As part of our Sustainability Week at Stericycle, we caught up with our Environmental Manager, Elaine Casey to find out more about her key responsibilities and we asked her to share her top tips for working more sustainably.
What is your position and how long have you worked at Stericycle?
I started with Stericycle in September 2015. In my position as Environmental Manger, I provide support to Stericycle, Avanti and most recently Shred-it facilities, across the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland and Scotland.
Can you tell us your main areas of responsibility?
The Environmental Team’s key area of focus is achieving and maintaining environmental compliance and sustainability performance. Key responsibilities include:
- Internal audits of the company’s activities as well as external audits of our waste outlets
- Monitoring of systems to ensure compliance with environmental permits, licences and other legal obligations including wastewater discharge consents
- Provision of environmental guidance, support and training to site staff and business managers
- Managing the company relationship with the UK and Ireland environmental regulators
- Environmental permitting projects
- Sustainability and carbon reporting
What do you enjoy the most about your job?
No two days are the same, every day presents new challenges. I also enjoy the collaboration and interaction with colleagues at each of the sites.
What motivates you?
The other members of the Compliance team! The team has a wide range of technical expertise and their guidance since I started with Stericycle has been invaluable. I’m continuously learning from them.
What is one of your most memorable moments at work?
The plant in Antrim is moving to a new location in Ballymena. One of my first projects with Stericycle was working with the staff at Antrim to submit the Waste Permit Application for the proposed facility. Finally submitting the application to the Licencing Authority was a nice sense of accomplishment, but I’ll hold off on the celebrations for when we receive the Permit.
Can you share your top tip to help people work more sustainably?
Every day we make choices in our lives that affect the environment. There are so many small actions you can take around your house or workplace which add up to a big difference.
Turn the heating down a bit. Only fill the kettle as much as you need. Put a lid on a pan while you’re cooking. Turn the plugs off when you leave the house. Some larger toilet cisterns can continue to work effectively with a smaller flush. Place a displacement device such as a hippo bag or a bottle of water into the cistern, to reduce the volume of water per flush by up to 3 litres.
Read more about Stericycle’s sustainable practices…
The Stericycle Environmental Sustainability Report 2016 is now available! To request your copy please complete your details, here.