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Environment

Sunshine Sugar is committed to implementing programs that improve our environmental performance and the sustainability of the NSW sugar industry.  Our Environmental Policy establishes guiding principles and other commitments, including;

 

  • Complying with all relevant environmental legislation, policies and codes of practice
  • Setting objectives and targets and measuring our performance
  • Maximising the use and reuse of resources, wastes and energy
  • Implementing measures that reduce pollution and impacts on the environment and community

Energy from Sugarcane 

Consistent with our policy objectives more than 95% of the energy consumed by mills to process sugar cane is generated from bagasse, a fibrous waste by-product of the sugar cane crushing process. Considered a carbon neutral renewable sourc eof energy it is fed into a biomass boiler to produce steam and electricity.

 

Sustainability and Bonsucro

Being 100% Australian owned Sunshine Sugar is very proud to be the first refined sugar producer in the world to be awarded Bonsucro® certification. Bonsucro® promotes a global standard for improving the social, environmental and economic sustainability of sugar cane production and processing in order to contribute to a more sustainable future. We are also the only sugar milling and refining company 100% certified which means even farming practices of growers are certified encouraging sustainable farming and communities. For more information visit www.bonsucro.com

 

Cane Burning

Why is sugarcane burnt prior to harvest? Click here to access a document that explains.

 

Mill Mud and Boiler Waste Resource Recovery

The boiler ash and mill mud produced from sugar cane by-products are recycled by incorporating back into agricultural soils to provide valuable nutrients and improve the structure of soils. They are also used to make compost. Waste Resource Recovery Approvals have been obtained from the NSW EPA to permit the reuse of these by-products. The conditions under an exemption applies to consumers and the sugar mills have to comply with the order. Copies of these are available below. For further information on benefits from use of these products and recommended rates of application go the agricultural section or click here.

Mill Mud and Ash Land Application Use Approvals Grate Gravel Approvals for Use as Fill

 

Environmental Monitoring

Environmental sampling and analysis is regularly carried out by the mills and refinery under environmental protection licences and reports are regularly updated and published here to comply with the Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1999. These reports can be accessed from the relevant site link below.

Condong Sugar Mill Broadwater Sugar Mill Harwood Sugar Mill and Refinery
     

 Historical Monitoring Reports

Broadwater April 2012 to May 2014

Condong April 2012 - to May 2014

Pollution Incident Response Management

Each licenced site has a Pollution Incident Response Management Plan to assist in minimising the potential for harm in the event of a significant incident. Some details of this plan can be viewed by clicking on the plan link below.

Sunshine Sugar Pollution Incident Response Management Plan