Veolia is the global leader in water, waste and energy management solutions that contribute to the sustainable development of communities and industries. Their aim is to develop access to resources, preserve available resources, and to replenish them.
Veolia ANZ is committed to the preservation and clean-up of Antarctica. It has donated 240 specialised containers to the Australian Antarctic Division and provided specialist resource support to clean up historic waste deposited in Antarctica.
Veolia manages waste returned from Antarctica and the sub-Antarctic regions by international and Australian expeditions to the highest environmental standard. The range of services available to the international Antarctic community includes: solid and liquid waste collection; sorting; recycling; treatment and final disposal of residuals. Veolia aims to maximise the diversion of waste from landfill into beneficial reuse.
A Veolia staff member, Gavin Allen, has recently returned from a tour of duty to Casey station, Antarctica. His role was to repurpose and recommission an existing mobile water treatment plant to treat diesel contaminated snow and leachate from sediments. Gavin worked with a team from the Australian Antarctic Division and the University of Melbourne to commission, operate and monitor the water treatment process. The team successfully started up and operated the treatment plant, treating around 60,000L of contaminated water in the first few weeks.