At B & E Gas Supplies, we have spent more than three decades providing people and businesses of the Illawarra, South Coast and Southern Highlands with quality gas and welding supplies. We have enjoyed the relationships cultivated over the many years and have the utmost appreciation for the loyalty of our customers that have been with us since the beginning, and the more recent ones that have joined us.
We are able to continue to provide quality service and products because as the fabrication and industrial sectors have developed over time, so have we. We recognise and honour change as a vital product of good business, and with that, we are continually adapting and developing our own strategy for a more sustainable operation that reflects the values we hold that enables ‘Social, Environmental, and Economic’ productivity without causing harm to people or the planet.
We believe that as a small business, we have a duty to empower other local businesses and encourage local jobs, we do this by sourcing local services and suppliers whenever we can.
Internally, we have various recycling systems in place to avoid resources ending up in landfill. We aim to reduce our incoming and outgoing single use materials.
We separate and recycle the following materials to ensure optimal resource recovery:
- Soft plastics from packaging from products and transporting goods are baled up and recycled by Flagstaff Group, Unanderra.
- Paper & cardboard, co-mingled materials (bottles, cans, plastics, glass), and unrecyclable waste are each placed into their respective bins for collection by Veolia Environmental Services, Unanderra
- Metals are collected for recycling by Wards Metals, Port Kembla
- E-waste is collected as the technology no longer does the required tasks efficiently along with used-up stationary and spent printer cartridges which are recycled at Officeworks, Fairy Meadow.
We believe that recycling is a crucial step towards a cleaner earth and a circular economy where our actions predominantly focus on a ‘borrow > Use > Return’ practice rather than the current and unsustainable ‘take > make > waste’ approach. Like many manufacturing tools and machinery, they require regular servicing and occasionally repair. This is why ‘Repair & Refurbish’ are key principles within our business, and we regard this aspect of our operation as an integral step within our sustainability strategy to reduce unnecessary replacement of items.
At B & E Gas Supplies, the responsibility of our operations is taken seriously. Our Waste Management Strategy is in compliance with the objectives stated under the Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997, and the Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Act 2001. Our waste management strategy is continually evolving as waste and resource recovery measures become available for hard to recycle items.
We endeavour to meet the objectives devised in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals with a view to inform, empower, support, and adapt to the challenges of a world in crisis. Our business values diversity, inclusivity, and innovation. We are a family business, and as such, we feel strongly connected to our communities and aim to lessen suffering caused by inequality wherever we have the power to do so.
It is our hope that B & E Gas Supplies is recognised as a business that has a positive impact on our communities, the environment and a long future ahead.