-operated camp to use 100 per cent biodiesel fuel for its service vehicles. The biodiesel comes, in part, from the canola cooking oil used in the cafeteria at Plutonic, closing the loop on a waste stream.
Every dollar generated through recycling waste material is donated to Perth’s Princess Margaret Hospital for Children and the Royal Flying Doctors Service. The program has raised well over A$70,000 for these charities to date.