Photo copy: In Belgium, Suez also looks after the collection of waste for McDonalds. This is done by two DAF CF ‘Silent’ vehicles that drive all around the country, mostly at night, collecting the waste from the restaurants and separating it into seven different categories of waste
An anonymous office building on the outskirts of Brussels. Your average passer-by would never suspect that every day, in an office up on the seventh floor, people are working hard on the ‘raw materials revolution’. At least that is the name that the worldwide organisation Suez gives to its daily mission: the securing of raw materials for our future.
It is here, just outside Brussels, that you will find the Belgian division of Suez, a long-time client of DAF. DAF in Action is welcomed by Koen Van den Brande, Head of Marketing & Development. Van Den Brande’s enthusiasm is evident before we have even gotten past the coffee machine: “We developed this coffee cup together with one of our partners. It has a plastic layer that dissolves in the paper mulcher, meaning that the cardboard can be 100% recycled.” One thing is clear: sustainability runs deep at Suez.
Van den Brande showers you with facts like they were confetti: “In Belgium we are the market leader with 25 centres for the collection, processing and recycling of waste. When I first started working here 25 years ago we were able to separate waste into thirty different categories. Today that number is 2,000. We are now able to recycle 89% of all waste and that includes the burning of waste to generate energy. It is an incredibly dynamic.” >
DAF Trucks is not only a supplier to Suez, it is also one of its clients: Suez has been looking after the collection and processing of waste from the DAF cab and axle factory in the Belgian town of Westerlo for many years now. Since 2009 DAF has been adhering to its ‘Zero Waste to Landfill’ principle, meaning that none of its waste ends up in landfills. Suez plays an important role in the implementation of this policy.