DATS provides skip bin hire, construction and demolition waste removal, and recycling services to the building and construction industry. We have been servicing the industry in Sydney and Melbourne for over 20 years.
Sustainability is paramount to our business. Our practices are ISO accredited – management systems, quality, OHS and safety management, environment. We are committed to reducing the amount of waste sent to landfill. More than 85% of waste collected is recycled, and we only deal with EPA approved recycling facilities. We are committed to providing and maintaining a safe and healthy workplace for our people. Our daily business would not be possible without the input and energy from the men and women in our business. Just as our fleet of trucks break down from time to time, so do people. And we are now more conscious of this since our work with MATES.
Our partnership commenced as we became more and more aware of the shocking suicide statistics in the construction industry. As a supplier to the industry, and with a workforce that has similar workplace attributes – long hours, tight deadlines, times of isolation and loneliness – we believe we need and have a responsibility to do something. Something more than ticking a compliance form.
We teamed up with MATES in early 2016 where we created a series of videos on the work of MATES, the issues that face the industry, and the positive outcomes as a result of the MATES program. These videos have been seen by thousands and drawn very positive feedback. We engaged our Brand Ambassador, Keith Schleiger, Foreman on Channel 9’s The Block, on the initiative. From the start, Keith was right behind the initiative and continues to support our work and partnership with MATES.
We currently have 4 MIC Assist workers in the business and are in the process of rolling out the GAT program to staff in NSW and Victoria. We have some exciting partnership plans with MATES, and want to play a role in reducing suicide in the industry, and where workers and their families have quick access to support.