Hon Albert Jacob BEnvDes M.Arch JP MLA

Hon Albert Jacob BEnvDes M.Arch JP MLA

Former Minister for Environment; Heritage

    Waste reduction efforts recognised for excellence

    7/11/2015 7:00 AM
    • Twenty-eight entries for Infinity Awards across six categories  
    • Schools, businesses, government and communities recognised 

    Fremantle Ports, the City of Karratha and Hilton Primary School have been honoured for their efforts for waste reduction, re-use and recycling in the 2015 Infinity Awards.


    Environment Minister Albert Jacob said the Gateway WA project, the Food Rescue community group and Rebecca Prince-Ruiz from the Western Metropolitan Regional Council were also winners in the annual awards.


    "The Infinity Awards provide  encouragement and public recognition to entrants from community groups, government, business and industry for their waste reduction efforts," Mr Jacob said.


    "They offer an opportunity for clever waste reduction and recycling projects to be shared with the wider community and then hopefully inspire others towards positive action.


    "The diverse entries this year demonstrate the remarkable efforts made to reduce waste across a wide section of our community. I commend the contribution made by the winners and the highly commended projects in working towards a low-waste society in Western Australia."


    The Minister said the awards helped influence behavioural change, a necessary step as the State worked towards the objectives outlined in the Western Australian Waste Strategy: Creating the right environment.


    "While the State's performance has improved over recent years, recycling is still below targets and it is clear we can do better," he said.


    Infinity Award category winners:

    • Waste Wise Schools winner - Hilton Primary School
    • Business winner - Gateway WA
    • Local Government winner - City of Karratha
    • Community winner - Food Rescue
    • State Government winner - Fremantle Ports
    • Waste Champion category - Rebecca Prince-Ruiz 

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    2015 Infinity Awards winners


    Waste Wise School winner - Hilton Primary School

    Dealt with difficult issues such as no juice boxes at sports day and making beeswax lunch wraps.  Welcome packs for new families to teach waste minimisation.  Presented data from waste-free lunch days and the school is also involved in significant community projects.


    Business winner - Gateway WA

    This major road construction project required 5.9 million tonnes of materials. Through the use of recycled construction and demolition products, onsite rehabilitation and keeping transport costs to a minimum, the project has benchmarked use of recycled construction and demolition materials in civil construction projects.


    Local Government winner - City of Karratha

    Overcame isolation issues and built the first best practice waste transfer station in the Pilbara. Facilities include waste oil collection, co-mingled recycling and glass bottle recycling for sand substitute in road building.


    Community winner - Food Rescue

    The CBD Cargo Carts initiative collaborates with 30 city cafes and restaurants to save fresh but perishable food for redistribution to people in need.  They work fast in the small window of time following lunch and before closing time.


    State Government winner - Fremantle Ports

    Undertook a strategic response to waste management gaps in three diverse sites to ensure waste was managed correctly.  Engagement with the workforce, development of a waste management guideline, and site briefings were effective processes which have inspired Fremantle Ports' tenants to also implement recycling systems.  There is now improved waste tracking and source separation leading to better efficiencies in waste management.


    Waste Champion winner - Rebecca Prince-Ruiz from the Western Metropolitan Regional Council

    The 'Plastic Free July' and 'Bring one, get one tree' initiatives showcase Rebecca's energy and commitment to waste reduction and community education and engagement.  Rebecca has made a significant contribution to changing behaviour for reducing the use of plastics, through the use of quality data and social media with a global reach.