Waste champions celebrated at 2023 WasteSorted Awards
- Awards showcase projects that help make landfill the last resort
- 37 finalists across 10 categories from over 100 nominations received
Achievements in our State's recycling and waste industry have been honoured at the 2023 WasteSorted Awards for helping Western Australians reduce waste going to landfill and recycle more.
The annual awards recognise the exceptional leaders and organisations driving change in pursuit of the goals of Western Australia's Waste Strategy.
This year, 37 finalists across 10 categories, from individuals, businesses, government, schools, community organisations and not-for-profits showcased their achievements in their bid to protect the environment, health and promote a circular economy.
A new category was introduced this year, recognising outstanding achievements in "Closing the Loop" by working towards a low waste and circular economy future.
The awards of excellence ranged from innovation in avoiding and diverting food waste to solutions for recovering value from e-waste and preventing construction material from going to landfill.
Category award winners include:
- Community Waste Award - Repair Café Bassendean for free repair services to the community by fixing broken household items andavoiding resource consumption associated with buying replacement items.
- Inaugural Closing the Loop Award - Ashburton Aboriginal Corporation for collecting and recycling containers for bottled water while providing an employment pathway to jobseekers.
- Waste Award - Veolia Recycling and Recovery for using innovative technology in the collection, processing and composting of household waste while securing a viable end-to-end solution.
- 2023 Waste Champion - Samuel Thomas won the accolades for investing his time in repairing and refurbishing donated electronic technology, preventing over 28 tonnes from going to landfill in the past year.
The full list of winners and finalists and more information on the WasteSorted Awards is available here
Comments attributed to Environment Minister Reece Whitby:
"The WasteSorted awards are a positive way to recognise and celebrate the great work being done by individuals and organisations for their commitment to reducing waste generation, increasing recovery of valuable materials from waste, and protecting the environment.
"A huge congratulations to the impressive line-up of diverse finalists and winners for their projects across the State's waste sector. Each of them serves as an example of what can be achieved when we strive to make landfill the last resort.
"I commend the finalists and winners for their role in contributing to a more sustainable, low waste Western Australia."
2023 WasteSorted Awards Category winners
Community Waste Award
Winner: Repair Café Bassendean Inc
Highly Commended: Bottle Top Hill
Highly Commended: Perth City Farm
Winner: South Coogee Primary School
Highly Commended: Somerly Primary School
Highly Commended: Total Green Recycling Pty Ltd
Highly Commended: South Metropolitan Health Service (SMHS)
Waste Champion Individual Award
Winner: Sam's Spares
Highly Commended: Bottle Top Hill
Highly Commended: The Feelgood Fashionista
Waste Champion Team Award
Winner: Esperance Care Services
Highly Commended: Boddington RRR
Metro Local Government/Regional Council Award
Winner: City of Fremantle
Highly Commended: East Metropolitan Regional Council
Regional Local Government/Regional Council Award
Winner: Shire of Northam
Community Engagement Award
Winner: City of Canning
Highly Commended: Town of East Fremantle
Winner: Veolia Recycling & Recovery
Highly Commended: Mash Brewing
Closing the Loop Award
Winner: Ashburton Aboriginal Corporation
Highly Commended: Donut Waste
Veolia Recycling & Recovery