Nick joined Broekman Logistics as a temporary worker back in 2006, working on the company’s All-Weather Terminal. Having signed a temp-to-perm contract, he would be hired by the company if it turned out to be a good fit. As it happened, Nick has remained with Broekman ever since.
He is currently a Shift Leader at Broekman Distriport, which is ISO-14001-certified. “ISO 14001 is a standard that sets out the requirements for environmental management, and as part of this standard we have several environmental KPIs which we measure consistently,” Nick says.
He and his three fellow Shift Leaders regularly conduct QHSE (quality, health, safety and environment) inspections and ensure that waste is segregated based on a set of very strict rules. “We’ve been working on this for quite some time, but you’ll see that we’re raising the bar a little higher each time. We are constantly redefining the environmental KPIs and are proud to say that we ace every ISO audit every single time.”
On-site recycling point
The company recycles metal, but then there are many different types of metal. “Aluminium, for example, is recycled separately, as are plastic and other synthetic waste materials. Many companies just add it all onto one big pile, but we don’t – we take the whole process a few steps further. We have a fully operational recycling point right here on-site, where we recycle everything from metal and plastics to wood, glass, paper and electrical appliances. Also, if at all possible we re-use our own recycled waste right here on the premises. Wood, in particular, which is routinely used on ships for protective and precautionary purposes – to keep the cargo separate from the hulls so as to prevent damage – is reused by our company to be able to load new ships. We also cut wood to the right lengths, so it can be used as a stacking layer for the tons of rebar we ship out here every day.”
Separate waste streams are easier to process, making them less damaging to the environment
“The segregated waste we really can’t use any more is shipped off as separate waste streams, so it can be processed and reused as effectively as possible. You see, there’s no such thing as waste in a circular economy, but that does mean you need to sort your waste with great care.”
Certificate for saving 100 tonnes of carbon
Those on the operational end of things also check continuously if they can find more environmentally friendly ways of organising things. “One improvement we’ve made is switching over to eco-efficient reach stackers.”
The new type consumes significantly less fuel than the old kind (from an average of between 22 and 26 litres per hour in the old situation to 16-18 litres per hour currently). “We recently received a certificate from Kalmar to help us save 100 tonnes of carbon. We also invested in an innovative Kalmar Insight system that allows our technicians to keep close track of the status of all reach stackers. It means they’re able to carry out proactive maintenance, while we have not only reduced the number of disruptions, but also have fewer leakages, which have a contaminating effect. In addition to improving the versatility of our assets, we are also reducing our carbon footprint, so it’s a two-for-one deal”.
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