Western Australians waging war on waste

  • Waste-reducing organisations and individuals honoured at 2018 Infinity Awards
  • Workpower wins two awards – Waste Initiative of the Year and Waste Team of the Year
  • Champions of waste reduction and recycling have been recognised at this year’s Infinity Awards.

    The annual Waste Authority awards showcase the contributions of Western Australians who are leading the way to a lower waste future.

    Workpower’s Balcatta Re-use Shop, which provides employment opportunities for people with disability, took out two titles – Waste Initiative of the Year and Waste Team of the Year.

    The shop, which turns trash to treasure, diverts almost 5,000 tonnes of waste from landfill every year.

    Former Port Hedland mayor and founder of the Care for Hedland Environment Association, Kelly Howlett was awarded the WA Waste Award for 2018 for her hands-on work promoting a litter free community and encouraging recycling and sustainability.

    Carnarvon-based environmental entrepreneur Joanne Bumbak was named 2018 Waste Champion – producing preserves and ice cream from 36 tonnes of ‘rescued’ fruit and vegetables which would otherwise have been dumped in landfill.

    Plastic Free July Foundation took out the Community Waste Award for its Plastic Free July Challenge, which this year saw 3.4 million people worldwide pledge to live without plastic for a month.

    Mindarie Regional Council won the Waste Innovation of the Year title for its Face Your Waste transparent kerbside bin campaign – showing the scale of household waste.

    Other winners included Subiaco-based, waste-free restaurant New Normal Bar + Kitchen and Southern Metropolitan Regional Council and the City of Melville for the successful rollout of its trial of a food organics and garden organics three-bin recycling system.

    Schools were also recognised for their significant contribution to waste education throughout the State.

    Hillcrest Primary School was named Waste Wise School of the Year, and Year 12 Presbyterian Ladies’ College student Sacha Winter was recognised for leading sustainability initiatives to dramatically reduce the amount of waste produced by her school.

    ABC journalist Lisa Morrison won the Media Award for a series of reports that localised the popular War on Waste national campaign.

    As noted by Environment Minister Stephen Dawson:

    “Congratulations to all the winners at this year’s Infinity Awards.

    “I am inspired by all the amazing waste reduction stories and projects and the way you have motivated others to own your impact.

    “There was a record-breaking number of nominations for this year’s awards from organisations and individuals waging WA’s war against waste.

    “Working together, the Government, Waste Authority and community of Western Australia make a formidable team when it comes to changing behaviour to divert waste from landfill, reduce, reuse and recycle.”

    Minister’s office – 6552 5800

    2018 Infinity Award recipients

    WA Waste Award 2018

    Winner: Kelly Howlett

    WA Waste Initiative of the Year 2018

    Winner: Workpower – Balcatta Reuse Shop

    Category 1: Avoid Recover Protect – Community Waste Award

    Winner: Plastic Free July Foundation (Plastic Free July Challenge)

    Highly commended: Total Green Recycling

    Commended: City of Cockburn


    Category 2: Avoid Recover Protect – Commercial and Industrial Waste Award

    Winner: New Normal Bar + Kitchen

    Highly commended: Crown Perth (Recycle 90 Program)

    Commended: Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital (Operating Theatre ‘Anaesthetic Waste Showcased’)

    Category 3: Avoid Recover Protect – Waste Management Award

    Winner: Southern Metropolitan Regional Council and City of Melville (Three-bin Food Organics and Garden Organics (FOGO) Trial)

    Highly commended: Waste and Recycling Industry Association of WA, Cleanaway WA, Southern Metropolitan Regional Council, SUEZ WA and Western Australian Local Government Association (Statewide Guidelines for Kerbside Recycling)

    Commended: Shire of Collie (FOGO Kerbside Collection System)

    Category 4: 2018 Waste Champion

    Winner: Joanne Bumbak

    Highly commended: Pam Van Effrink

    Commended: Lindsay Miles

    Category 5: 2018 Young Waste Achiever

    Winner: Sacha Winter (17) – Presbyterian Ladies’ College

    Highly commended: Nina Prado (8), and Amelie Harrison (8) – Perth College Junior School

    Category 6: Waste Team of the Year

    Winner: Workpower Balcatta Reuse Shop Team

    Highly commended: Wasteless Pantry

    Highly commended: City of Cockburn Waste Team

    Category 7: Waste Innovation of the Year

    Winner: Mindarie Regional Council (Face Your Waste Clear Bins)

    Highly commended: City of Joondalup (Ocean Reef Fish Cleaning and Waste Management Station)

    Highly commended: SpiderWaste Collection Services

    Category 8: Waste Wise School of the Year

    Winner: Hillcrest Primary School

    Highly commended: Lynwood Senior High School

    Highly commended: Santa Maria College

    Category 9: Media Award

    Winner: Lisa Morrison

    Highly commended: Emma Young

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